MU athletics department announces $30 million donation from Kansas City Sports Trust

MU Athletics Director Mike Alden announced a $30 million donation from the Kansas City Sports Trust to help fund the athletics department's master plan. The donation would be the second largest single donation to MU, exceeded only by a $31 million donation by the Reynolds Foundation to the School of Journalism.

The donation will help fund the $102 million athletics facility renovation plan the Board of Curators approved Tuesday.

Preliminary public discussion of tax increment financing underway

A panel on the possible creation of a tax increment financing district in downtown Columbia emphasized the importance of public input in the development planning process.

UM System Board of Curators approves budget, housing and athletics projects

The UM System Board of Curators unanimously approved the budget for the 2013 fiscal year Tuesday afternoon.

After overcoming fears, Missouri sophomore competes in Olympic Swimming Trials

Missouri swimmer Connor Nolan struggled this past season, but managed to overcome his fear and frustration to qualify for the 200 and 400 individual medley events at this week's Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. 

ROSE NOLEN: Congress refuses to address important issues

Our country is in a terrible shape, and Congress is doing nothing to make things. Those who survived the Great Depression could have given us some good advice. They would probably have suggested that we work together. Hmm, imagine that.

UPDATE: Damage estimated at $12,000 in The Village of Cherry Hill fire

An attic fire broke out above a vacant office suite in The Village of Cherry Hill. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

University presidents approve four-team college football playoff

Starting in 2014, instead of a championship game between the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 football teams, there will now be a pair of semifinals in which four teams play.

Food bank wins new Toyota in contest

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri won a new Toyota through the 100 Cars for Good contest, a philanthropic initiative hosted on Facebook in which online voters choose from five nonprofits each day to win a car.

MULTIMEDIA: Determination helps Hayley Leal achieve musical dreams early

Hayley, 12, plays the guitar and writes and sings her own songs. Her local performances are stepping stones toward a professional music career.

John Claude Schuder was a lifelong peace, civil rights activist

John Claude Schuder of Columbia died Saturday, April 7. He was 90.

Bruce Chen goes 7 innings as Royals beat Rays 8-2

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run shot during a four-run third inning, and Jeff Francoeur added a three-run homer during a four-run eighth in Kansas City's 8-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Cardinals win fifth straight, 5-2 against slumping Marlins

One night after Yadier Molina's tying homer in the ninth inning keyed a huge comeback, St. Louis scored five unearned runs in the first.

John Claude Schuder, March 2, 1922 – April 7, 2012

John Claude Schuder died Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was 90.

Columbia Fire Department will not be issuing burn permits

With dry weather causing an increased threat of brush fires, the Boone County Fire Protection District is discouraging open burning and fireworks. This weather could lead to the cancellation of July Fourth's Fire in the Sky fireworks show.

Students from 2012 Missouri Scholars Academy visit newsroom

A group of students from the 2012 Missouri Scholars Academy visited the newsroom Monday and shared their definitions of journalism based on their visit.

PHOTO GALLERY: Drought-fueled wildfires and coastal tropical storm

Tropical Storm Debby caused flooding and sinkholes on the southern coasts while wildfires burned in Colorado and Utah.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drought affects crops, puts stress on farmers

Extremely dry conditions in Missouri have caused a slope in production for crops such as hay, corn and soybeans. The drought affecting these money-making crops has also put considerable stress on farmers.

McCaskill to skip Democratic National Convention

Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign said she will spend the week campaigning in her home state instead.

Missouri farmers look to boost US elderberry crop

The National Institutes of Health has given five universities a total of $37.5 million for a five-year study exploring possible medical benefits of elderberries, wild yams and other herbal and dietary supplements. One of the recipients is MU's Center for Botanical Interaction Studies.

UPDATE: McCaskill will skip Democratic convention to campaign in Missouri

Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to skip the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and instead will spend the week campaigning in Missouri.