Author Laura McHugh receives major deal on her first novel

Laura McHugh's debut novel, "The Weight of Blood," is set to be released by Spiegel and Grau, a publishing imprint of Random House, sometime in early 2014.

Woman will use battered spouse syndrome as defense in murder trial

In their defense of Sandra Plunkett — accused of killing her husband two years ago — her attorneys will present evidence that she was battered by her spouse. She will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before her trial.

Commission wants new homes to have pipes that remove dangerous radon gas

A quarter of homes in Boone County are estimated to exceed the Environmental Protection Agency's radon action level. Radon, which causes lung cancer, can accumulate in homes and be inhaled.

Proposed Missouri bill would add 36 hours to school year

The bill focuses on hours rather than days and would increase the minimum requirement of instructional time from 1,044 hours to 1,080 hours.

'Home' hard for Missouri men's basketball player Stefan Jankovic to define

The 6-foot-11 freshman forward on the Missouri men's basketball team always hesitates when someone asks this question: "Where are you from?"


Columbia College women's basketball wins AMC conference tournament

The Cougars beat William Woods 91-83 on Monday in the American Midwest Conference tournament championship at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings amid scandal

The dean of the College of Cardinals has said a date for the conclave won't be set until all cardinals have arrived.

FROM READERS: A winter sunrise and hungry birds

There was snow — and lots of it. Frequent Missourian contributor John Hall was able to snap some photos of birds after the winter storms.

Hearing set for suspect in VA hospital killing

Rudy Perez Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 1 death of 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw at Truman Veterans Hospital.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Knowledge from newspapers can empower youth

A former Douglass Park neighborhood Columbia Missourian beat reporter shares how she thinks providing newspapers to young children will give them an opportunity to engage and advocate for a better future for themselves.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri counties' turkey harvest numbers 2012

Missouri senators outline plan to curb food stamp fraud

Senators from both parties are working together to correct how and where welfare money is spent.

Study shows declining life span for some U.S. women

The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation's counties — many of them rural and in the South and West.

Route BB in Boone County to close for repairs Thursday

Route BB will temporarily close from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday for the Missouri Department of Transportation to make repairs on the bridge over Interstate 70.

Missouri Senate panel to consider expanded gun rights

The Senate General Laws Committee scheduled a vote Monday on the proposal by Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia.

Missouri Secretary of State issues alert about fake letter

Jason Kander said it falsely suggests Missouri businesses have to complete a certain form and pay a $125 fee.

Study: No quick savings from workplace wellness

Employee wellness programs might not save money for businesses but could provide other benefits, according to the study.


Landmark tree comes down in Joplin

The storm twisted the elm almost 180 degrees, and a 6-foot pole went through the center.

Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

There's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still lingering.

Clerical error halts plans for tax vote in Ozark

City Administrator Steve Childers said April 2014 would be the first chance to vote on the tax at no extra cost beyond normal costs for municipal elections.