Missouri men's basketball team gets tough down the stretch

Missouri defeated Illinois 82-73 at the Braggin' Rights game Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

The Missouri men's basketball team outlasted Illinois 82-73 on Saturday in the Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis.

Salvation Army needs $94,000 more to meet goal

The Salvation Army still needs about $94,000 to meet its campaign goal of more than $350,000. The organization has already raised about $260,000 this year to continue its services.

DEAR READER: Acts of kindness amid an act of evil

The most important thing I can do is continue to ask good questions of my reporters and editors to help cover the search for solutions.

Missouri basketball's Phil Pressey still shines despite poor shooting

Missouri's Pressey had a bad night shooting, but still had a positive effect on the offense in Saturday's 82-73 Braggin' Rights victory against Illinois.

Auto shop is already making plans after Thursday fire

Sound Performance's owners are looking for a temporary building to take care of current customers as quickly as possible after a fire destroyed its shop on Indiana Avenue.

Columbia blacksmith begins new business

Justin Tattitch, who works as a forester, is two months into his new blacksmithing business and would like one day to become a full-time blacksmith.

FROM READERS: Wind and snow, warmly photographed from inside

What this reader/photographer gives us in photo quality by taking pictures of the snow through a window, he gains in warmth and comfort.

Suspect accused of stealing laptop from Americas Best Value Inn

Shortly before 4:30 a.m., the suspect was let into the building by a clerk after knocking on a locked door. According to police, the suspect then displayed a handgun and demanded money. The clerk was able to escape by running out a side door and hiding, and the clerk then called police.

FROM READERS: Nutritionist gives tips on how to eat healthy during the holidays

Dietary changes can be difficult, but making small steps toward a goal of healthy eating is more successful than trying to make large nutritional changes all at once.

Phase 1 of Missouri levee restoration complete

Glen Bullington, a civil engineer technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saidFriday that the first phase of work on Birds Point levee included restoring the levee to 55 feet of protection.

Joplin church reopens after 2011 tornado

Members of the newly rebuilt Harmony Heights Baptist Church are preparing to open their doors Sunday for their first service at their new church.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Chained-Consumer Price Index makes more sense, of sorts

If lawmakers really want a more precise cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security, they have to invest in better surveys — and accept less dramatic savings, if any.

Belton street crew worker wins TV's 'X-Factor'

Missouri jury awards $108 million in home birth death

A Jackson County jury has awarded $108.6 million to the parents of a Lee's Summit woman who died of infection a month after the home birth of a stillborn daughter.