Zastryzny will be 'the guy' for Missouri baseball

Missouri baseball players participated in the first scrimmage of the season Friday.

Rob Zastryzny has been the Tigers' most consistent arm since he joined the pitching staff in 2011 as a freshman, but Zastryzny’s junior season brings with it higher expectations and greater responsibility.

ANALYSIS: Nixon's budget likely to bank on Medicaid revenues

Gov. Jay Nixon' proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year also is likely to propose more spending than in years past, a reflection of the state's gradually improving tax collections after several lean years of cuts.

MU report warns about state law banning cooperation with federal health exchange

A researcher with the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs believes the law, approved by Missouri voters in November, will create a chilling effect.

Missouri softball gets back into swing of things

After losing in the NCAA Super Regionals last season, the Missouri softball team is eager to get back on the field.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri basketball; Hickman beats Rock Bridge in basketball; Harrisburg home destroyed in fire

This week's most popular stories were centered around sports, with a story about Tuesday night's fiery three-overtime basketball game between rivals Hickman and Rock Bridge drawing the most views. Trailing in second was how social media helped recover a band member's stolen Baxendale guitar. But sports ruled this week's most-read: Three of the 10 most-read stories from this week were centered on the Missouri men's basketball team.


THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Allegations surround Haith

The Missouri men's basketball team wins two games this week as the NCAA investigation into Frank Haith is put on hold.

Women's basketball team loses to Texas A&M on the road

The Missouri women's basketball team lost 77-58 at Texas A&M on Sunday. Bri Kulas led the team in points with 12. Morgan Eye followed with nine.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: House fire, falconing and a new season for Missouri softball

Missourian photographers captured images of a house fire in Harrisburg; the Missouri softball team getting back into the swing of a new season; and a local man trains his falcons to hunt.

Columbia residents learn about alternatives to modern medicine

More than 100 people attended the inaugural Alternative and Complementary Medicine Wellness Health Expo to learn more about alternative medicine from 20 different vendors.

Firefighters return to destroyed Harrisburg home

Three days after a home blaze, firefighters returned to the house after reports of smoke coming from the site.

Candidates for Fifth Ward council seat discuss crime, Police Department

Candidates for the Fifth Ward City Council seat say the community must be involved in fighting crime and that Police Chief Ken Burton must be held accountable for fixing morale in his department.

Missouri bill seeks to improve energy infrastructure

Legislation filed this past week in the Senate would let electric utilities seek an infrastructure system replacement surcharge for several types of projects. The bill's sponsor says consumers would save money over time through increased reliability and efficiency.

Crafton works to be more aggressive for Missouri women's basketball team

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said she's seen growth in senior guard Sydney Crafton, but wants her to continue to be more aggressive in making drives to the basket.

Three-point barrage leads Rock Bridge past Washington in MFA Oil Break Time Shootout

The Rock Bridge Bruins recovered from their loss against the Hickman Kewpies, connecting from beyond the arc often in their 76-51 victory at Mizzou Arena. Rock Bridge guards Jackson Dubinski, Ryan Kreklow and Nick Norton gave the Bruins a trio in double-figure points.

Prosecutor: Death penalty system unfair to victims

Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd said he accepted Quinton O'Dell's offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence to spare the Shippert family of the continued nightmare of a capital murder trial. He said the state's death penalty process "puts victims' families in a tragic dilemma."

UMKC School of Dentistry seeks patient volunteers

Volunteers in need of small fillings or deep cleanings will receive free dental care, including X-rays.

Missouri GOP wants to expand gun rights in state

Missouri's Republican lawmakers, who hold a majority in the legislature, hope to expand gun rights in the state, contrary to federal proposals that would limit them.

Once GOP stronghold, West veers into Dems' column

Several factors, including an expanding immigrant population and a growing number of people moving from more liberal states, have caused western states like Nevada, New Mexico and Washington to lean Democratic.

Iconic St. Louis restaurant turns 100

The Crown Candy remains in the hands of the family that founded it. Andy Karandzieff now heads operation of the eatery that his grandfather, a Greek immigrant, founded.