For Lone Star State Tigers, Cotton Bowl a homecoming of sorts

Missouri running back Henry Josey looks for a hole while receiver Marcus Lucas blocks Texas A&M defensive back Clay Honeycutt in the first quarter Nov. 30 at Memorial Stadium.

Missouri's bowl trip to Texas will be a homecoming of sorts for many of the Tigers. There are 36 players on the football team from Texas, and many of them were recruited in the past when the Tigers played multiple Texas teams in the Big 12 conference.

Two file for Columbia School Board seats

Tom Rose will not seek re-election, and incumbent Helen Wade has not filed so far. The deadline is Jan. 21,2014. 

Students say Internet memes stimulate social discourse

Whether it's "Grumpy Cat" or something funny about your workplace, Internet memes are a way students cultivate online identities.

Winter weather moves north; weekend forecast might mean rain

A shift in a winter storm forecast for this weekend has raised the weekend temperatures for Columbia.

TOP 10 SPORTS MOMENTS OF 2013: No. 9 — Missouri wrestling breaks Central Michigan streak, wins MAC Championship

The Tigers won the conference championship in their first season in the Mid-American Conference.

Columbia College men's basketball loses first game

The No. 1-ranked NAIA Cougars lost to Benedictine College 73-59 Wednesday.

Missouri football's Sam receives fifth All-American honor

Missouri football's Michael Sam is just the second unanimous All-American selection in Missouri history. He joins Danny LaRose, who earned All-American honors in 1960.

Lee Elementary students perform at Memorial Union

Nearly 60 students performed songs from the "Hansel and Gretel" opera, as well as Christmas carols, in front of the Memorial Union arch on Wednesday.

Columbia man arrested in connection with fire in early December

Charles William Drewery, 31, of Columbia, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia accepting homeless guests

The shelter will stay open through Friday. The church is considering extending its shelter through Dec. 31.

UPDATE: Governor proposes $20 million initiative to improve mental health care in Missouri

Under the initiative, which will be a part of Jay Nixon's fiscal 2015 budget proposal, MU would receive $6.4 million to train new mental health professionals. Nixon said Moberly Area Community College's Columbia branch would also receive $167,000.

In-state competition presents next challenge for Missouri women's basketball

Missouri women's basketball travels to Springfield on Thursday to play in-state competition, Missouri State. The Tigers have two nonconference games left before Southeastern Conference play begins Jan. 2.

Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

There was no suspense about the outcome of the vote in the Senate — only about fallout in the 2014 elections and, more immediately, its impact on future congressional disputes over spending and the nation's debt limit.

What more ethanol means for your car and your food

In an AP report, environmentalists found many ecological problems with using ethanol in fuel. The federal Renewable Fuel Standard was meant to increase ethanol use and impede global warming, but some say higher ethanol production is eroding the environment.

Insurers extend premium deadline into January

The board of the industry's biggest trade group — America's Health Insurance Plans — said consumers who select a plan by Dec. 23 will now have until Jan. 10 to pay their first month's premium, instead of a previous New Year's Eve deadline set by the government.

Hy-Vee plans new in-store restaurants that will serve alcohol

There is no specific timeline for the project, but changes are expected to start in the next one to two years to revamp the dining areas.

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. is losing sight of privacy

We're spying on foreign allies and gathering information on domestic household purchases. Has it all gone too far?

Transit changes, new grocer could help people in Columbia's food desert

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture labeled part of the city a food desert, where most people below the poverty line live more than a mile from a grocery store and have poor access to transportation.

Freshman Johnathan Williams III making his mark for Missouri men's basketball

Johnathan Williams III is Missouri's leader in rebounds, but that wasn't his role in high school.

Police search Battle teacher's house after sexual offense allegations

A 16-year-old female student told her counselor she had a sexual relationship with the welding teacher at Battle High School, according to court records.