UPDATE: Missouri executes man in 1994 good Samaritan death

Allen Nicklasson died about 11 p.m. Wednesday. His execution was the state's second in three weeks. Racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed Nov. 20.

Task force seeks hard answers to tough questions

At its last meeting of the year, the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence reflected on previous presentations and looked for ways it could get better answers to the difficult questions it has been proposing.

Nine things to know about Missouri women's basketball

The Missouri women's basketball team is off to a hot start. It's posted a 9-1 record to begin the season. Here are nine things we've learned about the team.

Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald wins Lombardi Award; Michael Sam is first finalist from Missouri

Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald beat out Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the Rotary Lombardi Award given annually to the nation's top college lineman.

Columbia woman wins $3 million Missouri Lottery prize

Antoinett Ivicsics, 49, bought the winning Missouri Lottery's "$3,000,000 Taxes Paid" Scratchers game in the early hours of Dec. 2. On Wednesday, she was presented with a check at the Petro Mart where she won the prize.

Columbia Regional Airport sets start date for new Chicago flight

A new early flight from Columbia Regional Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport will begin April 2. The new American Airlines daily flight will leave the airport at 6 a.m.

MU student-made public safety app experiences growth

The Columbia-born mobile app, SafeTrek, has been downloaded more than 1,500 times since its launch in October. 

Seven injured in car crash on Ash-Providence intersection

Seven people were transported to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a traffic collision at the intersection of Ash Street and Providence Road. 

Sam named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Michael Sam is the first player in Missouri history to earn a conference Defensive Player of the Year award from league coaches.

For Steve Easterling, 'his music is his ministry'

The 62-year-old musician has lived and performed in various locations across the U.S. Since his arrival in Columbia in July, he has played hotels, wineries, retirement centers and private parties.

MU business program offers student-analysts real-world experience

What happens when you give a group of college students more than a million dollars and free rein to invest it however they want? Chaos, right? Not so fast. 

MU, Stephens College, Columbia College graduations are this weekend

Nearly 3,000 students will graduate from the three schools Friday and Saturday.

Hickman girls stay perfect with overtime win

Hickman beat Blue Springs 50-41 in overtime at the Blue Springs tournament. The team is now 4-0.

Battle girls win at Blue Springs tournament

The Battle girls basketball team pulled out a 45-43 win over Raytown South on Wednesday at the Blue Springs tournament.

Health care sign-ups pick up but might not close gap

New sign-up numbers Wednesday showed progress for President Barack Obama's health care law but not enough to guarantee that Americans who want and need coverage by Jan. 1 will be able to get it. Crunch time is now, as people face a Dec. 23 deadline to sign up if they are to have coverage by New Year's.

Larry Blase loved farming, animals

Lawrence Edwin "Larry" Blase died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. He was 55.

Mary Burgess remembered as 'an amazingly strong woman'

Mary Burgess, 77, was a hard-working woman who loved art and refused to let a cancer diagnosis about 10 years ago slow her down. "Even at the worst times, she would say, 'We'll get through this,'" her husband said. Burgess died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.


UPDATE: Nixon to discuss Missouri higher education budget

The governor announced his higher education plan at Missouri State University in Springfield on Wednesday. He said Missouri has been working to keep college affordable and called for the universities to "help us build on this momentum."

More than 4,000 Missourians picked insurance exchange plans

Figures covering Oct. 1 through Nov. 20 show that 4,124 Missouri residents had signed up for a health insurance plan through the federally run online marketplace.

Lawrence Edwin Blase, Nov. 27, 1958 — Dec. 6, 2013, of Columbia

Lawrence Edwin "Larry" Blase of Columbia died Friday, Dec. 6. He was 55 years old.