MU softball rankings unchanged before opening weekend

The Tigers were ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 7 in the Softball poll.

MU women's golf finishes strong in Florida

The Missouri women's golf team kicked off the spring tournament season this week with a three-day stay at the University of Central Florida Challenge.

City survey tests waters for refrigerator rebates

Since 2008, Columbia Water and Light has offered residents air conditioner rebates. The department might extend the rebates to refrigerators as early as 2014.

Jefferson City man accused of child abuse arrested in Columbia

A Jefferson City man was arrested Monday night in Columbia on felony warrants for probation violation and child abuse.

FROM READERS: Language immersion schools help students excel

Research from the Center for Applied Linguistics found immersion requires students to think harder during the learning process because lessons are in another language, thus giving bilingual students a better understanding of what they are being taught.


Missouri gymnast progresses from walk-on to all-arounder

Whether performing in one event or all four, the Tigers' Laura Kappler brings laughter to the team.

Carolyn Ruth Blount, 83, loved traveling and adventure

Carolyn Ruth Blount of Columbia died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. She was 83 years old. 


Wilford D. Kemper, 77, dedicated car salesman and enthusiast, loved family

Wilford D. Kemper died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Columbia. He was 77.

Carolyn Ruth Blount, 1929 to Jan. 25, 2013, of Columbia

Carolyn Ruth Blount passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

Wilford D. Kemper, Dec. 25, 1935 - Feb. 10, 2013

There will be a gathering from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013, at Memorial Funeral Home.

Single teen mother discovers a silver lining

Shirley LeBlanc discovered she was pregnant at 17, and the Harrisburg teen says her son, Grayson, saved her life.

Missouri Senate committee takes up 'prevailing wage'

Lawmakers were considering two proposals Tuesday that would change the state's "prevailing wage," which is the pay rate that cities, counties and other governmental entities must pay for construction projects.

Missouri Senate backs bill to replenish disability fund

The legislation, SB1, attempts to address a pair of consequences resulting from a 2005 overhaul of Missouri's workers' compensation system.

2013 NCAA baseball favorites eye new season

Defending champion Arizona has lost key players, but says it has a good a chance as teams like Arkansas, North Carolina and Vanderbilt to make it to the College World Series.

Cardinals, Wainwright hope to finalize contract deal before opening day

Adam Wainwright, 31, who is in the final year of a contact plus extension that will have paid him $36 million over six years, said he hopes talks will not become drawn out.

Obama tells Congress: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

In specific proposals for his second term, President Barack Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation's roads and bridges, the first increase in the minimum wage in six years and expansion of early education to every American 4-year-old.

Missouri lawmakers endorse Sunshine Law measures

Lawmakers endorsed separate measures Tuesday that would alter provisions of the state's Sunshine Law. Some of the new provisions would require greater notice of government meetings and flight details of elected officials.


Study questions kidney cancer treatment in elderly

An observational study of people suffering from kidney cancer — involving people 66-years-old or older, an age group in which half of all kidney cancers occur — found that people with small kidney tumors were much less likely to die over the next five years when they chose monitoring instead of operating on the tumor right away.

Lutheran Church Synod leader apologizes for Newtown pastor reprimand

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison reprimanded an interfaith prayer vigil, which incited outrage among bloggers and social media posters. Harrison apologized for the reprimand Monday.

North Korea conducts third nuke test

The underground test, which set off powerful seismic waves, drew immediate condemnation from Washington, the U.N. and others. Even its only major ally, China, voiced opposition.