Ruth Kennedy dies at 53

Ruth Kennedy of Centralia died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. She was 53.

Suspended MU engineering professor sues for $5 million

Greg Engel's suit alleges his colleagues subjected him to a hostile work environment and harassment.

Love it or hate it, the "We Are Mizzou" music video is part of a nationwide trend

Take a look at previous MU pride music videos, along with some from other colleges around the country.

Food bank starts "Adopt a Buddy" program

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is facing rising food costs for its Buddy Pack program. To raise the needed funds, the food bank has instituted an "Adopt a Buddy" system.

Peace Corps volunteers have more master's degree options at MU

A graduate fellowship offering financial assistance to returned Peace Corps volunteers has expanded its degree options to include all of MU's 96 master's degree programs.

New service website Cananybody chooses Columbia as first launch city

A new service similar to classified ads,, allows individuals to offer local services or find people offering services. It launched in Columbia on Saturday.  

Ruth Kennedy, Feb. 22, 1958 — Jan. 30, 2012, of Centralia

Ruth Kennedy of Centralia died Jan. 30, 2012. She was 53.

Harry Eugene Sanders, Nov. 24, 1918 — Jan. 26, 2012, of Pleasant Plains, Ill.

Harry Eugene Sanders died Thursday in Petersburg, Ill. He was 93 years old.

Harry Eugene Sanders dies at 93

Harry Eugene Sanders of Pleasant Plains, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. He was 93.

Columbia plans to use Google applications to communicate

The city government says Google cloud technology will protect data accessibility and will help inform and engage residents in a new way.

Missouri gymnast wins Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, again

Freshman Rachel Updike set a Big 12 Conference record by winning four consecutive weekly awards.

UPDATE: Court hearing begins on constitutionality of Missouri's congressional map

A witness testified the map could be characterized as gerrymandered, meaning districts were drawn to give one political party an advantage. 

Talk of 'tornado tourism' stirs anger in Joplin

Though the concept of guided tours of the damage from the Joplin tornado was rejected, many residents are worried about the tragedy being exploited.

Investigators conclude Air Force punished Dover whistleblowers

Federal investigators recommend that the Air Force discipline three officials for retaliation against whistleblowers.

California man pleads guilty in mortgage fraud of American Sterling Bank

Prosecutors say William Troy Goings defrauded the western Missouri bank of about $8.5 million.

Missouri senator calls for open redistricting meetings

Republican Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, wants to have open meetings for state apportionment commissions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Animal rights bill is unnecessary and symbolic

A new bill in the state House of Representatives is the latest in an exchange between the legislature, voters and an interest group dating back to the passage of Proposition B.

Rock Bridge girls basketball advances in Webster Winter Challenge

Rock Bridge beat Belleville East 65-31.

UPDATE: Republican Spence launches first ads in Missouri governor race

The ads mark the first significant campaign expense by Spence, who is essentially starting from scratch in attempting to build statewide name recognition.

Court hearing starts over Missouri congressional map

The Missouri Supreme Court has set a deadline of Friday for the decision of whether the new U.S. House map is unconstitutional.