FBI reports success in disrupting shootings through interventions

There have been hundreds of these disruptions since 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder recently told an audience of police chiefs, touting the behind-the-scenes work of a small FBI unit based out of Quantico, Va. In most cases, the FBI has helped potential offenders get access to mental health care.

Linda Lou Knernschield loved nature, birdwatching

Linda Lou Knernschield of Macon died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. She was 61.

Horse slaughter plants prepare to open

It was the third time in five months that the plants were scrambling to open. Valley Meat Co. of Roswell and Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Mo., were preparing to open in August when The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups sued to contest the Department of Agriculture's permitting process.

Linda Lou Knernschield, Jan. 18, 1952 — Dec. 11. 2013

Linda Lou Knernschield of Macon died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. She was 61.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Meaningful ethics reform is needed in Missouri

The focus on cleaning up Missouri’s shameless political culture is exactly right. And a show of bipartisanship is usually a good sign.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Human health should trump animal growth

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in September that more that 23,000 people are dying each year from drug-resistant infections. Repeated exposure to antibiotics results in germs morphing into mutant strains that create drug-resistant infections.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: We are losing sight of common courtesy

Instead of welcoming the added convenience of using cellphones on flights, a majority of respondents fear escalating discourtesy. They are alarmed at the prospect of becoming a captive audience among incessant yammering.

COMO SOCIAL: What Columbia folks are up to on YouTube

YouTube is good for more than videos of dancing babies and skiing squirrels. Columbians are using YouTube to show off their creative sides and help others understand what's going on in their city.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: MU faculty members by gender, rank and tenure status

MU faculty broken down by year according to personal and professional demographics.

FROM READERS: Rugby more than a pastime

Rachel Boyce, who spends a lot of her time volunteering, found fun and family in a new place, the Mid-Mo Black Sheep Women's Rugby Club.

Rams' Stacy finishing season strong

Zac Stacy is a surprise star on offense and had a huge bounce-back game against the Saints, setting a franchise rookie record with 106 yards in the first half.

Royals announce $30.25 million, 4-year deal for Infante

Omar Infante will primarily play second base, though he also has the ability to play several infield positions and the outfield.

U.S. fundraising mittens made in China

Less than two years after being criticized for having the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms made in China, the U.S. Olympic Committee has another wardrobe malfunction on its hands. The red-white-and-blue mittens it's selling to raise funds for winter athletes were produced in China.


Pats' Ninkovich not discouraged by missed chance

The Miami Dolphins moved two games behind the Patriots in the division with a 24-20 win over New England on Sunday sealed by Michael Thomas' interception in the end zone with 2 seconds left after Tom Brady had thrown three straight incompletions.

Influential country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Ray Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, and it had recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, according East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He stopped aggressive treatments and left the hospital Thursday to receive hospice care at home.

Romance writer Janet Dailey dies at 69 in Branson

Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home in Branson says Janet Dailey died Saturday. The cause of death was not released as of Monday. The funeral home reports the family said Dailey died "peacefully."

National Finals Rodeo might move to Florida in 2015

Missouri State prepares to meet No. 6 Louisville

Louisville's next step is continuing its teamwork against Missouri State, which returns nine lettermen and five starters. The Bears' only loss came against Virginia (83-63)

Wild weekend puts Colts back in seeding mix

Indianapolis closes out the season with a trip to Kansas City, which locked up a playoff spot with a win at Oakland, and at home against a Jacksonville team that has been much better  during the second half of the season. Win both and anything, including a longshot jump to the No. 1 seed, is still possible.

Chiefs headed to playoffs, still have West hopes

The Chiefs punched their ticket to the postseason with a 56-31 victory at Oakland on Sunday, one that pushed their franchise-best turnaround to nine games. Kansas City (11-3) also moved into a tie with Denver atop the AFC West, though the Broncos hold the tiebreaker by virtue of a season sweep.