Cory Shawn Braden, March 6, 1984 — Nov. 10, 2012, of Columbia

Mr. Braden enjoyed spending his free time with his children and wife, as well as hunting, fishing and spending time with his best friend, Jay.

FROM READERS: Early morning frost coats the wetlands

Missourian reader John Hall shares these photos of a frosty, early morning trip to the wetlands near a duck-hunting range.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Court rules add to public defender overload

Missouri offenses that were once minor crimes and have become felonies create additional work for attorneys who offer pro bono service.


Photographer uses bromoils process to achieve painting effects

Kevin Dingman uses the process of bromoils inking, which produces a textured, painting-like image, to create his photographs.

FROM READERS: Local author shares experience of writing first book

Richard Houston is currently working on the second novel in the Jacob Martin series. He shares an excerpt from his first novel in the series, "A View to Die For," and some insight into his writing process.

MU, other police agencies exchange Crown Victoria sedans for SUVs

The MU Police Department has four 2013 Ford Police Interceptor vehicles and is in the process of exchanging the remaining Crown Victorias in its patrol fleet.

Group starts ad in Missouri warning of Kansas tax changes

The ad, sponsored by the recently created group Save Missouri Jobs, is an effort to encourage residents, businesses and leaders to push for action from Missouri government. It began running this week.

McCaskill, Blunt take opposing stances on taxes

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said she supports President Barack Obama's insistence that top income-earners should face higher tax rates to help trim the U.S. deficit. But Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said he opposes increasing the tax rates for anyone.

SEC, BIG 12 finalize television deal with ESPN

The Big 12 and SEC recently picked the Sugar Bowl as the site of their new marquee game, starting in the 2014 season. ESPN's deal with the Sugar Bowl calls for it to broadcast the game even in years it hosts playoffs.

SEC expansion shakes up conference, puts coaching jobs at risk

The Aggies (8-2, 5-2 SEC) rolled into Tuscaloosa and knocked off defending champion Alabama 29-24, and now the SEC is by no means a lock to get into the BCS title game. The Tigers (5-5, 2-5) have beaten Kentucky and Tennessee, adding to the coaching chaos at those schools.

Syracuse running game beginning to yield results

Since a bad loss at Rutgers — Syracuse had four turnovers and a blocked field goal in New Jersey — everything has changed in the run game, and the Orange has rebounded with three wins in four games.

UPDATE: Missouri man set free after murder conviction overturned

George Allen Jr. was sentenced to 95 years behind bars in the February 1982 death of 31-year-old Mary Bell. A Cole County judge overturned that conviction Nov. 2 and ordered Allen's release.

Rams-49ers tie draws ire around the league

The Rams-49ers game Sunday finished at 24-all, the first tie in four years and only the fifth since 1990. So the rule right now that limits regular-season overtime to one period is likely to stay the same for a while.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sorry, the polls didn't stop on Election Day

Polls dominated election coverage throughout 2012, but the only poll that matters is the the one on Election Day.

Truck problems plague southwest Missouri food pantry

A truck that travels to Columbia to pick up food for the Benton County Food Pantry is need of repairs.

Kander preps for Missouri secretary of state takeover

Democrat Jason Kander defeated Republican Shane Schoeller last week in the race to succeed Robin Carnahan.