Missouri's Lianna Doty named SEC women's basketball Freshman of the Week

After the Tigers defeated Florida and No. 9 Tennessee, Missouri women's basketball freshman point guard Lianna Doty claimed Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors.

Effort to change U.S. marijuana laws seen as building

Lawmakers from both parties in Congress have been quietly working on several bills to legalize Marijuana — the first of which is expected to be introduced Tuesday. 

Missouri Senate confirms Nelson to administration post

The Senate on Monday signed off on the appointment of Doug Nelson as commissioner of administration.

Obama says need to act on gun measures outweighs need to agree on proposals

The president unveiled his sweeping package of proposals for curbing gun violence last month after the mass shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. But many of the proposals face tough opposition from some in Congress and from the National Rifle Association.

Columbia College runners place at Central Missouri relays

Cody Gorham and Devin Sander placed third and fourth in the men's 1,600-meter run at the Central Missouri Mule Relays. Emily Shultz and Julia Collins also finished eighth and ninth in the women's 1,600-meter run for the Cougars. 

Max Scherzer agrees to $6.7 million, 1-year deal with Detroit Tigers

Scherzer, a former Missouri student athlete, was 16-7 last season with a 3.74 and struck out 231, a total that trailed only teammate Justin Verlander. He was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the postseason, helping Detroit reach the World Series.

Missouri governor wants to shift duties in three agencies

The changes would take effect Aug. 28, unless the legislature rejects them within 60 days of receiving the notification from Gov. Jay Nixon.

UPDATE: Uncertainty over home dome remains for Rams

An attorney at the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission said it is "unlikely" the CVC will try to implement the Rams' plan.

Missouri Senate panel to hold hearing on tax credits

The Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a hearing Monday on tax credits before it takes up Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The end of the farm bill?

With the latest extension of the Farm Bill, there is concern that the legislation can no longer address many of the challenges farmers and the agricultural industry face.

Missouri panel to release higher education funding proposal

The Joint Committee on Education plans to release a detailed draft Monday at the state Capitol.

Missouri Senate to debate future of disability fund

The state's Second Injury Fund has a deficit of about $25 million that is expected to keep growing.

Lights out: Ravens beat 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl

Joe Flacco of the Ravens, who was voted the MVP, threw three first-half touchdown passes to cap an 11-TD, zero-interception postseason.

Fifth Ward candidate Burns is offended by lack of invitation to development council event

Development council director says Susan "Tootie" Burns was not asked to attend a Monday reception because she has no relationship with the group. Candidates Mark Jones and Laura Nauser plan to be there.

Missouri women's basketball stuns No. 9 Tennessee 80-63

After a 45-point loss in Knoxville in January, the Missouri women's basketball team handed No. 9 Tennessee its first Southeastern Conference loss in a stunning 80-63 victory. It was the Tigers' first win against a Top 10 opponent since it knocked off Baylor in January 2010. 

ANALYSIS: Gov. Nixon's plan for Medicaid could boost pay for Missouri doctors

Under Nixon's plan, the state Medicaid program would pay rates similar to private insurance — instead of the typically lower rates paid by Medicaid — for adults covered by the Medicaid expansion.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: New evidence in a 2005 murder; MU athletics announces 'major gift'

This week's most popular stories were centered around the MU Police Department's announcement it has solved the 2005 murder of MU research assistant Jeong Im. The university garnered several top-headlines: the announcement of a $8.3 million gift to MU athletics, a narrow men's basketball loss to LSU and an MU report that warned against restricting state agencies from working with a federal insurance exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Celebrating warm weather, basketball victories

Missourian photographers captured images of Columbia residents celebrating Monday's warm weather with rock climbing and skateboarding and the Missouri men's and women's basketball teams victories.

THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri men's and women's basketball teams win and lose

The Missouri men's and women's basketball teams both went 1-1 this week, and both the gymnastics and wrestling teams lost during the Beauty and the Beast meet.

UPDATE: Columbia Police searching for armed suspects

The Columbia Police Department is searching for two men in connection with a shooting early Sunday morning. Garrett Murray and Jeremy A. Ruff should be considered armed and dangerous, a Columbia police news release said.