Caffeine beneficial for some students, but excess consumption is problematic

MU student Kellie Stanfield, right, has coffee with her friend Meredith Turk at Panera Bread in downtown Columbia on Friday. Stanfield has Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which causes her to be fatigued. She was diagnosed when she was in high school. She said she usually has 4 cups of coffee per day to stay awake.

Research demonstrates that there are some health benefits to drinking coffee, but excessive caffeine consumption — especially when energy drinks are part of the mix — are causing sleep problems and anxiety for a significant percentage of college students, who aren't great at handling stress in the first place.

Columbia experiences record high temperature

Temperatures reached a record-breaking 75 degrees on Monday afternoon, bringing shorts-clad Columbians to downtown and raising concerns about a worsening drought. 

City Council considers proposals for abandoned Heibel-March Building

The historic Heibel-March Building has become dilapidated after 15 years of vacancy, but city officials hope Grove Construction can clean it up.

Mental toughness a work in progress for Missouri men's basketball

Missouri coach Frank Haith says his team has to play even harder to avoid the kind of upsets other top-ranked teams have suffered.

Regulations could be lifted for some tents within city limits

A city official says a proposal would strike a balance between tent safety and feasibility of inspections.

LET'S TALK: Rape, rape culture and the bigger dialogue

Although the suspension and rape allegations against Michael Dixon Jr. brought the conversation about rape culture to the forefront of a lot of minds, the issue is part of a bigger dialogue.

Missouri moves up to No. 12 in AP rankings

The Tigers were previously ranked No. 16 and moved up after beating Appalachian State.

FastCAT transit initiative report shows room for growth, increasing costs

The FastCAT transit initiative has only reached 10.7 percent of the sales goal needed to cover operating costs, according to a report to Columbia City Council from City Manager Mike Matthes.

Boone County firefighters stop spread of rural brush fire

Boone County firefighters put out a two-acre brush fire on Monday.

Missouri football's Yost resigns

David Yost, who was on Missouri football's coaching staff since head coach Gary Pinkel became coach 12 seasons ago, is resigning for personal reasons.


Missouri women's basketball shoots down Tennessee-Martin

The Tigers beat Tennessee-Martin 82-71 on Monday night at Mizzou Arena behind the long-range shooting of Morgan Eye.

Longtime Columbia resident was always helping others

Wilma Iris Via is remembered for her giving manner that touched people's hearts. She was 90.


Cause not determined in apparent gas line eruption Nov. 3

Fire investigators say gas leak, bug fogger are possible sources.

Gov. Nixon appoints Paul C. Wilson to Missouri Supreme Court

Wilson is a local Columbia attorney and served a short while as a judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit in Cole County.

UPDATE: Officials still investigating drowning of Columbia native Arianna Alioto

No lifeguards were present when Rock Bridge alumna Arianna Alioto was found after drowning in a swimming pool at Northern Michigan University. 

Small fire extinguished quickly at Gates Rubber Corp.

There were no injuries in a small fire that occurred in the southeast part of Columbia.

Facebook page facilitates anonymous compliments at MU

Thanks to the new MU Compliments page, the warm fuzzies have been spreading across campus since Friday morning.

FROM READERS: Confronting sexism in person is difficult but important

It's easy to stand up against victim-blaming on Facebook or with your friends. It's harder when you're talking to people you don't know very well.

Police report home invasion, domestic assault early Monday morning

Two men broke into a home on Carol Drive, and at a different residence a man reportedly choked a pregnant woman.

Non-tenure-track faculty brought into the limelight by MU Faculty Council

Profiles of four non-tenure-track MU faculty members show their day-to-day experiences working in the schools of medicine, music and journalism and at MU Extension.