Obama says flexibility won't help with spending cuts

Obama rejected a proposal floated by Senate Republicans to give the president more flexibility to pick and choose which programs should be cut to reach the $85 billion over seven months mandated by the so-called sequester.

Pope Benedict XVI to be called 'emeritus pope,' will wear white

On Tuesday the Vatican announced that after his retirement, Pope Benedict XVI will be known as "emeritus pope," and continue to wear white.

Supreme Court takes up question of sampling arrestees' DNA

The Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed whether to allow police to take DNA from people arrested, but not yet convicted, in order to solve cold-case crimes.


ANALYSIS: In budget fight, sky is falling again

Over the last week or so, administration officials have come forward with a grim compendium of jobs to be lost, services to be denied or delayed, military defenses to be let down and important operations to be disrupted. Obama's new chief of staff, Denis McDonough, spoke of a "devastating list of horribles."

Northwest Missouri city of Maryville issues boil order

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the order was issued because of a low-pressure malfunction at the water plant.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Outlook for continued growth amid uncertainty

The retail sector has been active, with new businesses opening, as well as significant expansions, relocations and improvements. The number of building permits issued during 2012 also marked an increase from previous years, with 406 requests that translated into a total valuation of $1.6 million.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Political games delay help to victims of domestic violence

Congress needs to renew Violence Against Women Act now, not only so that agencies such as Harmony House can apply for grants that are supported through the act but so that the progress that has been made since the act initially passed in 1994 in addressing domestic violence can continue.

Tuesday road conditions in Columbia: See our live updates, and contribute your observations

Tell us about the road conditions where you are and what areas drivers should avoid.

Columbia prepares for second winter storm

Residents, road crews brace for second winter blast. Temperatures were forecast to drop to 30 degrees, and the storm was expected to bring wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Overnight accumulations of sleet and snow were forecast at 4 to 6 inches. Tuesday was expected to bring another 2 to 4 inches.

Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo documents struggle, life in Rich Hill

After a career in music videos, short films and feature films, Andrew Droz Palermo has embarked on his first documentary, which portrays four teenage boys fighting to come of age despite difficult backgrounds.

Missouri men's basketball team still trying to find consistency

Two days after Saturday night's 90-83 overtime loss to Kentucky, the Tigers were still frustrated.


UPDATE: Blizzard sweeps across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas; bears down on Missouri

Nation's midsection deals with second major storm in less than a week. Accumulations of 6 to 10 inches were forecast for Columbia, and the latest warning product for Jefferson City called for 3 to 7 inches.

Columbia early childhood programs hope to regain funding

Early childhood advocates who wanted to show the importance of state funding in Columbia facilities invited legislators for a tour of Park Avenue Head Start as a model of success.

MU to close campus on Tuesday

No classes, exams or events will be held because of a large snowstorm expected in the area Monday evening. Online and hybrid classes will continue as normal.

LIVE UPDATE: Closings, road condition reports for second storm to hit Columbia

Some closings and cancellations have been reported ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit Columbia late Monday and early Tuesday. The storm was expected to bring 6 to 10 inches of snow.

DEAR READER: Copy editing resembles the art and method of solving mysteries

Copy editors can draw on techniques used by Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason to solve editing mysteries in their daily profession.

Storm warning expands to include Callaway, Cole counties

With a slight southerly shift in the storm's projected path, central Missouri could see higher snow accumulations.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Thursday's snowstorm and additional snowfall

The most-read stories of the past week were dominated by snow. After Columbia was blanketed in 11 inches of snow Thursday, readers looked to the Missourian for updates on road conditions and pictures of the "thundersnow." Here are the week's 10 most-read stories, according to Google Analytics:

Three former Missouri football players work out at NFL Combine

Zaviar Gooden ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any linebacker, while T.J. Moe bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times, more than any other wide receiver. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, a projected first-round pick, also worked out.

ANALYSIS: Money in politics? The sky is the limit in Missouri

For the past five years, Missouri has been the only state with the trio of no campaign contribution limits, no lobbyist gift limits and no revolving-door policy on lobbying.