SOCIAL SNOW: Pictures and updates from around Columbia

Here's a look at what people are sharing on social media around the Columbia area about Thursday's snowfall.


MU to remain closed Friday

Officials expect that operations will resume as normal Monday. Certain continuous operations will remain open, staffed by situationally critical personnel.

Winter snowstorm shuts down Columbia

By Thursday afternoon, 11 inches of snow had accumulated downtown, and 9.7 inches were reported at Columbia Regional Airport at 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

STORIFY: Columbia residents share snowstorm experiences on social media

From traffic and road conditions to snow measurements, Columbia residents shared their pictures and thoughts on today's snowstorm on social media. 

At MU, a rare campus closing after snowstorm

All classes, exams and events Thursday afternoon were canceled, but the MU Student Center will remain open all night for students stuck on campus.

Missouri women's basketball team struggles to explain recent slump

With a big win against Tennessee on Feb. 3, the Missouri's women basketball team pulled itself within one win of postseason eligibility. But the Tigers' offense has struggled in three straight losses since, and the players aren't sure how to fix the problem going into the team's final four games.

Q&A: Sports lawyer sheds light on Frank Haith case

Sports attorney Dan Fitzgerald spoke to the Missourian by phone Thursday to help clarify NCAA allegations against Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith.

GEORGE KENNEDY: MU's budget forecast is grim with a good chance of grimmer

The report from the budget people at MU isn't pretty: a forecast $16.3 million shortfall and fewer high school graduates to recruit. Help from the General Assembly? Surely you jest.

Missouri football season ticket prices announced

General public season ticket prices will remain at the 2012 rate.

Thunder snow researcher at MU keeps tab on storm

Thunderstorms with snow are similar to their summer counterparts.


Snow club gives working parents place to keep kids safe on snow day

At snow club, children take part in snow-themed crafts as well as education activities such as reading, computer games and science experiments. 

Kansas City blast investigation involving JJ's restaurant could take 10 days

James Garrett, spokesman for the Fire Department, said the investigation will include assistance from federal agencies and the Kansas City Police Department.


New around town: Missourian suggestion boxes

Want to tell us what's news in your world? Look for our suggestion boxes at 10 locations in Columbia.

FROM READERS: Columbia duo sets out to find the best burger in town

Mark Dahl and Richard Hauschild are on a quest to find the best made-to-order burger in the Columbia area. Here, they detail their experience at Columbia's Mad Cow.

Blanket of snow swaddles Midwest, stalls travel

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Thursday. Roads were closed, and flights were canceled at Kansas City and St. Louis airports.

Flu shot did poor job against worst bug for seniors

For all age groups, the flu vaccine's effectiveness is moderate at 56 percent, but for those 65 and older the vaccine is only 9 percent effective.


Attendance 'scrubbing' tempts low-ranked schools

Some school districts improperly fix enrollment or attendance data in order to gain funding, improve standing or paint a rosy picture of the district.

Missouri lags in students taking college credit exams

Missouri ranked 48th nationally in the percentage of students participating in the program, but it had a higher proportion getting passing scores.

Mo. House panel mulls evolution teaching bill

The House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a measure that would require state officials to develop guidelines for teaching evolution in public schools.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Defining an ‘assault’ on the Constitution

Our opinion is proposed legislation by state Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, to prohibit assault weapons and large-capacity magazines is unconstitutional.