Columbia College softball swept by Lindenwood University

Columbia College softball played a double header against Lindenwood University on Wednesday. 

SURVEY: Win free pizza by telling us about your news habits

Willing to offer the Missourian a window into what kind of news you seek and where you get it? You'll be entered to win a $25 Shakespeare's gift card when you take the survey.

COMO YOU KNOW: Hillel Jewish Campus Center

Hillel is a Jewish student organization in Columbia. It was founded at MU in 1947 and was housed in a rented space near the campus. Today, the building is at 1107 University Ave., and the group has 700 members.

COMO YOU KNOW: Heritage Festival and Craft Show

For one autumn weekend in every year since 1977, Columbia has gone back in time with its Heritage Festival and Craft Show.

COMO YOU KNOW: Heart of America Marathon

The race began in 1960 and is held annually on Labor Day. It offers one of the most difficult courses in the nation.

COMO YOU KNOW: Hearthfires

Pagans as well as all religious groups meet at the Italian Village on the second Wednesday of every month to discuss religious events in the community or specific topics.

FROM READERS: Derrick Fogle shares picture-a-day series of Flat Branch

Derrick Fogle has taken a picture every day this year of the same spot at Flat Branch. Check out the collection of time-lapse photos here.

Few states find narrow route to gun control laws

Gun control advocates are having slightly better luck at the state level than at the federal level.

Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost, new study shows

A new study estimates that the direct cost of treatment and care for dementia patients cost the United States $109 billion in 2010, topping heart disease's $102 billion and cancer's $77 billion.

McCaskill pushes for crackdown on military assault

Although 2,500 sexual violence cases in the military services were reported in 2011, the actual number of cases was closer to 19,000, according to Defense Department estimates.

New bird flu in China mutates, might infect mammals

A new strain of flu has killed three and sickened nine people in China. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention shared the genetic sequence of the virus with other scientists to help study the virus.


Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

A White House official says Obama decided to return part of his salary each month for the rest of the year to share in the sacrifice that government employees are making.

Drones offer everyday benefits but come with risks

The unmanned, generally small aircraft can steer water and pesticides to crops, inspect bridges, pipelines and power lines and find hurricane victims. 

MoDOT names chief engineer as agency director

Dave Nichols was selected Tuesday by the State Highways and Transportation Commission, which oversees the department.

Jefferson City voters reject school bond issue

Unofficial results show 67.5 percent of voters rejected the district's request to issue $79 million in general obligation bonds to build the new school.

Small earthquake rolls through Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee

There were no damage reports from the quake.

Cardinals hit three home runs in first win of season

Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Tuesday night to even their season-opening series at a game apiece.

Scientists find possible hint of dark matter

Two years after putting a $2 billion detector aboard the International Space Station to try to find evidence of dark matter, scientists believe they finally might have.


Mamtek case moved to St. Charles County

Bruce Cole, of Beverly Hills, Calif., is charged with theft and securities fraud stemming from the 2011 financial collapse of a Mamtek U.S. project in Moberly.

White Sox beat Royals 5-2

Chicago White Sox start the season with two wins against the Royals - a team they struggled with last season