LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Oppose 'Freedom to Pray' amendment

Teachers need to be sensitive to religious beliefs, but they cannot be made responsible for presenting lessons that are free from religious contradictions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Davis committed to helping Republican candidates

John Davis, Republican candidate for Columbia's Third Ward committeeman, is willing to devote his time and energy to advancing Republican issues and candidates.

MU freshman enrollment expected to top 6,600

MU is expecting another record-breaking class with more than 6,600 students submitting deposits.

Double-decker Megabus loses control, crashes near St. Louis

A double-decker Megabus crashed into a concrete bridge support outside St. Louis on Thursday after blowing a tire.

Missouri football's T.J. Moe on watch list

Missouri senior wide receiver T.J. Moe was one of 49 players named to the watch list for the Hornung Award, which recognizes the most versatile player in college football.

Columbia's alternative gay bar, club to relocate downtown

SoCo Club will be packing up at its south side location and moving to downtown Columbia this September. The club will continue its popular Thursday night tradition "Divas by Design" in the new venue, which offers new features, events and scheduling options. 

Royals survive rally by Indians, win 7-6 in 11 innings

Alcides Escobar's two-strike hit scored Eric Hosmer, who led off the 11th inning with a single.

Rockies avoid sweep, beat Cardinals 8-2

Wilin Rosario hit his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot off reliever Brian Fuentes in the eighth inning, and Jordan Pacheco went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs to help the Rockies snap a five-game losing streak. It was their first win in their last eight games at Coors Field.

Columbia mothers will gather to beat world breast-feeding record Friday, Saturday

Columbia women and their infants will participate in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event being held Friday and Saturday. The event's goal is to raise awareness on the health benefits of breast-feeding and to eliminate breast-feeding stigmas. 

London Olympics: Douglas wins all-around title, giving her 2nd gold

Gabby Douglas adds the all-around title Thursday to the one she won with the U.S. team two nights ago at the London Games.

Incoming MU freshman to play in 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship

London Olympics: 5 things to know for Thursday

Five things to know about the London Olympics on Thursday.

London Olympics: Brazilian men unbeaten in Olympic beach volleyball

Three American teams finished the beach volleyball round-robin atop their pools, and defending Brazilian world champions struggled through an extended first set to beat Italy on Thursday and win their pool.

Holliday hits 2 homers as Cardinals beat Rockies

Matt Holliday homered twice and drove in five runs and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 on a rain-soaked Wednesday night.

Missouri settles charges against mortgage company

The now-closed company, DocX, a mortgage services company, and its former president were indicted in February on charges of forgery and false declarations.

London Olympics: Phelps wins first individual gold in 200 IM

Rebecca Soni of the United States set another world record to defend her 200-meter breaststroke title at the London Olympics on Thursday.

Rams rookie Michael Brockers enjoys first practice with full pads

The Rams practiced for just over two hours and will have a similar session Friday in preparation for a scrimmage Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome. It provided the first glimpse of rookie defensive end Michael Brockers in gear and gave everyone a better idea about his transition to the NFL.

Crop-withering drought intensifies in Plains

As of this week, nearly half of the nation's corn crop was rated poor to very poor,  and about 37 percent of the U.S. soybeans were lumped into that category.

London Olympics: U.S. wins women's 8 final for 2nd straight gold

Coxswain Mary Whipple received the biggest cheer as the medals were handed out under clearing skies on the pontoon. She would later be tossed into the lake by the jubilant crew.

London Olympics: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings take the spotlight

The celebrities come out to see Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, whose matches are scheduled for 11 p.m. London time to maximize their exposure on American television.