DEAR READER: What's yummier: Elections or Halloween candy?

As Election Day approached, Missourian staff planned for potential outcomes in preparation for an inevitably late night. Despite the unknown, excitement escalated in the newsroom, reflecting optimism surrounding democracy.

HIV researcher at MU discovers new mutation in virus

Stefan Sarafianos and his team have discovered an HIV mutation that is less resistant to certain drugs, which could optimize treatments for a disease with a short but complex history.

Missouri women's basketball survives foul trouble to beat Saint Louis

After getting into foul trouble in the first half, the Tigers pulled away from Saint Louis University in the second half for a 67-51 victory Friday night in the regular-season opener. After the game, coach Robin Pingeton challenged her team to clean up its defensive play.

Tennessee's Neyland Stadium holds football games, anthropology classes

Neyland Stadium is not only special to football lovers, but also for those who take anthropology classes inside the stadium.

Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital essay contest announces winners

The students who entered the contest reflected in their essays why veterans are special.

FROM READERS: Photos from Rock Bridge High School's production of "Urinetown: The Musical"

The Rock Bridge Performing Arts Department is presenting "Urinetown: The Musical" Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. They are also having a performance Sunday at 3 p.m. The performances are in the school's Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the event are $7.

Boone County, national voter turnout decreases in 2012 election

Fewer people participated in Tuesday's election both nationwide and in Boone County, which indicates that campaigns have failed to mobilize the electorate.


L.A. Nickell Golf Course plans three-phase renovation process

The meeting to hear public comment on the renovations to the golf course will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the L.A. Nickell Clubhouse.

Race to win Third Ward seat starts between Kespohl, Skala

Both candidates have said they hope their election in April will be friendlier than the last one in 2010.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tennessee campus before Saturday's football game against Missouri

A quick look at some of the landmarks on the University of Tennessee campus.

Drought has two-pronged effect on deer season

The drought contributed to the fewest acorns in the 52-year history of the oak mast survey, white oaks were hurt worse than red oaks. Since deer will go to red oaks for food, wise hunters are trying to find red oaks. Even with the outbreak of a fatal disease statewide, a good hunting season is forecast.

Missouri prohibits use of crossbows in archery season

The Missouri Department of Conservation has received requests to extend the use of crossbows into regular archery season. Missouri prohibits the use of crossbows in archery season on the grounds that the weapons are more like firearms than traditional archery equipment.

Missouri football and men's basketball players tweet about birthdays, faith and the election

Get a glimpse of what Missouri football and men's basketball players tweeted about this week as they prepared for their games against Tennessee and Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville this weekend.

TIGERS REPORT: For Missouri and Tennessee, a must-win game Saturday

Missouri and Tennessee have both seen a strength on one side of the ball — the Tigers on defense, the Volunteers on offense — offset by struggles on the other side.

FROM READERS: Columbia Metro Rotary Club dedicated to helping students with literacy

Last month, Columbia Metro Rotary presented its annual Literacy Development Award to the Columbia Public Schools' Title I program.

Columbia tobacco store struggles after change in tobacco rolling law

Bruce Hendren, owner of Columbia tobacco shop Roll On, said a change in federal law regarding roll-your-own cigarette machines has crippled his business.


TIGER KICKOFF: Ten things you didn't know about Tennessee

From aquatic tailgating to indecent exposure, the University of Tennessee and the city of Knoxville have storied histories and a host of unique traditions.

TIGER KICKOFF: Missouri football benefiting from Marcus Murphy's quickness

Returner Marcus Murphy, a backup at tailback, has capitalized on the opportunities he's had to get the ball into his hands, coming in at second for most touchdowns on the team.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball loses at home to Florida

The Tigers were swept 3-0 by Florida for the second time this season Friday evening at the Hearnes Center.

Rock Bridge freshman striker at the center of attention

Rock Bridge soccer coaches and players have different views on how much attention freshman Tarnue Tyler deserves.