Boone County Catholics react to election of Pope Francis

Parishoners gather at the St. Thomas More Newman Center to watch as the new pope, Pope Francis, is revealed on Wednesday afternoon.

Local members of the Catholic community including students at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School and Columbia mayoral candidate Sid Sullivan share their excitement about the election of Pope Francis.

Fourth Ward candidates discuss Grasslands Project, zoning, safety at forum

During a forum Wednesday evening hosted by the College Park Neighborhood Association, 40 people showed up to hear candidates discuss infrastructure and zoning issues.

Columbia College men's basketball rolls into second round at NAIA national tournament

The Cougars rode a 21-point, 13-rebound performance from star center Jordan Dressler and one of its best defensive efforts of the year to a 68-37 victory Thursday over Oklahoma City University.

Missouri Senate, House panels defeat Medicaid expansion

The Senate Appropriations Committee defeated legislation authorizing a Medicaid expansion after listening to more than two dozen witnesses in favor of it. Then the House Budget Committee defeated two amendments that would have added the Medicaid expansion to the next state budget.

Board of agriculture experts to meet at MU on Friday

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton is the chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, which advises the U.S. Agency for International Development on scientific matters.

UPDATE: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina elected pope

Cardinals elected the first non-European pope in more than a millenium to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Francis is first pope from the Americas

Jorge Bergoglio, 76, is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed. He came close to becoming pope last time.

Columbia College's Zach Rockers rediscovers his 3-pointer before AMC tournament

After an underwhelming shooting performance in the AMC tournament semifinals, Cougars' sophomore Zach Rockers went back to his grade school gym to rediscover the basics before winning the AMC tournament.

Columbia Community Development Commission chooses design entry for eco-friendly home

Of the two entries submitted, the Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity and Peoples' Visioning design for a "net-zero home" was selected.

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine earns bittersweet 300th victory

Coach Ehren Earleywine earned his 300th win as head coach of the Missouri softball team, but a close game and a listless team lessened the victory.

Tigers work out the kinks in rout of Truman State

Missouri took on Division II opponent Truman State just two days before its Southeastern Conference opener against No. 5 South Carolina. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 14-4 on Wednesday with only four starters playing the entire game.

Missouri men's basketball team looks to be succesful at neutral sites

The Tigers are done playing at Mizzou Arena, but they won't have any more road games either. When Missouri begins play Thursday in the Southeastern Conference tournament, it will be playing at a neutral site, and the Tigers have had success at neutral sites this season.


POPE LIVE: New pope chosen, glee in Latin America

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina became Pope Francis on Wednesday. Pope Live follows the choice of the new pope as seen by journalists from The Associated Press around the world. It will be updated throughout the day with breaking news and other items of interest.

DAVID ROSMAN: A new disease is spreading in the Gray Dome

It appears that state and federal legislators, all of whom are sworn to uphold the federal and state constitutions, are now defying both.

J. KARL MILLER: Is it finally time to bury the Republican Party?

If the Republican Party does not mobilize itself to act as one party, the GOP will once again allow a Democrat to be elected president in 2016.

Texas A&M beats Auburn 71-62, will face Missouri on Thursday

Even with a broken pinkie, Texas A&M Aggie Elston Turner scored 22 points in Wednesday night's game to help his team defeat the Auburn Tigers 71-62.


Author discusses sociological motivations for Civil War

Sociologist and author James Loewen gave a lecture Wednesday about the history of Missouri's "sundown towns," suburbs which intentionally became all white.

Pros, cons of gun control debated at MU

An MU law professor and a fellow from the Cato Institute offered their views about federal gun control legislation.

Ten Missouri wrestlers earn bids to NCAA Championships

This is the second year in a row that Missouri will send a wrestler from each weight class to the NCAA Championships.


ANALYSIS: Pope captivates crowds with first words about peace

The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is the son of Italian immigrants, and his Italian is only lightly accented.