WHAT OTHERS SAY: Another effort to change the constitution

The different between a constitutional amendment and a law has prompted misuse and abuse as interest groups seek amendments to prevent alterations by legislators.

Pingeton looks forward to fourth season with Missouri women's basketball

After a heartbreaking WNIT loss last Wednesday, Tigers coach Robin Pingeton took some time to look forward to her fourth year at Missouri. A majority of the Tigers' core will be returning for the team's second year in the Southeastern Conference. 

Boone County, 911 officials prepared to launch new facility plans

Changes would begin immediately if voters approve Proposition 1 on the April 2 ballot, officials say.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas would be forward-thinker for city

Ian Thomas could represent well the residents of Columbia's Fourth Ward.

Missouri Sen. McCaskill now supporting gay marriage

The Democratic senator's support for gay marriage is a matter of both personal belief and public policy, her spokesman said Monday. McCaskill declared her position on her blog Sunday evening

Early number sense plays role in later math skills

About 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lacks the math competence expected of a middle-schooler. MU researchers found that of 180 seventh-graders, those who lagged behind their peers in a test of core math skills needed to function as adults were the same kids who'd had the least number sense or fluency way back when they started first grade.

Music teacher jumps through hoops to teach students piano and voice

Robin Anderson, a 26-year-old Columbia resident who teaches voice and piano, uses hula hoops to help her students learn techniques through movement and imagery.

Numbers drive Gary Kespohl's City Council re-election campaign

Gary Kespohl, the one-term incumbent running for re-election in the Third Ward, cites fiscal responsibility, job growth as priorities in his campaign.

Third Ward council candidate Karl Skala wants to reaffirm committment to Columbia

The former council member has remained active in city government since he lost his seat three years ago, and shows persistence and resiliency on the campaign trail.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas will continue to listen to public if elected

Columbia resident Pack Matthews advises local citizens to vote in the upcoming city council and mayoral election April 2.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sledders take advantage of hill at Stephens Lake Park

Sledders took advantage of the Sunday snowfall to spend some time at Stephens Lake Park on Monday.


Missouri gymnast Rachel Updike advances to regionals on vault, beam

Although Saturday's SEC Championship meet in Little Rock, Ark., was the last meet for the Tigers as a team, Updike will compete individually in a 2013 NCAA Regional.

MU art student dies

Art student Emily Jackson, 23, was a friend to everyone, her professors at MU said. She died Thursday.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ian Thomas will be consensus builder on council

Ian Thomas will bring local, national and international experience to Columbia City Council.

High court gay marriage tickets cost time, money

Tickets are technically free, but some pay others to stand in line for tickets — thus the cost. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage say the cases are so potentially historic that they want to be inside the courtroom to watch, no matter what the cost in time or money.

Former Hickman student pleads guilty to carving racial slur into car

Weslie K. McWilliams pleaded guilty Monday morning to tampering with a motor vehicle, a class C felony but not a hate crime.

Elizabeth Phillippe, May 8, 1925 — March 23, 2013

UPDATE: Gun evidence links Ebel, Clements' death

The director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was killed at his home Tuesday night. A private funeral was held for him Sunday. He is survived by a wife and two daughters. The family formerly lived in Columbia, Mo.

FROM READERS: Military service benefits Columbia resident's educational and voluntary pursuits

Columbia resident Keener Tippin served in the Air Force and says his experiences there helped him deliver success in his professional and personal endeavors.

Columbia College softball team swept in doubleheader in California

The Cougars were swept by Vanguard University on Monday in a doubleheader in Costa Mesa, Calif. The Cougars lost the first game 6-2 and dropped the second game 3-0.