Sen. McCaskill discusses rising loan rates with MU students

Sen. Claire McCaskill met with students as she hosted a discussion on new student loan legislation Thursday at the MU Student Center.

Interest rates on student loans are scheduled to double to 6.8 percent in July, but the Missouri senator is co-sponsoring legislation that would set the rate at less than 1 percent.

$1.1 million in pedestrian safety work slated for College, Garth aveneues

Two separate projects designed to improve the safety of pedestrians are in the works in Columbia. They will involve partnerships between the city, MU and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Former Missouri football player Munir Prince overcomes injury, seeks coaching position

In 2010, it seemed an injury had abruptly ended Munir Prince's football career. Although he could no longer play on the field, his love of the game never faltered.

Defendant in Truman Veterans Hospital homicide to remain in jail pending evaluation

Rudy Perez Jr. is no longer seeking a transfer from the Boone County Jail to the Biggs Forensic Center.

UM System vice president of human resources receives national Distinguished Service Award

Betsy Rodriguez, UM System vice president for human resources, will donate her $3,000 award to University of Missouri Health Care.

Family works to make Coyote Hill a nurturing home for neglected children

Tim and Kristi Hughes are among four couples who look after neglected or abused children at Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home, a foster care community 20 miles north of Columbia.

Fulton hikers rescued from flooded part of Rock Bridge state park

Three members of a Fulton family enjoying the day in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park were rescued by the Boone County Fire Protection District after getting separated from the rest of their group.

New York state man, 25, arrested after Columbia burglary

A man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, failure to register as a sex offender, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Missouri's Thomas will continue softball career with professional team Florida Pride

Missouri's Chelsea Thomas signed with the USSSA Florida Pride on Thursday after being selected as the squad’s 20th overall pick in the NPF draft on April 3.

Missouri volleyball recruits rank 18th nationally

The No. 18 ranking places the Tigers third in the Southeastern Conference, trailing only Arkansas (16) and Tennessee (17).

Eleanore L. Geel, 93, worked for Columbia Public Schools for 31 years

Eleanore L. Geel died May 30, 2013. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Memorial Funeral Home. Services will follow at 2 p.m. with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Eleanore L. Geel, 93, of Columbia, Aug. 3, 1919 — May 30, 2013

Eleanore L. Geel of Columbia, Mo., died May 30, 2013. She was 93.

FROM READERS: Fourth-graders write about people who overcame adversity

J.W. "Blind" Boone's motto of "merit, not sympathy, wins" is the topic of these students' winning essays in an annual writing contest.

SEC trying to boost nonconference basketball schedules

Southeastern Conference schools agreed to send their nonconference schedules to the league office for evaluation and possibly renovation.

Former Kansas City great George Brett asked to reverse Royals' hitting woes

Hall of Famer George Brett was named the club's interim hitting coach Thursday.

Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma and Arkansas

The National Weather Service reported two tornadoes on the ground near Perkins and Ripley in north central Oklahoma and another west of Oden, Ark.

Obama drawing attention to new student loan debate

The government's subsidized student loan program is back on the White House agenda one month before a scheduled interest rate increase.


Gov. Nixon says income tax cut could increase tax on prescriptions

Gov. Jay Nixon argued the bill could cost consumers $200 million a year.

Columbia man pleads not guilty to murder, drunken-driving charges

An accident killed a 19-year-old woman on U.S. 54 in March.

Missouri bill would allow MU Extension councils to levy property taxes

Extension groups could ask voters to approve funding options to help tight county budgets.