PHOTO GALLERY: 1,700 units of blood collected at spring blood drive

The three-day blood drive took place at MU's Student Recreation Complex.

Missouri javelin thrower shows lots of potential

Former high school quarterback Macauley Garton focused on throwing the javelin after a knee injury ended his football career.

UPDATE: Death in south Columbia investigated as homicide

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a robbery and unresponsive person at 2416 Cimarron Drive. Police identified the victim as Brian Daniels, 46.


Freshmen fueled by challenge of playing varsity soccer for Rock Bridge

Playing on varsity as freshmen for a girls team that has won four consecutive district championships has been no easy task. But the Bruins' Danni Hrdina and Cara Wilfong wouldn’t want it any other way.

Scientist's new book highlights animals' feelings

Jonathan Balcombe, speaker at this week's "CAFO - Far From the Farm" symposium, is an animal behavior scientist who has written several books on animals' perception of feeling.

Curators vote to expand stress-reducing program for UM System employees

Already available in Columbia, the program will now accommodate employees at the Rolla, St. Louis and Kansas City campuses. 

Champion bur oak vandalized with spray paint

The owner said the best approach is to let the paint wear off the tree near McBaine.


Teacher brings bilingual approach to Rock Bridge Preschool classroom

Many studies show the advantages of becoming bilingual at an early age. Puerto Rican-born teacher Natalia Prats wants to instill those benefits in the children of her dual Spanish and English preschool class.

Columbia Board of Health recommends fluoride levels in water stay same

The Board of Health reviewed the city's fluoride levels in response to a request made by Columbia residents and Sixth Ward council member Barbara Hoppe. 

Baseball game between Rock Bridge, Hickman postponed

The teams will play a make-up game April 23 at Hickman High School. 

Flooding closes roads in Boone County

Sanborn Field recorded 2.08 inches of rain Wednesday from the spring storm system that swept across Missouri.

Elliott, Blues shut out Wild

Blues goalie Brian Elliott notched his third straight shutout in the win.


Hazell Dean Hitt was a passionate business person and active family member

Hazell Dean Hitt died at her home on Saturday, April 6, 2013. She was 83.

Jacob Watts, March 25, 2013 — April 9, 2013, of Columbia

Jacob was born March 25, 2013, to Robert and Hannah Hessing Watts, who survive.

Hazell Dean Hitt, 83, of Columbia, died April 6, 2013

Mrs. Hitt worked in finance as an advisor and consultant. She retired from the business profession at age 50 to dedicate herself to what she really loved: music, ballet, gardening, her dogs and gourmet cooking.

FROM READERS: Mother argues same-sex benefits would save tax money

Jennifer Sprague, a mother of triplets, wrote this essay a year ago about the difficulties of obtaining medical benefits for same-sex couples while pregnant with her children.

Changes in MLB collective bargaining agreement affecting high school prospects

Because of spending limitations for major league teams, top prospects are choosing to play college baseball rather than agreeing to meager minor league contracts.

Cardinals rookie Adams making positive first impression at plate

The 24-year-old Adams is hitting .643 thus far in his rookie season.

Severe storms hit Midwest with rain, snow, dangerous winds

Utility workers scrambled to restore power to more than 23,000 still-affected Missouri homes and businesses. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency.

Missouri House rejects educator evaluation legislation

The legislation called for schools to adopt evaluation systems for educators centered on student achievement which would also change the qualifications for earning tenure.