UPDATE: Missouri softball survives late drama to advance to super regionals

Missouri edged Illinois State 2-1 on Sunday to win its fifth-straight regional championship.

Missouri edged Illinois State 2-1 to win its fifth-straight regional championship. Missouri will host the super regional tournament next weekend, playing future Southeastern Conference opponent LSU.

Columbia's blight debate: EEZs' value as job-creation tool unclear

Proponents say an enhanced enterprise zone could bring manufacturing jobs to Columbia. However, a 2010 state audit found that promises of jobs and investment related to Missouri's EEZ program were inaccurate and often overstated.

Rock Bridge, Hickman flute trio raises money for extracurriculars fund

Three recent high school graduates have put together a flute-only benefit concert for 7 p.m. Monday to wrap up their senior fundraising project for the Voluntary Action Center's Youth Enrichment Fund. 

Missouri baseball to face Texas in first game of Big 12 Tournament

The Tigers won 2-of-3 games against the Longhorns this season.

Miley pitches Diamondbacks past Royals

The rookie pitcher limited Kansas City to five hits.

TOP HEADLINES: NATO leaders strive to keep Afghanistan resolve intact

Among today's top stories, President Barack Obama and NATO allies declared Sunday that the end of the long and unpopular Afghanistan war is in sight even as they struggled to hold their fighting force together.

Former Missouri pitcher strikes out 15 as Tigers beat Pirates

Max Scherzer recorded the most strike outs by a Detroit pitcher in 40 years.

NEWS ANALYSIS: For Missouri lawmakers, some success in compromise

On education issues, pro-business proposals and matters affecting the courts, lawmakers struck compromises this year with the theory that passing something — even if it's a sliver of the original goal — is better than nothing.

Van Slyke's 3-run pinch home run helps Dodgers top Cards

Los Angeles swept the three-game series against St. Louis. 

Schoolchildren urge Crayola to rethink recycling

A group of California grade school students wants Crayola to start a recycling program for spent plastic markers, but the company doesn't appear ready to make such a move.

PHOTO GALLERY: A partial solar eclipse at MU

The Central Missouri Astronomical Association hosted a public viewing Sunday of the partial solar eclipse at Laws Observatory on the roof of the MU Physics Building.

Columbia's blight debate: Old data used to examine poverty, population

Some citizens are concerned that 12-year-old demographic data might paint an inaccurate portrait of Columbia and Boone County. The city's population has grown about 30 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Columbia's blight debate: Timeline of enhanced enterprise zone effort

Regional Economic Development Inc. began to look into the possibility of an enhanced enterprise zone in early 2011. It first came before the City Council in January, and the council will consider re-establishing an EEZ board at its meeting on Monday.

Missouri softball wins Columbia regional

The Tigers will host their third-straight super regional.