DEAR READER: Plans and other hopes for news coverage this fall

The first week of school means a fresh start, again, for the Missourian. Two issues we plan to concentrate on this fall are safety in our community and sexual assault on college campuses.

Battle football offers respite for cousin of slain Tre'Veon Marshall

Battle High School freshman Zeontrez Marshall lost his cousin Tre'Veon Marshall this summer, and football is one part of his life that has helped return things to normal.

Missouri football's Matt White showed wit; now he shows force

Matt White made the play of the day during Thursday's Missouri football scrimmage. It was the culmination of an impressive fall camp in which White added brute force to his game.

TELL US: What would you march for today?

In the past 50 years, people around the world have marched for topics as diverse as animal rights, energy dependence, marriage equality, abortion, education and gun rights.

Fire breaks out in basement of Highlands house

The damage is estimated to be $20,000, including structural and smoke damage.

MAP scores show drop in math proficiency for Columbia students

At Columbia Public Schools, science scores are consistent, and the academic achievement gap among students persists.

State Historical Society of Missouri to commemorate Border War edict

An event at the State Historical Society of Missouri will explore a moment in the Missouri-Kansas Border War.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Honoring a father with reminders for better health

Columbia resident encourages regular colonoscopies after her father died of colon cancer in 1999.

Rock Bridge boys soccer tries to work out kinks before season

The Rock Bridge boys soccer team looks to build off its past success to reach the state championships this season. The team is ranked 28th in the nation by

FROM READERS: Collaborative research at MU leads to scientific discovery

Researchers plan to highlight the value of collaborative research on MU Research Core Facilities Day on Sept. 12.

Hole shored up after SUV crashes through Frameworks business

"It sounded quite frankly like a bomb when it came through," said Gary Duncan, owner of Frameworks Gifts and Interiors in Columbia, after a vehicle got lodged into the front of the brick building.

Power restored to 198 after cable problem near Heather Lane

A bad underground cable caused almost 200 people in the Heather Lane area to lose power for an hour and a half.

City advisory boards criticize downtown CVS proposal

The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council and the Historic Preservation Commission penned letters to the city protesting the "awkward" proposal to build a pharmacy.

Links to Learning funds classroom materials for teachers

The grant program, which held an open house at Upscale Resale on Thursday, provides thousands of dollars to teachers for school supplies each year.

Royals come up short in 9th, lose to Nationals 11-10

Kansas City trailed 11-8 going into the ninth inning but ended up losing to Washington 11-10.

Soldier guilty of murder for Fort Hood shootings

A jury of high-ranking military officers reached a unanimous guilty verdict on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and a guilty verdict on 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Hasan is now eligible for the death penalty.

Votes on Missouri income tax cut could draw challengers

The leader of a conservative group said Friday that it may recruit primary challengers to run against any Republican lawmaker who votes "no" on an attempt to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut.

Botanical garden completes Missouri plant encyclopedia

Fifty years after the series began, the Missouri Botanical Garden has completed the final encyclopedia in a three-part series on the state's extensive plant life. The third volume is almost 1,400 pages and lists nearly 3,000 plants.

UPDATE: Attorney general's office to help prosecute case of missing girl

Adriaunna Horton was last seen Monday when she got into a vehicle in Golden City, where she lived with her father.

FAA grounds MU, Nebraska journalism school drones

Researchers at the schools were using airborne robots to shoot photos and video from difficult-to-reach news scenes, relying on rules for amateur use of remote-controlled model airplanes.