UPDATE: 20 children, gunman among the 28 dead in Connecticut school shooting

An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., said 27 people were dead, including 20 children.

A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man whose mother worked at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., located 60 miles northeast of New York City.

Columbia couple offers sternwheeler rides on the Missouri River

Roger and Barbara Giles give friends and Boone County residents free rides in their 1930s sternwheeler boat.

MU to confer 2,352 degrees this weekend

Seventy-four students crossed the stage at Jesse Hall

Some of the deadliest mass shootings around world

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut is among the world's worst mass shootings. Take a look at some others.

Live coverage of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 27 people dead, including 18 children, news outlets are reporting. We've aggregated a list of sources for live coverage of the Newtown shooting.

State funding, health care on UM System wish list

Students, faculty, staff and leaders of the University of Missouri System weighed in on the most important issues the system faces in the coming year including state funding, fiscal responsibility and graduation rates.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU journalism graduate's parents travel far distance to attend ceremony

MU journalism graduate, Meng Ren's family traveled from Connecticut and Beijing, China to watch Meng graduate Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens College celebrates graduation

Stephens College graduates and their families gathered for Friday's commencement ceremony.

Bill Weitkemper, former sewer superintendent, will run for Fourth Ward City Council seat

 The 40-year Columbia resident said he wants a residency requirement for all future city employees, especially top management. Weitkemper said that if officials aren't living in the areas they work, they are less connected to the issues facing those areas. 



Columbia Police Department hopes to expand training for shooting attacks

The Columbia Police Department trains officers, city supervisors and Columbia Public School teachers and staff to survive shooting attacks. 

Experts offer advice on how to discuss traumatic events with children

Experts recommend using simple language, figuring out what a child already knows and and making sure a child doesn't get overwhelmed with information, among other things.

Statement by President Obama on the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

President Barack Obama addressed the shooting in Connecticut, saying that the nation needs to "take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

Obama calls for 'meaningful action' after shooting

The president has ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.

'On a Night in Bethlehem' returns to Centralia's town square Saturday night

For the second year, eight Centralia churches will stage a recreation of the Christmas story in tableaux around the city's square.

Columbia Public Schools have safety procedures in place for emergencies and crises

All schools in the district practice lockdown drills regularly, and all staff and faculty have had active shooter training.

Columbia Public Schools audit shows one mistake

The school district's finances earned two awards this past fiscal year. However, an audit of those finances showed a mistake had been made.

FROM READERS: For the love of dogs

Randee Shenkel fosters dogs for Columbia Second Chance. She shares why she fosters and how the dogs have changed her life.

Court-ordered program works to educate theft offenders

STOP, a court-ordered program founded in 2003, tries to educate people who steal about the consequences of theft to prevent recidivism. The meeting are structured as a dialogue between the participants and officers.

Rock Bridge freshmen girls swimmers start season strong

Bruins freshmen Kelley Tackett and Katy Lydon made a splash at the team's first meet of the season last Saturday at Marquette High School in Chesterfield.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce selects Matt McCormick as new president

Matt McCormick will replace Don Laird as the president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce in January or February 2013. Laird, who served as the chamber's president for 24 years, will retire in January 2013.