Chelsea Thomas battles arm injury as Missouri softball enters postseason

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas pitches at University Field, April 12. Last week, doctors suspected Thomas might be suffering from exertional compartment syndrome, a condition that leads to numbness or a tingly feeling in the hand.

Doctors think Thomas is suffering from exertional compartment syndrome, a condition that causes her hand to go numb after arm muscle exertion.

Seniors Sommerfeld and Champagne continue resurgence for Missouri baseball team

Seniors Scott Sommerfeld and Brannon Champagne played key roles in the Tigers' 4-2 win Thursday over Kentucky.

Columbia children's water park gets makeover fit for high seas

Thanks to money provided by the 2010 Park Sales Tax, the water park and other facilities at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area are receiving major improvements.

MU looking for new vendor to run alert system

MU wants a system that would deliver alerts via email, landline, cellphones, smartphones, and pagers and devices for the deaf.

GEORGE KENNEDY: The Missouri legislature should be ashamed of itself

The combination of opportunities missed, problems not addressed and unconstitutional pandering made this legislative session one of the worst in recent memory.

Missouri golfers sixth after first round of NCAA Columbus Regional

Missouri shot a team total of 294, tying for sixth after the first round. The top five teams advance to the 2013 NCAA Championships.

Free breakfasts offered Friday as part of Bike, Walk and Wheel Week

Free breakfasts will be offered Friday morning at Flat Branch Park, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail Forum Trailhead, the Activity and Recreation Center, Lion-Stephens Park, Garth Nature Area and Wabash Station as part of Bike, Walk and Wheel Week.

School district moves forward with new elementary schools

Groundbreaking for the elementary school next to Battle High School is anticipated for the fall.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Confusion about 'reading wars' is about terminology

The confusion regarding the "reading wars" lies in the technology. What a recently published article in the Missourian calls “phonics-based instruction” is actually “intensive systematic phonics instruction,” a view of phonics that insists we teach all children all the major rules of phonics in a strict order.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kevin Crane is an inappropriate commencement speaker

There are not enough words to illustrate how disgusted I am by your decision to allow Kevin Crane to speak at commencement. Kevin Crane is a monster. I believe he is single-handedly responsible for keeping an innocent man, Ryan Ferguson, behind bars.

Dip in enrollment growth, state funding means questions for MU

The decline of two traditional sources of revenue — state money and tuition collected from rapid enrollment growth — complicates MU's quest to balance a budget that faculty say is already constricting.

Laurence Bowers ready for whatever the future holds

Whether it's basketball in the NBA or overseas, Laurence Bowers, the first scholarship basketball player in Missouri history to earn a master's degree, is prepared to take the next step.

Bryan Leath Jr. loved woodworking, volunteering

Bryan Leath Jr. formerly of Columbia, April 6, 1924 — May 14, 2013. 

Stephen L. Hering, 49, enjoyed sports, muscle cars, collectibles

Mr. Hering's hobbies included sports, muscle cars and collectibles.

Bryan Leath Jr., April 6, 1924 — May 14, 2013, formerly of Columbia

Mr. Leath was an accomplished woodworker who liked to make gifts for family and friends.

Stephen Hering, Aug. 31, 1963 — May 6, 2013, of Columbia

Stephen Hering liked sports, muscle cars, drag racing and collectibles.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Obama takes action on controversies

President Obama addressed the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, the new questions about the U.S. mission in Benghazi and the Justice Department's seizure of journalists' phone records.

Missouri bill would restrict use of welfare at liquor stores, casinos

The bill would restrict the use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash benefits on items marketed exclusively for adults. It has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon for approval. 

Missouri sheriffs would print gun permits under bill sent to Gov. Nixon

County sheriffs already have responsibility to review concealed weapons applications, applicants' backgrounds and issue the paper permits. 

Missouri House passes new tax credit plan

The plan is a final offer to state senators, who would have to pass it before 6 p.m. Friday if it is to go to Gov. Jay Nixon.