Poor start has SEC men's basketball staggering into league play

SEC teams are just 3-11 against the Top 25. Missouri's 82-73 victory over No. 10 Illinois on Dec. 22 is the SEC's lone win over a top-10 team in eight attempts.

Earl James Miles, March 23, 1918 — Jan. 1, 2013, of Columbia

Earl James Miles, 94, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1 at Lenoir Woods.

Kenneth E. Cook, Dec. 30, 1956 — Jan. 7, 2013, of Columbia

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Northwood Baptist Church, 2345 E. Northwood Drive in Columbia.


Quarterback already a priority for Reid in Kansas City

The Chiefs' biggest area of need coincides with the most important position on the field, and is the biggest reason why the Chiefs went 2-14 last season.

Missouri Supreme Court overturns conviction in 1990 farm death

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Chris Koster said later in the day that the office would seek a new trial. It would be Woodworth's third murder trial.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri has an epidemic of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse in Missouri is characterized as a “silent epidemic” by members of a task force that studied the issue.

White House ramping up gun violence discussions

President Barack Obama has called the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown the worst moment of his presidency. It catapulted gun control to the top of his priority list for the first time in his presidency.

Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

They hope to start a national conversation about gun violence and raise funds for political activity, so "legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby."

Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

No deaths have been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find about 100 people who have been missing since last week when a fire tore through the small town of Dunalley.