Alabama ticket prices drop, hotel rooms open as game approaches

Alabama fans Dave Eubank, left, Mike Palmer, Keith Palmer and Keith Harmison prepare to start a fire Thursday at the Cottonwood RV Park. The group arrived Thursday afternoon after spending the night in Memphis, Tenn. "We go to all the games," Palmer said. "When the season ends we don't really know what to do with ourselves."

Since Missouri's 19-15 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, tickets to the Alabama game seem to have steadily depreciated in value, and more hotel rooms have become available.

Columbia teachers vote to approve exclusive union representation

The Columbia Missouri National Education Association was voted to be the exclusive representatives of Columbia Public School teachers Thursday night. About 56 percent of voters endorsed the association.

All eyes on Keion Bell for Mizzou Madness dunk contest

The Missouri men’s and women’s basketball teams open up the season Friday night with Mizzou Madness, anevent featuring an autograph session, a scrimmage from both teams and skill competitionsincluding a dunk contest.

City considers shifting funds for Grindstone Creek trail to other projects

The city is thinking about switching gears on trail projects, setting aside a controversial trail along Grindstone Creek to free up money for additional projects.

Mayor announces tentative agreement for new flights to Chicago, Dallas

American Eagle airlines could add new flights to Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport starting in February.

$1.3 million gift will support MU cardiovascular, ophthalmology research

Family of George and Melna Bolm presented a $1.3 million gift to the MU School of Medicine on Thursday morning in the presence of university and School of Medicine leaders. 

Obama, Romney, Ryan, Biden: Who would you study (or tailgate) with?

Before Thursday's vice-presidential debate, we asked MU students at a nonpartisan watch party what they thought about the candidates' personalities.

Rock Bridge boys soccer assistant coach takes reigns in victory

Assistant David Graham filled in for head coach of the Rock Bridge soccer team Thursday in a 6-0 victory over visiting Waynesville.

Residents discuss placement of proposed Scott Boulevard interchange at I-70

About 100 community members discussed options for the proposed Scott Boulevard extension project Thursday night.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Proposed tobacco tax increase offers chance to improve Missouri

In Missouri, where public schools are strapped for cash, Proposition B, the tobacco tax increase, offers a realistic way to generate needed funds, prevent teenagers from developing smoking addictions and more.

MU TIGER CHALLENGE: Vote on the best fans going wild and tailgating tents

Join the MU Tiger Challenge game for the chance to win $100 to $1,000 this football season.

FROM READERS: 'Transcendent Tower' exhibition offers new vision of Memorial Union

The exhibition was researched and created by Rebecca Dunham, former museum graduate research assistant who spent nearly a year assembling and assessing archival materials to bring the exhibition to life. Check it out online on the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology's website.

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival organizers prepare for a big crowd

Organizers say the small-town festival could have record attendance of 50,000 people if the weather is cooperative.

Thirteen MU faculty, alumni to be honored at awards banquet

The 45th annual Faculty-Alumni Awards Ceremony, which is a private banquet, honors the achievements of faculty and alumni.

Two Columbia Mall fast-food restaurants reopen following inspection

Stir Fry 88 and Famous Cajun Grill, both located in the food court at Columbia Mall, passed a second inspection from the Health Department on Tuesday.

Missouri State Parks to host Katy Trail meeting in Hartsburg

Missouri State Parks will host an informational meeting Saturday for residents regarding Katy Trail State Park.

Car crashes into wall of Thirsty Turtle early Thursday

The car was attempting to evade a police officer when it smacked into the nightclub's wall.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Downtown Columbia does not need TIFs

Fred DeMarco writes that downtown Columbia can sustain economic growth without a tax-increment financing district.

Stormy, breezy conditions forecast for Alabama game

Rain, hail and high winds are expected to make an appearance Saturday afternoon.

Columbia attorney among three finalists for Missouri Supreme Court

The other finalists are Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael Manners and St. Louis attorney Stanley Wallach. Gov. Jay Nixon has 60 days to appoint one of the finalists.