Friday graduation ceremonies mark point of pride for MU students, alumni

Thousands of students received degrees from MU this weekend, including from the Sinclair School of Nursing, the Missouri School of Journalism, the School of Health Professions and the School of Natural Resources.

The Sinclair School of Nursing, the Trulaske College of Business, the Missouri School of Journalism and the College of Engineering held their commencement ceremonies Friday. MU graduations will continue Saturday.

UPDATE: 4 inches of snow expected overnight; I-70 partly covered

Afternoon rains turned into snow Friday evening, partially covering Interstate 70 and many state roads. "Tomorrow it should be OK," Jon Carney, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Friday afternoon. "Tonight it will get a little messy."

UPDATE: Sheriff: Colorado school shooter wounds teen, kills self

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial armed with a shotgun and looking for a teacher he identified by name.

Judge to decide whether to allow evidence in Hickman yearbook prank case

In May, a Hickman High School senior was arrested after she was accused of changing a student's last name in the yearbook to "Masturbate." A hearing was held Friday after a motion was filed to suppress information acquired before her arrest.

$25,000 gift aims to help bring MU museum back to campus

Beau Aero and Alfredo Mubarah have made a donation to a group that would like to see MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology either back on campus or at a nearby downtown location.

Oakland Middle School mourns loss of teacher Elizabeth Bergman

When students and staff discovered Ms. Bergman had breast cancer, they came together to create "Team Pink" and walked in her honor in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Nixon recognizes IBM's efforts to hire veterans

Veterans make up more than 12 percent of employees at IBM's Columbia location as a part of the Governor's Show-Me Heroes program.

Basketball games postponed

Friday games are changed because of weather conditions.

A gowning achievement: Graduation dress explained

Graduation regalia dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Each color and item worn at a commencement ceremony signifies a department, degree level or achievement.

Columbia Public Works: Move cars from snow routes

The city says 3 to 5 inches of snow is forecast overnight and is asking residents to move their vehicles off first- and second-priority snow routes Friday night.

ANY QUESTIONS: What did the shantytown protests in the 1980s look like?

According to newspaper archives and an Associated Press article, from 1986 to 1987 a group of MU students protested the $127.5 million the university had in investments in companies that did business in South Africa during apartheid. These students built a shantytown on Francis Quadrangle symbolizing the living conditions of blacks in South Africa.

State Sen. McKenna appointed as Missouri labor director

Nixon's appointment of Sen. Ryan McKenna as director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations comes nine months after a shakeup of the agency's leadership.

Woman arrested on suspicion of attempting to set her house on fire

Police say a Columbia woman tried to burn down her apartment by turning her oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

FROM READERS: MU student learns the beauty of inconvenience in Brazil

Audrey Zigmond spent the summer teaching English in Brazil, where she ended up learning that time and being present are blessings.

Choir director celebrates 10 seasons with Missouri Symphony Conservatory Children's Chorus

Melissa Straw, who has been teaching for more than 20 years, began her music education career in the Southern Boone School District.

Battle boys basketball falls to Nixa

The Battle boys basketball team lost to Nixa 75-41 on Friday night.

Rams Hekker leads NFL in net punting average

Rams honor Johnny Hekker on Friday. Heleads the NFL in net punting, averaging 43.9 yards. He doesn't hit it the longest, ranking ninth overall, but the average return is a pedestrian 2.9 yards.

Chiefs' McCluster out with infection in ankle

Dexter McCluster, who has already brought back two punts for touchdowns this season, was listed as questionable Friday for the Raiders game after a small cut on his ankle that he picked up in the mud and snow last week against Washington got infected.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: An exemplary Person of the Year

The humble and inspiring Pope Francis was a worthy choice for Time's Person of the Year.


Harry Rosenthal, longtime AP reporter, dies at 86

Harry F. Rosenthal, an Associated Press writer who covered America's golden age of space exploration, presidents back to Harry Truman and whatever caught his impish eye in the stuffy halls of power, has died. He was 86.