UPDATE: Missouri seeks stadium expansion for SEC move

Memorial Stadium sits empty Monday at the corner of Stadium and Providence. New additions have been proposed to prepare for Missouri's move to the Southeastern Conference.

An athletics master plan released by Missouri on Monday calls for adding at least 6,000 seats at Memorial Stadium, which currently has a capacity of 71,004.

Curators to discuss additions to residential life and athletics facilities

A five-story residence hall is proposed for the southeast campus, and Memorial Stadium would grow by about 6,000 seats. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voters are at crossroad

Members of the Boone County Democratic Central Committee say the values of Democratic Party or more balanced and just than those of the Republican Party.

Columbia advocate shares transgender experience with U.S. Senate

Kylar Broadus is a Columbia man who has traveled across the country to advocate for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. On June 12, his experience led him to become the first openly transgender person to speak before the U.S. Senate.

Missouri Supreme Court hears challenges to ballot initiatives

The state Supreme Court questioned Monday whether three ballot initiatives should be placed before voters in November if they rule to stop the state auditor from providing financial reports for the initiatives. 

Carl Edwards in danger of missing the Chase cut

There are 10 races left to set NASCAR'S Chase field, and there are big names in danger of missing the cut. Among them is Carl Edwards.

Weekend highs reinforce Columbia's warm weather trend

Weather stations at Sanborn Field and Columbia Regional Airport recorded a high temperature of 100 degrees Sunday. Forecasters predict the year's first triple-digit temperature might be a precursor to more heat later this week.

Missouri athletes eye berths for 2012 Olympic Games

Several current and former Missouri athletes are competing at the U.S. Olympic track and field and swimming trials. 

Next step on path to BCS playoff: Presidents chime in

The BCS commissioners will present their four-team playoff proposal to the presidential oversight committee Tuesday in Washington.

Ex-firefighter sentenced to four years in prison for involvement with 15-year-old

Former Columbia firefighter Joseph Roush has been sentenced to four years in prison for child endangerment. 

Portion of West Boulevard was temporarily closed due to gas leak

The Columbia Fire Department responded to reports of a gas leak on West Boulevard on Monday. The street was closed from Ash Street to Business Loop 70 for two hours.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: University of Missouri Press fails when it comes to academics vs. athletics

Unlike football, the university press doesn't make millions, generate headlines, show up on TV every week or pay for itself. But a scholar would recognize the value of a significant literary arm such as the University of Missouri Press.

Fire on exterior of kitchen causes minor damage to house on Providence

The fire was out within five minutes after the crew's arrival, but the cause is still under investigation.

Furcal's double in the 10th lifts Cardinals

Rafael Furcal and pinch-hitting pitcher Joe Kelly drove in runs in the 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals, who scored four runs in the top of the ninth, held on to beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

Royals starter Luke Hochevar stars in 8-0 rout of Rays

Luke Hochevar tossed his second career shutout, Eric Hosmer homered and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-0 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

Missouri 2012 traffic deaths on the rise after a 6-year decline

Traffic crash fatalities during the first six months of the year are up by 62 from last year. Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull said many were the product of inattentiveness or failure to buckle up.

Expansion, rule changes OK with SEC hoops coaches

Kentucky's outspoken men's basketball coach John Calipari has long championed the talent and depth in the Southeastern Conference — even when the NCAA tournament selection committee didn't share his optimism.

Cantwell qualifies for Olympic team

Former MU shot putter Christian Cantwell qualified for his second Olympic team Sunday. He finished third at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

FROM READERS: Personal connections with MU Museum of Art and Archaeology exhibit

W. Arthur Mehrhoff shares his personal connections with the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology's exhibit City-scapes and ponders the question, "What do our cityscapes tell us about ourselves?"

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Mental health services for youth

Missouri's Comprehensive Children's Mental Health System 2011 report details the goals and programs of the Children's Office of the Department of Mental Health.