Parkade students find joy, motivation in before school running program

The before-school running program at Parkade Elementary is now in its second year. With 80 students signed up, it has nearly doubled its size since it began.

Voluntary Action Center searching for Christmas program sponsors

The Voluntary Action Center is looking for sponsors to provide holiday meals and gifts for families in the Christmas program.

Lockdown for several Columbia Public Schools lifted

The lockdown was lifted quickly following the Columbia Police Department's investigation that determined the noise was fireworks and not gunshots.

J. KARL MILLER: GOP must overcome its internal rifts

This is not a time to complain nor to seek a scapegoat  — instead, it is time to move on and make it work.

DAVID ROSMAN: Legislators, let's get something done during 2013 session

No wonder everything seems to happen in the last two weeks of session when you are forced to stay well past midnight and work weekends to complete your job. Just like the procrastinating teenager putting off his homework until the morning it is due.

Columbia College men's basketball victory gives Burchard his 600th win

In just his 25th season with the Cougars, coach Bob Burchard sits at No. 11 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in total wins.

Missouri basketball teams sign new recruits

ESPN ranked the Missouri's men's basketball team's signing class 20th in the nation.

Cory Shawn Braden loved his family, the outdoors

Cory Shawn Braden, 28, of Columbia died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. He enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting and fishing.

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.