Tobacco tax ballot measure would raise money for education, cessation programs

"Vote NO on Prop B!" fliers sit on the counter of Break Time gas station off Nifong Blvd. on Friday in Columbia. According to the Missouri House of Representatives, the money from the tax increase on tobacco products will be used for public education purposes.

Proposition B seeks to boost the lowest cigarette tax in the nation, but opponents say it's too much.

Missouri quarterback Berkstresser won't shy away from contact against Alabama

With James Franklin out for at least two weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee, Corbin Berkstresser has been once again thrust into the spotlight.


Open house set for Thursday to discuss new I-70 interchange

A final environmental assessment that outlines four proposed road plans has been released, and the public is invited to view the brown, yellow, orange and green routes from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Activity and Recreation Center.

Three finalists named for Columbia deputy chief position

Each of the finalists will meet individually with Burton and City Manager Mike Matthes before a final decision is made for the position. The final decision will be made within the next few weeks.

Eleanor Dude taught love of reading

A teacher for nearly 40 years, Eleanor Dude had a passion for reading and wanted to share that with her students and friends.

Audit focuses on Missouri public defender caseloads

The state audit concluded the public defender system does not have enough information to accurately determine the staffing and resources needed to manage workloads.

UM Press author Spivey stands down on lawsuit

Don Spivey, who said last week he was planning to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the university, said in an email Monday evening he will continue to work with the University of Missouri Press. 

MU environmental clubs discuss partnership, energy transition with university leaders

The discussion centered on transitioning MU away from coal-powered energy and creating a partnership with Coal Free Mizzou, according to a Coal Free Mizzou member.

FROM READERS: Football fans share one-word feelings about Missouri's season

We invited Missouri football fans to describe, in one word, their feeling about the Tigers. Want to contribute?

Stephens softball team dons decorated bras for breast cancer awareness

The team has had several dress-up days since practice started in September, but players said this theme has a special meaning.

FROM READERS: People should be politically informed in the upcoming election

Tom Wright, vice president of the Mizzou College Democrats, thinks if people aren't politically aware and don't vote they are essentially saying they don't care what happens in the country or how it will affect them.

Two Dominican women to open bilingual day care in Columbia

Sisters Tania Johnson and Carolina Grullon will open a day care this month that will introduce children to the Spanish language.

J. KARL MILLER: Teachers, presidential candidates fight their separate battles

Conflict has filled the recent headlines: Chicago teachers, NFL referees and presidential candidates have all sparked partisan debates.

Central Methodist assistant football coach Brittanee Jacobs gets her shot

After years of being denied an opportunity to play the sport because of her gender, Brittanee Jacobs is in her first year as an assistant coach for the Central Methodist University football team.

DAVID ROSMAN: Offline research essential, even in the digital age

With the implementation of paywalls at many newspapers — and to improve their critical-thinking skills — students must develop the ability to find information offline.

Hickman softball team advances to state quarterfinals

The Hickman girls softball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 4 State Tournament with an 8-7 victory over host Rolla in Wednesday night's sectional play.

Columbia Public Schools seeks more discussion about school, bus schedules

The district designed the meeting to get community feedback on potential changes to the transportation system and what kinds of unintended consequences those changes could have.

Paquin Tower renovated with geothermal pumps, energy efficient equipment

From July 2010 to June 2011, gas expenses totaled $70,868. Comparatively, gas expenses from July 2011 to June 2012 were $12,443, an 82 percent decrease.


Vice presidential debate to face heightened importance

Thursday's debate, which airs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. CDT, between the vice presidential nominees looks to draw as much attention as last week's debate.

Seniors putting team first during outstanding Missouri soccer season

Jessica Greer and Kelley Mulcahy haven't seen the field as much as they wanted to this season, but their attitudes have shaped a winning environment for MU soccer.