Suspect in death at Veterans Hospital pleads not guilty because of mental disease

Rudy Perez Jr., who was charged with the death of a patient at Truman Veterans Hospital, has a history of schizophrenia and was off his medication at the time of the attack Feb. 1, according to his defense attorney. 

William 'Bill' Dierker, March 13, 1922 — April 8, 2013, of Harrisburg

Bill Dierker of Harrisburg served in World War II.

Missouri baseball's Keaton Steele named SEC Player of the Week

In four games last week, three at Georgia and one against Illinois, Keaton Steele hit three doubles and a home run while batting .500. He also extended his personal hitting streak to eight games.


CrimeStoppers seeks information about Columbia subdivision burglaries

Six burglaries have taken place in the Lake of the Woods/Fairway Meadows subdivision over the past month. CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest. 


FROM READERS: PS:Gallery exhibit showcases spring's renewal

Antoine Matondo shares thoughts on PS:Gallery's newest exhibit, which began on April 2 and showcases renewal and rebirth as represented by six artists.

FROM READERS: John Hall shares images of blue herons and lesser yellowleg sandpipers

Blue herons and lesser yellowleg sandpipers are the recent focus of John Hall's photography.

William 'Bill' Dierker, March 13, 1922 — April 8, 2013, of Harrisburg

William Dierker was a World War II veteran.

Jay Dix Challenge to Cure will benefit cancer research

The 11th annual Jay Dix Challenge to Cure will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Flat Branch Park. The event will have a 5K walk, 5K run and a 10K run.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding Medicaid would help, not hurt, Missouri

Hard-working families deserve strengthened Medicaid and expanded health care coverage, and there are many good business reasons to do this.

City to mail about 2,400 citizen surveys

The survey will inquire about the Columbia Regional Airport, public health services, communication preferences and customer services.

Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, dies at 87

The grocer's daughter became Europe's first female prime minister in 1979, four years after the Conservative Party surprised itself by making her its leader.

Pope Francis' ascension signals prime time for Jesuits

Pope Francis could inspire new recruits and wider regard for the society. But he could also feel compelled to intervene in the inner workings of the order, which has had sometimes tense relations with the Vatican over the centuries.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: MU remembers deceased students, city unveils new logo

Last week's most read stories included the remembrance of nine MU students who died in the past year and Columbia's unveiling of its new slogan and logo.

STORIFY: How Columbia spent the spring weekend

From dog parks, to sporting events, to simple enjoyment of the outdoors, Columbia got outside this weekend to enjoy the spring weather.

Rock Bridge golf team finishes second at Smith-Cotton Classic

Bruins sophomore Jack Knoesel earned medalist honors with a 3-under-par 67 at Sedalia Country Club. 

Reds' nine-run ninth inning spoils Cardinals' home opener

The game was tied heading into the ninth inning, but Cincinnati ended up winning 13-4. Mitchell Boggs (0-1), the stand-in closer for St. Louis, yielded six runs while getting only one out. Only a few thousand fans remained of the largest regular-season crowd of 47,375 for the bottom of the ninth in 8th-season opener in Busch Stadium history.

Fans welcome home Cardinals, remember Stan Musial

The Cardinals' opener Monday against Cincinnati was the first game at Busch Stadium since Musial died in January at age 92. Fans stood, many with hats over their hearts, during a video tribute.


Mousekeeter Annette Funicello dies at 70

With her role as a Mouseketeer in "The Micky Mouse Club, to acting in fun-in-the-sun movies, Annette Funicello grabbed the attention of the baby boomers.

Thatcher had profound effect on popular culture

Margaret Thatcher was a target to comedians, songwriters and writers that disagreed with her politically.

Florida's Patric Young to return for senior season

Florida men's basketball player Patric Young announced Monday that he's staying in school for one more year, a decision that should make the Gators one of the favorites in the Southeastern Conference.