ROSE NOLEN: Your children are not your children

Parenting is a learning experience that requires discipline and the acknowledgement that you are not the sole influence on your child's life.

PHOTO GALLERY: Man enjoys birds at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

Marvin Chapman visits the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area every week to watch and photograph birds. The National Audubon Society says Eagle Bluffs is an important area for birds.

Maggie Flynn embraces role on Missouri women's basketball team

Flynn, a sophomore from Troy doesn't see much playing time but is always trying to encourage her teammates.

Missouri's Ratliffe named national player of the week

After averaging 22 points and 7 rebounds in wins over Texas A&M and Baylor, Ricardo Ratliffe  was named the Lute Olson National Basketball Player of the Week.

From wife to widow, living without Arch

Living through grief is difficult. Mary Leean lost her husband of 56 years last April to a rare degenerative brain disorder. How does someone carry on after losing his or her soul mate?

Rock Bridge transfer shines in first game against former teammates

After his family moved across town earlier this year, Jordan Stevens, a 6-foot guard, transferred from Hickman to Rock Bridge.

Missouri senators, representative respond to State of the Union address

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Sen. Roy Blunt and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer note the importance of investing in the workforce and creating private-sector jobs.



Proposed cigarette tax hike has failed twice before

A cigarette tax increase was on the ballot in 2002 and 2006. Both times, the measure failed, earning 49 percent of the vote.

Missouri softball voted No. 5 in preseason rankings

The No. 5 ranking is the highest the Tigers, the defending Big 12 champions, have ever received in the preseason poll.

Hollywood wardrobe supervisor Joyce Kogut comes to Stephens for Citizen Jane lecture

Joyce Kogut, a costume supervisor who has worked on some 30 films including "Up in the Air," "Jerry Maguire" and "Traffic," will speak at Stephens College on Wednesday as part of the Citizen Jane Lecture Series.

Fact-checking the State of the Union address

Wondering if what President Barack Obama says during his State of the Union address is accurate? Check out these links to fact-checking websites.

Budget withholds crucial to calculation of higher ed cuts

The budget cuts to higher education announced at Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address last Tuesday are not completely accurate. The actual cuts in appropriations to public universities are 15.1 percent.

With expansion of sports teams, Columbia College looks to add marketability

Next year Columbia College will have five new sports, qualifying the school to compete at the NCAA Division II level. For now, the school plans to stay in the NAIA.

Missouri gymnast is newcomer of the week, again

Rachel Updike becomes the first Big 12 gymnast to win the award three weeks in a row.

Centralia man pleads guilty to assault

Gary Wayne Palmer, 46, faces one year in prison and two years of supervised probation. 

Mizzou College Democrats react to State of the Union address

Mizzou College Democrats held a watch party at Boone Tavern to view President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. While the college-aged Democrats are optimistic about Obama's 2012 campaign, they are also apprehensive about their prospects after graduation.

Community members discuss traffic solutions for Forum Boulevard

A Forum Boulevard improvements meeting was held Tuesday night to inform Columbia residents about projects proposed to reconstruct problem areas of Forum Boulevard.  

Facing proposed dissolution, Downtown Leadership Council looks to solidify purpose

At its meeting Tuesday, members of the Downtown Leadership Council expressed concern about a staff report that would dissolve its duties into the Downtown Community Improvement District.

Man charged in connection with Columbia home invasion robbery

A Laddonia man, James Napoleon Woods, 41, was arrested Jan. 23 in connection with a home invasion robbery that happened Jan. 19 in Columbia. 

Columbia representative Still files bill to raise cigarette tax

Missouri's tobacco tax is the lowest in the country. Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, hopes to boost the tax per pack to pump money into education.