ArtTalk: MU student Ryan Johnson discusses artistic process, inspirations

MU journalism student and art lover Karen Rodriguez talks to fine arts student Ryan Johnson about why he loves what he does.

Columbia College women's basketball drops road game

The Columbia College women's basketball team lost 73-59 on Monday night at Campbellsville (Ky.) University, dropping the Cougars to 4-3.

Despite decline in numbers, southwest Missouri monks continue selling fruitcakes

The monks at Assumption Abbey produce about 25,000 fruitcakes a year that are sold across the country. The proceeds allow the monks to live out their relatively solitary lives of up-before-dawn work and prayer.

Special courts aim to keep veterans clean, out of jail

Under a new program for veterans facing some nonviolent crimes, Army veteran Clarence Johnson was able to stay out of jail and get off drugs, he hopes, for good.

Congress sees diversity in new members

There will be 73 women in the House and 20 in the Senate and for the first time, more than half of House Democrats will not be white males.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri bond issue would create jobs, invest in the future

With interest rates at an all-time low, construction companies chomping at the bit to get back to work and the state’s major public infrastructure showing signs of disrepair, the Missouri legislature should once again ask voters to invest in the state’s future.

Brothers began egg business with six chickens, now supply MU dining halls

Dustin and Austin Stanton, only 16 and 20, became successful entrepreneurs after starting an egg business with six baby chicks they received from an uncle. They now supply their eggs to various places including Hy-Vee stores and MU's dining facilities.

Hickman girls basketball wins season opener

The Hickman girls basketball team rolled to a 62-22 victory over Waynesville in its season-opener Monday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Fix the debt' with actions, not platitudes

Initiatives, innovations and ideas are needed to diminish the debt. Instead, campaign spokesmen reiterated the obvious and advanced generalities.

Army Corps seeks public input on Table Rock Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to know how the public envisions the use of the lake in 20 years.

All items in '12 Days of Christmas' now top $107K

The price of a pear tree is $189.99, an 11.8 percent jump from last year's $169.99. Five gold rings jumped 16.3 percent this year, to $750, and three French hens are now $165, instead of $150.

Trial starts in 20-year-old murder case

Authorities believe that Douglas Howery killed his wife and dumped her body in an abandoned septic tank on the family farm along the Mississippi River near Elsberry.

Cyber Monday likely to be busiest online sales day

Americans are expected to spend $1.5 billion, up 20 percent from last year on Cyber Monday, as retailers have ramped up their deals to get shoppers to click on their websites.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A bit of reality to temper upbeat energy forecasts

Americans should take the recent predictions by the International Energy Agency with a grain of salt.

Missouri man loses after challenging deputies to race

Sheriff Chris Heitman said deputies chased the vehicle at speeds of more than 90 mph into the city of Vienna.

River interests still seeking help for low water

The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River reservoir to ease drought conditions in that part of the country.

Coyote blamed for killing St. Louis County dog

The homeowners said they let their small dog outside for a few minutes, then found her dead in the woods behind the home.