School district moves forward with new elementary schools

Groundbreaking for the elementary school next to Battle High School is anticipated for the fall.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Confusion about 'reading wars' is about terminology

The confusion regarding the "reading wars" lies in the technology. What a recently published article in the Missourian calls “phonics-based instruction” is actually “intensive systematic phonics instruction,” a view of phonics that insists we teach all children all the major rules of phonics in a strict order.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kevin Crane is an inappropriate commencement speaker

There are not enough words to illustrate how disgusted I am by your decision to allow Kevin Crane to speak at commencement. Kevin Crane is a monster. I believe he is single-handedly responsible for keeping an innocent man, Ryan Ferguson, behind bars.

Dip in enrollment growth, state funding means questions for MU

The decline of two traditional sources of revenue — state money and tuition collected from rapid enrollment growth — complicates MU's quest to balance a budget that faculty say is already constricting.

Laurence Bowers ready for whatever the future holds

Whether it's basketball in the NBA or overseas, Laurence Bowers, the first scholarship basketball player in Missouri history to earn a master's degree, is prepared to take the next step.

Bryan Leath Jr. loved woodworking, volunteering

Bryan Leath Jr. formerly of Columbia, April 6, 1924 — May 14, 2013. 

Stephen L. Hering, 49, enjoyed sports, muscle cars, collectibles

Mr. Hering's hobbies included sports, muscle cars and collectibles.

Bryan Leath Jr., April 6, 1924 — May 14, 2013, formerly of Columbia

Mr. Leath was an accomplished woodworker who liked to make gifts for family and friends.

Stephen Hering, Aug. 31, 1963 — May 6, 2013, of Columbia

Stephen Hering liked sports, muscle cars, drag racing and collectibles.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Obama takes action on controversies

President Obama addressed the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, the new questions about the U.S. mission in Benghazi and the Justice Department's seizure of journalists' phone records.

Missouri bill would restrict use of welfare at liquor stores, casinos

The bill would restrict the use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash benefits on items marketed exclusively for adults. It has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon for approval. 

Missouri sheriffs would print gun permits under bill sent to Gov. Nixon

County sheriffs already have responsibility to review concealed weapons applications, applicants' backgrounds and issue the paper permits. 

Missouri House passes new tax credit plan

The plan is a final offer to state senators, who would have to pass it before 6 p.m. Friday if it is to go to Gov. Jay Nixon. 

American Airlines will favor passengers without roller bags for boarding

Passengers carying small personal items such as backpacks or purses instead of rolling suitcases will be allowed to board before most other passengers.

Kentucky Derby winner Orb has gone from ordinary to extraordinary

Orb, who will attempt to win the Preakness this weekend, was not always a sure winner.

Chiefs adopting more aggressive defense in spring camp

New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has installed a defense built upon exotic blitzes and constant movement, a welcome sight for Chiefs defensive players.

Niese helps Mets beat Cardinals, end losing streak

Jonathan Niese allowed only two runs in 7 1/3 innings as the Mets defeated the Cardinals on Thursday, 5-2.

Student loan rates would fluctuate with market under House bill

In real dollars, the GOP plan would cost students and families heavily, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

Missouri bill would limit lawsuits over lead contamination

The measure would exempt the Doe Run Resources Corp. from punitive damages if the court determines the company is making a "good faith" effort to clean up the contaminated sites.

Missouri lawmakers pass changes to workers' comp claims

The bill sent to the governor Thursday marks a compromise among some business groups and attorneys who represent injured workers.