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PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball rises to No. 2 in AP polls

The last time the Tigers were No. 2 was week 4 of 2001. That 2001-2002 team went on to lose in the second round of the NCAA tournament and finished the season unranked.

UPDATE: Lawsuit challenges new districts for Missouri House

More than a dozen people, including former Republican and Democratic state lawmakers, filed a lawsuit Monday opposing the new state House maps. The lawsuit contends that the map violates constitutional requirements regarding state redistricting.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Public Library hosts "Discovery Time" for early learning

"Discovery Time" promotes early literacy and learning in children ages birth to 4.

Kansas City group creates alternative to payday loans

Fair Community Credit, a new nonprofit group, seeks to provide more time to pay off loans and lower interest rates as the payday loan industry comes under scrutiny.

'Shake-and-bake' meth fills hospitals with burn patients

Many methamphetamine producers are turning to the shake-and-bake method, which results in more injuries. Uninsured burn victims, many associated with methamphetamine, can cause burn units to close.

Purported Bonnie and Clyde guns sell for $210,000

An online bidder from the East Coast on Saturday bought the weapons thought to have been seized from the outlaw couple's Joplin hideout in 1933.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Maybe a little chaos in Missouri election is a good thing

The state's controversial new congressional maps are evidence of a poor system of partisan influence on district boundaries.

Missouri plans savings from debt refinancing

The state hopes to refinance $317 million of principle from bonds issued by the Board of Public Buildings. 

Nixon nomination to UM System curators in jeopardy

Craig Van Matre, a Columbia attorney, was appointed in January 2011 but had to temporarily step down after no Senate confirmation came last year. 

Effort outfits Super Bowl volunteers with scarves

Organizers of Super Scarves received a surplus of uniquely designed scarves made by people from all walks of life. The blue and white scarves will help visitors identify volunteers in the week leading up to the Feb. 5 game.

Missouri House panel backs workplace discrimination law

A Missouri House panel backs legislation that would require showing discrimination as a "motivating factor" and tie the maximum punitive damages a victim could recover in a lawsuit to the size of the employer.

Demolition begins Sunday at Joplin hospital

Demolition work begins Sunday at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, the hospital that was virtually destroyed in the May 22 twister. 

St. Louis self-defense shootings to get closer scrutiny

As an increasing number of intruders in St. Louis are being gunned down by homeowners, authorities are changing how they review cases protected by the 2007 self-defense law known as the castle doctrine.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Renewed I-70 conversation

Tolls and a statewide sales tax have been named as options on how to fund improvements for Interstate 70, but what improvements would entail and the source of funds will still require discussion.

Rams hire Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator

New Rams coach Jeff Fisher formally announced Monday that Brian Schottenheimer was the team's new offensive coordinator and that Gregg Williams will run the defense.

Grieving process complicated for Penn State community after JoePa's death

Joe Paterno, the school's former head football coach, died Sunday of lung cancer. The grieving process for the ousted Hall of Famer could be complicated by the tense months that preceded his death, which were marked by scandal and a fractured relationship between his family and school officials. Paterno was fired in November for his failure to sufficiently report allegations of child sex abuse against a retired employee.

Not-so-special special teams can lose an NFL game

If it's true, as the saying goes, that "defense wins championships," the NFL's conference title games offered ample evidence that special teams can lose them.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ron Paul's service record distinguishes him from others

Lawsuit challenges new districts for Missouri House

The lawsuit includes more than a dozen people who say a new House district map violates requirements that districts be compact, contiguous and have similar populations.

Win over Baylor big boost for Missouri men's basketball team

No. 5 Missouri defeated No. 3 Baylor on Saturday in Waco, Texas, to gain sole possession of second place in the Big 12 Conference standings behind Kansas.

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