THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Men's basketball team continues to win

The No. 5-ranked men's basketball team defeated Texas A&M before beating No. 3 Baylor on the road. Also, Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden talks to Kansas City leaders about future sporting events in the city.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: King remembrance, Missouri basketball and winter weather

Images from Martin Luther King Jr. Day remembrance, the Tigers' win against Texas A&M and the views offered by chillier weather were among last week's best photos by the Missourian staff.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Columbia girl wins NFL competition; dedicated musician remembered

Remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. and a Columbia musician, and stories about a mother dealing with a mental illness and a new Hispanic Cub Scout pack were popular with the Missourian's online readers last week.

PHOTO GALLERY: On a warm winter Sunday in Columbia, outdoor fun

After a chilly week, temperatures warmed up Sunday. Children at Douglass Park enjoyed the unexpected warmth.

Coalition fights human trafficking with awareness event in Boone County

The district of Missouri that includes Boone County has seen more human trafficking-related prosecution than any other district in the country.

James T. Cassidy, MU professor, 'father of pediatric rheumatology,' dies at 81

James T. Cassidy was an emeritus professor at MU who wrote the first textbook on pediatric rheumatology. He was honored at MU in 2006.

Lawmaker wants to undo UM policy on sharing lecture recordings

Recent restrictions would be lifted, making it possible for students on all University of Missouri campuses to freely share audio and video recordings with anyone. 

PHOTO GALLERY: NFL teams battle for Super Bowl berth

 The Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-20, and the Giants beat the 49ers 20-17 in overtime. The victors will meet in Super Bowl XLVI. 

UPDATE: Amid scandal, revered Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies

Paterno, a sainted figure at Penn State for almost half a century but scarred forever by the child sex abuse scandal that led to his stunning dismissal, died on Sunday at age 85.

ANALYSIS: Nixon's Missouri budget depends on new revenues

The proposals include raising casino fees, raising the advertising budget for the Missouri lottery and encouraging tax debtors to pay up by creating an amnesty period.

Rep. Giffords to resign from Congress this week

More than a year after an assassination attempt, the Arizona congresswoman will take time to concentrate on her recovery, vowing to "get stronger."

Amid scandal, revered PSU coach Joe Paterno dies

Joe Paterno, coach of Penn State for almost a half century, died Sunday. He was 85.

PHOTO GALLERY: Scouts learn winter first aid through games and activities

Cub and Boy Scouts from a variety of troops came out to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities with their parents at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia on Saturday afternoon.

Missouri legislators to consider changes to teacher tenure

Legislation designed to change Missouri teacher tenure and evaluations could be introduced into the Missouri House as soon as this week. The bill also would remove prohibitions on merit pay and would require performance to be considered when layoffs are required.

Family of dead Columbia deejay sues bar, bouncer

The family of Marvin Holmes filed a wrongful death suit Tuesday that alleges negligence against DC's Bar and Grill and the bar's bouncer.

Missouri men's basketball chalks up road win against Baylor

No. 5 Missouri defeated No. 3 Baylor to improve to 18-1 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. Senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe led the Tigers with 27 points, and sophomore Phil Pressey added 18 points, seven assists and six steals.

PHOTO GALLERY: No. 5 Missouri defeats No. 3 Baylor

The Tigers defeated the Bears by a score of 89-88 in Waco, Texas.  The win moves Missouri to 18-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

REDI says enhanced enterprise zone to support job growth, public schools

New jobs and more funding for education could result from REDI's plans to create an enhanced enterprise zone. Business developments and expansions within the zone would benefit from a 50 percent tax abatement for the next 10 years.

Columbia police seek information regarding three break-ins on west side

The Columbia Police Department is investigating three robberies of female senior citizens and seeking information from the public.

Boy Scouts conduct a Polar Outing

Children from the Columbia and Jefferson City area took part in games and activities in order to gain an understanding of winter first aid.