Broadway Hotel unveils "Wall of Hope" chalkboard exhibit

Employees at The Broadway-Columbia, a new hotel downtown, unveiled a new art exhibit Friday called the "Wall of Hope." People can stop by to write messages of hope for 2014.

The hotel invites Columbia residents to write their dreams for 2014 on a chalkboard by Short Street.

Family battles autism as research continues to look for its cause — and a cure

Daniel Romero-Compain's family wants and hopes for the best for him, but they realize that with autism spectrum disorder, his opportunities aren't as wide ranging. They hope that scientists might be closing in on a cause and a cure.

Missouri men's basketball ready for North Carolina State after season's best week of practice

Having played 11 games before their first road game should help the Missouri Tigers play more cohesively. Those games allowed players to fit into their roles and build a rapport with teammates on the court.

TOP 10 SPORTS MOMENTS OF 2013: No. 3 Chelsea Thomas leaves Missouri as one of MU's most decorated athletes

A three-time first team All-American athlete, Chelsea Thomas left Missouri with the most wins and the most strikeouts of any pitcher at MU.

New Year's Day hikes offer a healthy start

Columbia's state parks will be offering three guided hikes on New Year's Day as part of the nationwide First Day Hikes program. For Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, this is nothing new. 

Jack Horton, vet, philanthropist and jokester, dies at age 80

Dr. Horton established the Horton Animal Hospital in 1960, but friends and family remember him most for his humor. He died Dec. 25 at age 80.

Everett Price "Jake" Jacobs, Feb. 17, 1918 — Dec. 24, 2013, of Columbia

He is a “Life Member” of the Columbia Board of Realtors and its only member of memory to receive the prestigious “Realtor of the Year” award twice.

Jack Horton, Sept. 8, 1933 — Dec. 25, 2013, of Columbia

He returned to Columbia in 1960 to establish Horton Animal Hospital.

MU student Jarrett Mosby died from gunshot to lung

A Madison County coroner has ruled Mosby's death a homicide, and the cause of death was a gunshot to his lung. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Jazz masters taught lessons about freedom and purpose

Duke Ellington, Charlie "Bird" Parker and Charles Mingus added jazz and more jazz to the world. But their lessons also added the twist of finding out who you are and pursuing the freedom to keep exploring. 

FROM READERS: Switch to Stephens College public relations department answers questions

Janese Silvey, a reporter-turned-PR-professional at Stephens College, explains all the things she's learned and loved about her job since making the switch.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Grieving the loss of the Christmas spirit

The belief in the power of innocence and compassion has faded into Christmases past.

Powerball ticket worth $71.5 million sold in Kansas City

A regular customer at the Autobahn BP store in Platte Woods didn't know his ticket was the winner when he came in for his usual breakfast of coffee and a doughnut Thursday.

NFL preps its biggest game for the biggest stage

Next year's big game will be viewed by 100 million-plus people in the United States, and depending on whose numbers are crunched, it's already the most-watched annual sporting event around the world.

Missouri lawmakers to confront issue of student transfers

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said tackling the law and unaccredited districts is a key priority for the legislative session starting Jan. 8.


Poll: Americans hopeful for better year in 2014

The outlook for 2014 is positive, with 49 percent of people surveyed saying they think their fortunes will improve in the new year.

More than 1 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday

For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal government's "emergency unemployment compensation" will mean some difficult belt-tightening as enrollees lose their average monthly stipend of $1,166.

Authorities investigating murder-suicide involving Jefferson City boy

Police found 6-year-old Markell Beasley and 40-year-old Demetrius Beasley, of St. Louis, dead of gunshot wounds in a house after someone flagged down officers.

Stained glass window central to Joplin church loss

When First Community Church was rebuilt following the 2011 tornado in Joplin, its massive stained-glass window was also replaced.

Public art project elicits the profound, profane

In 2011, artist Candy Chang first created a wall that invited people to complete the sentence: "Before I die I want to ..." Now more than 400 such public art projects have gone up around the world.