Slimmer, more at ease Bode Miller ready for Sochi

The world watched Breakout Bode at the 2002 Olympics, Party Bode in 2006 and Thriving Bode in 2010. Recharged Bode in Russia?

Teen shot in Colorado school shooting dies, hospital says

Claire Davis, 17,  who was shot in the head by a classmate at a school 8 miles from Columbine died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said in a statement.

SEC fines Missouri because fans rushed football field

MU has been fined $5,000 because fans entered the field after Missouri football’s 28-21 victory over Texas A&M on Nov. 30.

Young public defender struggles with workload, emotional strain

Being a public defender has a powerful draw for a young lawyer with a family history of public service. The surprise for some is how hard it is to do the job well without burning out.

Missouri men's basketball seeks 'Braggin' Rights' against Illinois

The Tigers will ride a four-game winning streak against the Fighting Illini when the two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Louis.

UPDATE: Weather service issues winter storm warning for mid-Missouri

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning that will be in effect through Sunday morning. Columbia residents can expect freezing rain, snow and poor driving conditions.

Columbia airport loses heat; passengers unaffected

A broken boiler at Columbia Regional Airport caused a loss of heat to the main terminal, but portable heaters and heat from adjacent rooms kept the room warm.

Columbia Public Library to install new carpet

The Columbia Public Library will begin the project in early February. During the installation, the library will also make other changes and renovations.

TOP 10 SPORTS MOMENTS OF 2013: No. 7 — Battle's memorable inaugural football season

Battle High School football debuted in Columbia in 2013, sporting a 5-4 record. It battled youth and inexperience so coach Justin Conyers could return all of his players next year.

Rock Bridge girls basketball sails past St. Thomas Aquinas

The Bruins defeated the Saints 46-24 in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University in Kansas City.

Wade Vlosich named Truman Veterans Hospital director

The associate director of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and former interim medical director of the Truman Veterans Hospital will be the next director of the veterans hospital in Columbia.

Fire displaces residents from duplex in northeast Columbia

A fire broke out on top of a dryer in a northeast Columbia duplex early Friday. Five people were displaced after the fire rendered the residence uninhabitable.

Parade to feature lighted tractors Friday evening in Centralia

The seventh Centralia Tractor Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and will feature more than 50 lighted tractors.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Kansas regents social media rules supress free speech

In giving university leaders the authority to discipline or terminate even tenured professors for vague, subjective offenses, the regents have set up a chilling environment that runs contrary to the ideal of academic freedom.

FROM READERS: Tips for a happy, healthy holiday

Mica Newman, a doctor at Missouri Valley Physicians, advises that a flu shot, healthy snacks and smart alcohol consumption can help make your holiday season brighter.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Make football safer by preventing concussions

Almost all the brains of former pro football players that were studied had a disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is caused by repeated head injuries and can lead to depression, dementia and suicide.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Iowa's Medicaid waiver should push Missouri GOP to act

Another of Missouri’s border states is a step closer to expanding Medicaid and reaping the economic benefit of billions of dollars flowing into its state.

'Hoosier Momma' app aims to reduce infant deaths

Mothers trying to reach a goal such as quitting smoking or lowering blood sugar levels can earn points such as those in online games. The application provides a social network where mothers can exchange insights and encourage one another.

Missouri now allows online voter registration

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the new service Thursday, saying it would simplify the registration process and make it more convenient.

Children's Mercy treats teens with mysterious pain

It's unclear how many children are affected by this kind of bodywide chronic pain. But in the last decade, several hospitals have started programs to treat them. Children's Mercy opened Rehabilitation for Amplified Pain Syndrome in March, basing it on a similar program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.