Griggs says first priority is updating master plan for parks

A familiar face around Columbia, Griggs has 26 years of experience with the department. He takes over for Mike Hood, who was director for 15 years.

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Dana Miller, 60, loved singing, painting, and dogs

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St.

Robert Christensen enjoyed family, construction

Robert G. "Bob" Christensen Sr., of Auxvasse, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Robert Christensen, May 27, 1930 — March 6, 2013, of Auxvasse

Robert G. "Bob" Christensen, 82, was active in the construction industry.

Dana Rowena Karnes Miller, Aug. 8, 1952 — March 9, 2013, of Columbia

Dana Rowena Karnes Miller, 60, died Saturday, March 9 after a long illness.

Rams sign tight end Jared Cook to 5-year deal

St. Louis outbid Miami for 25-year-old Jared Cook, who played for St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher in Tennessee. The Titans drafted Cook in the third round in 2009.

Rookie Jake Allen makes 39 saves in Blues win

Goalie Jake Allen has won six of his first seven career NHL starts, also besting the Sharks in San Jose.

Chiefs add former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel

On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs made several moves including bringing in former Missouri standout quarterback Chase Daniel.

Missouri bill would decrease income tax, increase sales tax

The Missouri Republican Senate passed a bill to reduce the state's income tax for individuals and corporations by three-quarters of a percentage point over five years while raising the state sales tax by one-half cent over the same time.

St. Louis golfer survives fall into sinkhole

One step onto the pocked section at Annbriar Golf Club and a 43-year-old mortgage broker plunged into a sinkhole. He landed after an 18-foot fall, but was hoisted to safety by his friends with only a shoulder injury. 

Florida only favorite in wide open SEC men's basketball tournament

Some see the SEC as being down this season, but coaches around the conference see a league where almost any team can win on any night.

WORLD BRIEFLY: No pope selected in first vote of conclave

In other news around the world, a Colorado judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes in connection with the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting.

California university foundations remain obscure despite new law

A new California law grants the public access to records of private foundations that are affiliated with the University of California and California State University campuses. But accessing the foundation records of the 33 total campuses isn't as easy or uniform as it sounds.

Senate approves naming bridge in honor of Stan Musial

Musial spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals, leading the team to three World Series wins. He was a three-time MVP and seven-time batting champion.

Cardinals celebrate Mass before entering conclave

In his homily, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, called for unity within the church.

Biography of Columbia pianist J.W. 'Blind' Boone expands knowledge

Mary Barile and Christine Montgomery released "Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins: The Life and Times of Blind Boone," which helps fill a lack in literature about Columbia's blind musical prodigy.

Release of water into Missouri River will be increased

The Army Corps of Engineers stood by last month's prediction that winter runoff from melting snow and rain into the Missouri River above Sioux City, Iowa, will be 80 percent of normal this year.

Efforts for Missouri River habitat still stalled

At issue is the Army Corps of Engineers' effort to create a refuge for young pallid sturgeon and other native species.

Missouri Senate panel votes to end renters' tax break

The bill would implement a recommendation from a tax-credit review commission appointed by Nixon.