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Missouri men's basketball's Pressey to declare for NBA draft

Missouri men's basketball point guard Phil Pressey announced Wednesday morning that he will forgo his senior season to enter the NBA Draft.

Former Missouri player Thornton Jenkins recalls memories of basketball history

On March 19, 1966, Texas Western started five black players for the first time in NCAA championship history and then beat an all-white Kentucky team. It also happened to be the 23rd wedding anniversary of referee Thornton Jenkins.

FROM READERS: 20th century mythology — and the story of a woman and three men

Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares her short story "20th Century Mythology — Woman Still the Root of Evil" with the Columbia Missourian.

Regional Economic Development Inc. Board of Directors votes to speak against postal cuts

The Regional Economic Development Inc. board members have voted to speak out against a proposed staff reduction at Columbia's mail processing center, citing the loss of jobs and reduced postal service.

Two teenagers arrested in connection with multiple thefts

Two teenagers who police say stole electronic devices from Columbia Public Library, a Joe Machens Mercedes dealership and a residence were arrested on Tuesday. 

Connie Guy, Jan. 20, 1921 - April 9, 2013, of Columbia

Connie Guy was an accomplished musician, writing most of her own music for the children's music program at the First Christian Church. She spent many years directing and organizing the church's annual Christmas pageant.

Rock Bridge boys tennis match postponed

The Bruins' match against Rockhurst is postponed because of rain. 

ANY QUESTIONS: What do you want to know about Columbia?

Are you trying to figure out what store is being built near your house or when the next city election is? Let us help.

Butler, Francoeur homer as Royals beat Twins 3-0

The Royals have won four straight and six of seven to move three-games above .500 for the first time since May 12, 2011, when they were 20-17.

UPDATE: Postal Service backs down on cutting Saturday mail

A statement Wednesday from the agency's Board of Governors notes that Congress has passed a spending bill that continues the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

Missouri officials defend licensing policy to senators

After being questioned by senators concerned about Missouri's new licensing process, state licensing officials remain reluctant to halt the practice.

Senate close to agreement on plans to stiffen border security

The new border security requirements call for 100 percent surveillance and a 90 percent apprehension of border crossers or would-be crossers where the majority of unauthorized entries take place.

UPDATE: Boost for background checks: Senators compromise

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., who are among the most conservative members of their parties, boosted the chances that the Senate will agree to broaden required gun background checks

Doctors use brain scans to 'see' and measure pain

Pain is the top reason people see a doctor, and there's no way to quantify how bad it is other than what they say. A big quest in neuroscience is to find tests or scans that can help diagnose ailments with mental and physical components.

Celebrated Springfield artist dies in house fire

Paul R. Dorrough was a fixture in the 1980s and 1990s around Springfield, where he would set up his easel and paint local landscapes and buildings. Dorrough originals are displayed in many Springfield businesses.

ANALYSIS: Headlines revive memories of '80s economics

Memories of economic days gone by were rekindled last week when David Stockman, Reagan's budget director, unleashed a scathing attack on years of decision-making by U.S. leaders, including his former boss.

Obama sends Congress $3.8 trillion spending plan

It projects that the deficit for the 2014 budget year, which begins Oct. 1, would fall to $744 billion. That would be the lowest gap between spending and revenue since 2008.

Westbrook throws shutout as Cardinals tee off on Reds

Jake Westbrook led the Cardinals to a win against the Cincinnati Reds, 10-0, on Wednesday.

Missouri House panel endorses ending renter tax credit

The proposal would redirect $57 million saved by trimming the tax credit to state health, mental health and social services that might benefit seniors and the disabled.

Churchill Museum in Fulton wins Missouri award

The museum and the historical society will receive the 2013 Missouri Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement in the Humanities in Missouri.

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