UPDATE: MU student killed in Megabus crash

A packed double-decker Megabus blew a tire and slammed into a concrete bridge support pillar on an Illinois interstate Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and more than two dozen others injured, officials said. The Illinois State Police said Aditi R. Avhad died in the crash and has ties to MU.

Aditi R. Avhad, an MU graduate student, was killed Thursday afternoon when a packed Megabus collided with an interstate bridge support pillar. 

James Franklin looks healthy in first day of Missouri football practice

After recovering from surgery for an injured shoulder, the Tigers' starting quarterback fully participated in the helmets-only practice and said he had no problems throwing.

Congressional Gold Medal recipient living up old age

Lawrence Diggs, who served as one of the first African-American Marines, received a Congressional Gold Medal last month for his service. But now, life is all about fishing and enjoying life.

Paddlers battle to finish Missouri River 340 in high heat

About 110 boats have exited the event so far, including Jeff Schrader from Kansas City, who averaged 2 hours of sleep each night and made it to Jefferson City before he quit. “Your arms feel like they’re going to fall off,” Schrader said.


OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS: U.S. picks up six gold medals on day 6

On Thursday, the sixth day of London Olympics, the U.S. collected eight medals, including six gold ones – the biggest leap since the game started.

Move-in delayed for residents at Brookside on College

Brookside on College residents were notified Wednesday that they will not be able to move in until Aug. 18, four days later than expected. The late move-in has inconvenienced and irritated some residents. 

UPDATE: Megabus crash in Illinois; 1 dead, 2 dozen injured

MegaBus spokeswoman Amanda Byers said the bus was at full capacity, carrying 81 passengers, when it crashed near Litchfield. It also was to stop in St. Louis and Columbia.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Numbers reflect transition to corporate university

Corporations seek to maximize their number of customers while holding down costs and commitments to their employees. Based on the numbers, that's just what MU is doing.

Topless rights group targets Columbia for event

The Go Topless organization is planning a rally in Columbia to fight for gender equality. The organization believes women should be allowed to go topless and encourages women to exercise that right in top-free states like Missouri.

Wolfe will meet with Faculty Council members about UM Press

President Tim Wolfe will be meeting with Faculty Council to discuss issues surrounding the University Press, after the council sent him a resolution last week. 

Missouri men's basketball to play Stanford in opening round of tournament

Missouri basketball will travel to the Bahamas to compete in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament from Nov. 22-24.

Former MU shot-putter to compete Friday in Olympics

Former MU shot-putter and Columbia resident, Christian Cantwell, will be going for gold in London on August 3.

Columbia Special Olympics athlete builds friendships and enjoys success

Last year, Leanna Krogman competed in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Greece and won the Special Olympics Missouri Outstanding Athlete of 2011. However, Krogman says her greatest achievement has been meeting new friends and tackling new experiences.

Two with ties to Columbia Police Department named candidates for Cedar Rapids police chief

Capt. Brad Nelson, patrol bureau commander, and Zim Schwartze, former director of the Office of Emergency Management and Public Safety Joint Communications are candidates to become the next Cedar Rapids Chief of Police.

Renovations to Boone County Courthouse Plaza to begin Friday

After months of planning, renovations to the Boone County Courthouse Plaza will begin Friday and will include road and sidewalk restrictions.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: John Davis urges Republicans to vote for him

As a candidate for the Columbia Third Ward Republican Committeeman, John Davis urges all good and true Republicans to vote for him.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri Constitution does not need amending

As an ordained minister of Evangelical Lutheran Church, Martin J. Rafanan believes the Missouri Constitution has been doing an excellent job of preserving religious liberties and does not need amending.

FROM READERS: Columbia youth participate in Missouri Boys State

Two Hickman High School students were invited to participate in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri based on their merits in leadership, citizenship, academics and character. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ryan Henry will hold politicians accountable for their votes

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Janet Thompson recommended for office for her kindness, willingness to help