Chiefs go away from Charles in crunch time

One thing Chiefs coach Andy Reid does know is that Kansas City would be better off if Jamaal Charles got the ball more than the six times he did in the second half of Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. Or if he didn't seem to stray from giving him touches at the end of close games.

Missouri School for Deaf superintendent leaving

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is overseeing the search for Barbara Garrison's successor.

Watt likely to have plastic surgery to repair nose

Now that the season is winding down, J.J. Watts, the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, says he'll look into having plastic surgery to repair the injury. He's considering the procedure mostly at the prodding of his mother.

Jerry Jones: Romo could be cleared to face Eagles

The Cowboys (8-7) and Eagles (9-6) are playing Sunday night in Dallas' third straight season finale against an NFC East rival with the division title and a playoff berth on the line.

Columbia pawnshops conduct business much the way they do on TV

"There are a few things I always buy new in life, like toothbrushes and mattresses, but never jewelry, electronics and guns."

Fairview Elementary teacher receives presidential award

Fairview Elementary School teacher Ragan Webb is one of 102 teachers to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Transportation study shows J-turns decrease crashes

A Missouri Department of Transportation study found that J-turns significantly decrease injury accidents. But the J-turn intersections are a headache for those who are unfamiliar with them. 

Columbia charities are seeking last minute donations until Christmas

The Columbia Salvation Army is $100,000 short of its year-end goal. Other Columbia charities are also low on donations as Christmas approaches.

Boeing notifies sites no longer considered for new plant

Boeing has started to reject potential locations for their new plant. Scott Holste, a spokesman in Gov. Jay Nixon's office, had no information to release about Missouri's status.

Blistering cold to lift by Christmas Day

Although Columbia will see the coldest temperatures of the year at the beginning of the week, the weather on Christmas Day should be warmer.

Police respond to shots fired Monday in northeast Columbia

Columbia police responded to reports of shots fired at the 1500 block of Boyd Lane. Officers found four shell casings in the street.

Three armed men invade home in north Columbia

Two women and a man were robbed at gunpoint inside a house at the 1100 block of Elleta Boulevard on Sunday evening. No one was harmed.

Columbia business recognized by animal-rights organization

Beyond Meat, a company that MU researchers helped found, won People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' 2013 Company of the Year award. 

Lawmakers pan delay of Missouri housing tax credits

The Missouri Housing Development Commission earlier this month held off on tax credits to build apartments for low-income residents shortly after lawmakers gave final approval to legislation authorizing up to $1.7 billion in tax incentives to Boeing Co. over two decades.

For Jews and Baptists, Christmas Eve has sweet significance

For the members of Congregation Beth Shalom, the annual gift of Christmas Eve treats is an expression of gratitude. For the members of First Baptist Church, it's something for which to be grateful.

Police to increase drunk-driving enforcement during holidays

The Columbia Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers during the holiday season. The increased enforcement will last through Jan. 2, 2014.

Jane Marsh, March 4, 1927 — Dec. 23, 2013, of Columbia

Jane Marsh of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. She was 86 years old.

9 former Chiefs players join brain injury lawsuit

Five former players filed the initial lawsuit against the Chiefs this month, saying the team ignored decades of scientific research indicating repeated head trauma causes permanent brain damage.

GUEST COMMENTARY: In his own way, Pope Francis seeks forgiveness

The new Pope has stressed a less legalistic, rule-bound encounter with the faith, seeking always to forgive rather than to judge. In a remarkable interview with the Jesuit magazine America, he stressed that "we must always consider the person."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ease 'critical shortage' of mental health professionals

No licensed psychiatrist is available in 72 Missouri counties and no licensed behavioral analyst resides in 90 counties.