Looking for love in dwindling farm country

The Singles in Agriculture group holds get-togethers in rural communities for people who want to live on the land.

St. Louis welcomes 251-pound baby elephant

The calf isn't on view yet, but the zoo plans to hold a contest to name her.

Slive wants football experts picking playoff field

Whatever the selection committee's makeup, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive is aiming for a process the fans will buy into when the new system takes effect in two seasons. That process includes the revolutionary idea of having knowledgeable football people choose who plays in the championship game. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: General Assembly pandering, not legislating

Lawmakers have failed to pass legislation that could help the health of Missouri residents and have instead pandered to the gun rights lobby. We need stronger leadership in the legislature.

Missouri third baseman Segovia finally has his day

The Missouri players were uncharacteristically jubilant after sweeping Auburn in a doubleheader Sunday, 3-1 in the first game and 4-1 in the second game, to take its first Southeastern Conference series win at home.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Spring sporting events, a first prom in a while and Earth Day

This week, Missourian photographers captured plenty of springtime activities such as Douglass High School's first prom in seven years, a few sporting events and Earth Day activities.


MU NAACP hosts Douglass High's first prom in seven years

Douglass High School's first prom in seven years, sponsored by the NAACP, was held Friday at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at MU.

THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri football players drafted into NFL

Two former Missouri football players — Sheldon Richardson and Zaviar Gooden — were selected by NFL teams in the draft this week, and several other former Tigers signed free agent deals with NFL teams.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ: Lucky's Farmers Market to open store in downtown Columbia

The most read stories from the past week include a new grocery store coming to downtown Columbia and an employee at Columbia Regional Airport arrested for stealing items from passengers' luggage.

Rock Bridge's Jack Knoesel enjoys playing golf fast

Sophomore Rock Bridge golfer Jack Knoesel often plays faster than his opponents and leaves teammates speechless over his quick style of play. 

Missouri softball's Chelsea Thomas shuts out Kentucky

Hot bats and strong pitching by Chelsea Thomas gave Missouri the series win against Kentucky on Sunday.

FROM READERS: Mizzou alumna makes an impact in Morocco

MU alumna Cara Stuckel served in the Kingdom of Morocco as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. This is her experience, as told by Melissa Gilstrap, a student communications assistant in the MU Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Dozens of air shows cancel without military jets

Automatic federal budget cuts have grounded the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights causing organizers to cancel dozens of air shows around the country this year.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made more than $200,000 on inaugural

Although Jay Nixon can't seek re-election, he plans to keep the surplus money in a political committee to spend during his second term in office.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reducing warfare could limit carnage

Donald Kaul discusses the idea of Americans being less involved in wars, invasions and attacks to try to reduce the amount of violence in the world. 

Bill would push Missouri students on scholarships to graduate on time

The Missouri Senate, in an effort to encourage college students to graduate on time, is considering a bill that would require students continuously enroll for a certain number of credit hours each semester to continue receiving state aid.

Missouri lawmakers could seek repairs for aging Capitol building

Years of water infiltration have taken a toll on the nearly century-old Missouri Capitol. Lawmakers agree repairs need to be made, but finding a funding stream might have to wait until next year's legislative session. 

Royals split doubleheader with Indians

Kansas City Royals routed Cleveland 9-0 on Sunday to open the first day-night doubleheader in the history of Kauffman Stadium. The Indians won the second game.

Part-time professors lose work over insurance mandate

Moberly Area Community College has told its part-time professors that they will have a six-credit teaching limit this summer and a nine-credit limit in the fall semester.

Locke muffles Cardinals in Pirates' 9-0 win

Pittsburgh's four home runs in a 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday gave the Pirates a series win and the NL Central lead.