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'Big Tree' treated for disease, given protections for longevity

Work on the tree Tuesday included cutting off dead wood, coating the tree's roots in fungicide, mulching and installing an in-ground lightning rod.

Frank Haith got off 'easy,' says son of ex-Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl

The Missouri basketball coach's penalty is the most recent in a series of NCAA suspensions of men's basketball coaches for "failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance."

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith: 5-game suspension 'signifies closure'

Haith, who coached at Miami from 2004 to 2011, was suspended for “failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance” over inconsistencies in his explanations of a loan given to a former booster by a Miami assistant coach.

UPDATE: Missouri Corrections Department to use pentobarbital in executions

Missouri has added a compounding pharmacy to its execution team and plans to use pentobarbital in future lethal injections.

DEAR READER: Missing newsroom items stir nostalgia

Newsrooms and the tools that journalists used have changed greatly in recent years, making work places for wordsmiths almost unrecognizable but much safer.

Discussion at traffic forum focuses on downtown parking issues

Residents talked about the difficulty of parking downtown, and City Council member Ian Thomas pointed to the city's bus system as a solution.

Hallsville schools eye tighter security in wake of lockdown spurred by inmate's release

Last week's two-day lockdown in the Hallsville School District was prompted by the release of a man who police said had threatened to shoot students at a local school.

UM System wins $1.8M federal grant for nuclear energy development

The funding will help develop the supply chain, logistics and infrastructure to build small modular nuclear reactors, which, unlike site-based reactors, can be factory-assembled and transported by truck or rail.

FROM READERS: Gene Robertson shares lessons from Almeta Crayton

Share your tribute to or memory of Almeta Crayton by emailing submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com.

Almeta Joy Crayton, Dec. 12, 1959 - Oct. 21, 2013

Ms. Crayton represented the First Ward on the Columbia City Council and was known for her Everyone Eats community dinner.

Twitter opinions confused at Haith suspension

The news of Missouri coach Frank Haith's five-game suspension for "failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance" during his time at the University of Miami sparked confusion from sportswriters nationwide.

Freeze warning in effect for Boone County

Todd Lorenz, regional MU extension horticulturist, gives advice for maintaining plants and flowers in the next few days.

After 2006 NLCS-ending strikeout, Wainwright, Beltran try to win together

Although Adam Wainwright famously struck out Carlos Beltran to punch the Cardinals' ticket to the 2006 World Series, the two will now try to win a championship together as teammates in St. Louis.

Missouri setter Kreklow named player of the week

Missouri volleyball senior setter Molly Kreklow was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney not in Tigers' heads yet

Although feared defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is headed to Columbia for the Missouri football team's game against South Carolina on Saturday, quarterback Maty Mauk and the Tigers haven't allowed Clowney to get in their heads yet.

Board of Health recommends city water stay at current fluoride level

The board's report on water fluoridation concludes there are no negative health effects, but Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser said she wants more information.

Local DirecTV subscribers facing World Series blackout

One day before the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series, local DirecTV carrier News-Press & Gazette Co. of Missouri has yet to reach a deal with FOX 22/KQFX, which will be airing the series.

Columbia City Council highlights: Oct. 21, 2013

Couldn't make Monday's City Council meeting? Here's what you missed. Check out our notes and the council's agenda — available to Missourian digital members.

Man from Sturgeon pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

Investigators found more than 1,200 photographs of child pornography and about 20 videos of children engaged in sexual conduct, according to a news release from the task force.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's renewable energy commitment is still squishy

Because Ameren and the other regulated utilities have fought proper implementation of Proposition C from the moment it was passed, nobody really knows knows how the 1 percent cap is supposed to be figured.

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