Missouri wrestling to begin season Nov. 1 on the road

Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith on Thursday announced the team's schedule for the 2013-14 season. The first match will be against North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D.

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston off to sack-filled start

Georgia coach Mark Richt knew that Justin Houston had all the physical tools to be a smashing NFL success. The young linebacker just needed to screw his head on straight.

Ground cherries gain ground at annual Tomato Festival

Hybrid tomatoes and ground cherries were voted the most popular produce at the 9th annual Tomato Festival this month.


Hallsville fundraiser to benefit Ashley Berry after colon cancer diagnosis

A car bashing, a dunk booth and a petting zoo will be part of an event Ashley Berry's friends and family are planning Saturday to raise money for the 23-year-old's medical bills.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans in Congress prefer crisis to compromise

Ordinary Americans desperately want to see their elected leaders pull together. Polls show they oppose defunding or dismantling the Affordable Care Act, especially if it means shutting down the government or defaulting on debt.

Rain, possibly storms, on tap for Missouri football fans

A cold front will bring a 50 percent chance of evening rain and thunderstorms Saturday evening.

Methamphetamine confiscated in north Columbia

The Boone County Sheriff's Department had been watching the residence in Rustic Meadows Trailer Park for more than five years.

Child literacy area to arrive next month at Columbia Public Library

An anonymous donation helped fund the child literacy area, which will be geared towards developing early literacy skills like fine motor control.

Keija Parssinen became a full-time author after 'The Ruins of Us'

Columbia's One Read author Keija Parssinen was born in Saudi Arabia, moved to Texas at 12 and never felt as if she truly belonged to either land. But for Parssinen, her identity as a writer doesn't hinge on her past.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians actions on health care 'deplorable'

Politicians should not dissuade people from gaining access to health care.

St. Louis Zoo to unveil major expansion plan

Expansion plans could include a hotel, an aquarium, a research center and many new animal exhibits.

Elizabeth Whitfield Burns, Jan. 18, 1919 — Sept. 17, 2013

Elizabeth Whitfield Burns died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. She was 94.

Bud Selig says he will retire in January 2015

After a decade of maintaining his departure was imminent, MLB commissioner Bud Selig put his exit plans in writing Thursday and said in a statement he will retire in January 2015 after 22 years — the second-longest term behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

Missouri education chief won't recommend Kansas City accreditation boost

Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro has expressed concerns that students in Kansas City schools are still struggling.

CDC urges early flu vaccinations

Between regular shots, nasal sprays, egg-free shots and high-dose shots, Americans have an unprecedented number of vaccine options to choose from.

Iwakuma knocks Royals out of wild-card race

It was the second straight night the Mariners shut out Kansas City as the teams ahead of the Royals in the wild-card race — Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Texas — won.

Leavenworth police ID body found in Missouri River

Police said the death of Jason Davies is being investigated as a homicide. His body was found last Thursday by Nebraska Game and Park employees who were tracking sturgeon in the river.

SAT scores remain mostly stagnant

African-American students on average scored 431 in reading, 429 in math and 418 in writing. That's slightly higher than the previous two years.

Government shutdown wouldn't stop Affordable Care Act

A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along. Health care markets for the uninsured would open as scheduled on Tuesday.

UMKC gets ready to celebrate 80 years

The school was founded in 1933 as the University of Kansas City, with 17 instructors and 265 students.