Columbia residents protest Larry James' candidacy for MU job

About 40 members of the Columbia community protested Larry James' candidacy for an MU College of Education job. James, a retired Army colonel and the current dean of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University, was in charge of behavioral science consultation teams at Guantánamo Bay and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The dean of the College of Education called a news conference to say James is still a finalist, and that the selection process will be fair and transparent.

Returned volunteers in Columbia further Peace Corps' goals

Former Peace Corps volunteers in Columbia, who are hosting the Third Goal International Film Festival on Saturday at the MU Student Center, share their own stories of serving overseas.

Missouri Bar task force publishes recommendations for public defender funding

The Missouri Bar Criminal Justice Task Force issued a list of recommendations for the state funding of the public defender system, which has been in a state of near-crisis for years.

Ryan Ferguson files another appeal to overturn murder conviction

Ferguson's petition alleges errors and bad judgment on the part of the Cole County judge who most recently denied him a new trial.

DEAR READER: Open records benefit community

Two separate incidents regarding open records this week showed that journalists are not the only citizens using the Missouri Sunshine Law.

UM President Tim Wolfe focuses on rising enrollment in speech

Wolfe discussed record enrollment growth, strategic priorities in his annual address.

Ballet director brings contemporary dance styles to Columbia

In June, the Missouri Contemporary Ballet will perform "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

Playing follow the leader might help Missouri men's basketball

Last year’s Tigers were great at it, nine guys following the veteran leadership of Kim English and Marcus Denmon, translating to a 30-5 record. But this year’s team is different.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce endorses Nauser for Fifth Ward

The group announced its support for Laura Nauser over opponents Mark Jones and Susan "Tootie" Burns at its quarterly membership breakfast.

Some Rob Sanders supporters upset over sale of police dog

The Columbia Police Officers’ Association said selling the dog at such a low price “demonstrates the continued fiscal irresponsibility and misinformed decision making surrounding Fano.”

ROTC cadets find Incoherent, injured man on Stankowski Field

The man was discovered by two Air Force ROTC cadets early Friday morning and then taken to University Hospital. 

Hickman basketball's Pennington hopes to return sooner than expected

Deandre Pennington's senior season – and high school career – was in jeopardy after a knee injury, but he has made a speedy recovery and plans to rejoin the Kewpies as they hit the season's home stretch.

Vandiver Drive apartment complex evacuated after gas leak

A gas leak at an apartment complex Friday afternoon led to evacuation.

Events mark Black History Month in Columbia

Several events around town mark Black History Month.

Text of UM President Tim Wolfe's state of the university address

Read the prepared text of UM System President Tim Wolfe's presentation at the UM Curators meeting Friday morning.

Therapy dog helps firefighters connect with kids

Two-year-old Madison, a therapy dog, travels with her handler Ron Harder as a member of the Rock Community Fire Protection District's public outreach program.

Northwest Missouri teacher targets absenteeism in new class

Since Matt Tabor began to target excessive tardiness and absenteeism at Benton High School, the school has noted a marked improvement.

Missouri legislation would improve open records law

The Sunshine Law currently allows fines of up to $1,000 against officials or governmental bodies who "knowingly" violate it. The legislation would reduce the fines to $100 but no longer require that violations were "knowing."

Missouri bill seeks to ban gender-based abortions

The bill would allow criminal charges and civil lawsuits against doctors for performing abortions on women who they know are seeking to end a pregnancy solely based on gender or potential physical or mental disabilities.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The gun industry targets the kiddie market

There are about 300,000 fewer hunters today than a decade ago and the number of hunters in the overall population has fallen from 7 percent to 6 percent. So, bring in the kids.