Martin Luther King III speaks at Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

Martin Luther King III was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Columbia Values Diversity celebration on Thursday. The event also featured a musical performance and award presentation.

The 20th annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration focused on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and their relevance in modern-day America.

MU recruits international students, bringing enrollment to record high

In fall 2012, there were 2,135 international students at MU, according to the registrar. That's up more than 9 percent from the 1,943 international students enrolled the previous year.

Columbia diversity awards given to Byndom, Job Point

The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration, now in its 20th year, held its annual award ceremony Thursday morning.

Columbia schools introduce iRead online book database

Columbia Public Schools announced a new program Wednesday called iRead, which will allow every 4-year-old child within the district to access an online database of books. 

Columbia events planned to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Several events will be held throughout Columbia next week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including breakfasts, lectures, services and more.

Former Missouri Supreme Court justice nominated for UM System Board of Curators

Gov. Jay Nixon nominated former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ann Covington to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators. Covington was the first woman appointed to the state Supreme Court.

Minnesota professor finalist for MU College of Education position

Matthew Burns, University of Minnesota psychology professor, has been named as one of two finalists for division executive director of the College of Education position.

Columbia College men's basketball streaks past Missouri Baptist

The Cougars defeated Missouri Baptist 93-61 on Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex to bring their undefeated streak this season to 19 games.

Police investigate death of woman found near creek bed

The body of a 59-year old woman was found near her home on Thursday. Police are investigating her death, which is not being treated as a homicide.

Man arrested after armed disturbance

The victims said the suspect pulled a handgun from his pants pocket and held the it into the side of one of the victims.

FROM READERS: Tales from a Buddhist meditation retreat

Reverend Dhammaruchi William B. Edwards explains the practices at and benefits of a recent meditation retreat held at the Vipassana Buddhist Church in Jefferson City.

Missouri lawmakers want to nullify federal gun limits

The state legislation maybe largely symbolic because courts have ruled that federal laws supersede conflicting state laws.

Hickman girls basketball impressive at tournament

Every Kewpies player that dressed for the game scored in their 66-26 victory over Bishop Ward on Thursday in the opening round of the Smith-Cotton tournament.

Moses Etukudo kept people smiling

Moses S. Etukudo, 57, of Columbia died at his home Tuesday.

Moses Etukudo Jan. 20, 1955, to Jan. 15, 2013 of Columbia

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Offense clicks for Tolton boys basketball in tournament win

The Trailblazers beat Brookfield 81-65 on Thursday in the second round of the Macon tournament.

Columbia College women's basketball keeps AMC mark perfect

The Cougars beat visiting Missouri Baptist 92-75 on Thursday to bring its American Midwest Conference record to 6-0.

Research scarce on how to prevent gun violence

A scarcity of research on how to prevent gun violence has left policymakers shooting in the dark as they craft gun control measures without much evidence of what works.

Inspectors find deficient levees across America

Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states.

Change in air for blizzard of winter weather terms

The National Weather Service is trying out simple, descriptive language to possibly replace its 14 watches, advisories and warnings for wintry weather — from ice storms to blizzards, wind chill to lake-effect snow.