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UPDATE: Missouri's Oriakhi drafted No. 57 by Phoenix Suns; Pressey to sign with Celtics

Former Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi celebrates after a successful rebound against Vanderbilt on Jan. 26 at Mizzou Arena. Oriakhi was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday.

Alex Oriakhi was the only former Missouri basketball player to be drafted in Thursday night's NBA Draft. Phil Pressey is expected to sign with the Boston Celtics after not being picked in the draft.

With fresh sod on MU's rock M hill, Memorial Stadium renovation continues

Renovations continue at Memorial Stadium with the move of the rock M hill Wednesday. Chad Moller, associate athletic director of strategic communications for Mizzou football, spoke about the progress of the renovations.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Columbia has plenty of problems, but not a crime crisis

City officials have a variety of solutions for a perceived violence problem, but they might be overreacting. News coverage, especially on television, can make a crime ripple seem like a wave.

MU student leader joins effort to fight Stafford loan rate increase

Nick Droege of the Missouri Students Association is urging students and others to quickly press Missouri's lawmakers in Congress to maintain the current interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans.

Eliot Battle service set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Columbia church

A funeral for Columbia educator Eliot Battle will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Missouri United Methodist Church, 209 S. Ninth St.

Columbia food bank benefits from Invest an Acre program

The program encourages farmers to donate the proceeds from a portion of their crop sales to Feeding America. 

Columbia School Board approves $181.4 million budget

The budget shows revenue for next fiscal year at $177 million, which means the district will have to draw from its reserves for about $4.4 million in fiscal year 2013-14.

From people of faith, divided responses to same-sex marriage decisions

While some religious leaders applauded the decision as a societal advance, others expressed disappointment and concern.

FROM READERS: Two different SCOTUS rulings, two different reactions

Frequent Missourian commenter Derrick Fogle shares his thoughts on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Missouri School of Journalism names eight medal winners

Among them are New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and Charles Lewis, former '60 Minutes' producer.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress must act so recent graduates have job options

Fixing the tax regime for pass-through businesses presents a major opportunity to drop the disgraceful unemployment rate in Missouri, especially for recent graduates.

DAVID ROSMAN: Approach gang problem with smart strategy, not hammers

Here's why street gangs exist — poverty and lack of support systems, few living wage jobs, poorly funded education systems and the outlook of a dismal future.  Heavy-handed police action doesn't address those issues.

COMO SOCIAL: What Columbia is talking about on Reddit

Communities around the topics of Columbia, Mizzou and Missouri on Reddit are talking about different things such as a recent shooting, luxury housing and if Missouri is considered southern.

Missouri Symphony Society's Joy of Music camp nurtures young performers

The Joy of Music Summer Camp at the Missouri Theatre concludes with a concert Sunday afternoon. The camp is designed to help children become better players under the guidance of professional musicians.

Police seek suspect in burglary; victims report indecent behavior

No arrests have been made in a burglary early Thursday. 

Series of focus groups to address health issues in Boone County

The focus groups are part of an update to the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.

FROM READERS: A tale based on the idiom 'never look a gift horse in the mouth'

Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares a tale based on the proverb that says you should "never look a gift horse in the mouth."

Weak offense hurts Royals again in loss to Twins

Kansas City pitcher Jeremy Guthrie lost his third straight start with the Royals falling 3-1 to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, but he could hardly be faulted for this one.

Senators say student-loan rate vote is unlikely before July

Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate education panel, said none of the proposals being circulating among lawmakers could win passage, and he urged lawmakers to extend the current rates for another year.

St. Louis region making push to attract immigrants

The St. Louis Mosaic Project was formally launched Thursday with an ambitious aim to make the St. Louis region the fastest-growing metropolitan area for immigration by 2020.

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