Missouri prioritizes pre-K funding, but programs are 'patchwork'

Gov. Jay Nixon is announcing $10 million in Start Smart funding for pre-K programs. The governor has said he wants to focus on improving preschools to benefit the state's economy in the long-term.

MU's emergency medicine residency aims to alleviate physician shortage

The emergency room physician shortage in Missouri is particularly acute in rural areas. A new residency program at MU's School of Medicine hopes to prepare six to eight physicians a year for emergency medicine. And still, one emergency room doctor says, it's not nearly enough.

Seniors have led Missouri volleyball to new heights

Seniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning prepare to leave Missouri after leading the team to its best season in program history.

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas on Hall of Fame ballot

There are 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

Missouri football to simulate Johnny Football to prepare for Texas A&M

Every week, reserve players form a scout team offense to help the Tigers defense learn opponents' tendencies. But how are they preparing for Johnny Manziel?

No set date for decision on Johnny Manziel's future

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says he doesn't know when Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will decide whether to enter the 2014 NFL draft.

Missouri swimming, diving teams add 15

The Missouri swimming and diving teams announced the addition of 15 athletes Tuesday. There are 14 incoming freshmen that signed National Letters of Intent and one athlete transferring from LSU.

Rock Bridge boys win again at Hannibal tournament

Ryan Kreklow led Rock Bridge with 21 points as the team improved to 2-0.

Two score 20 in Stephens basketball loss

The Stephens College basketball team lost 86-52 against Missouri Valley at Silverthorne Arena on Tuesday night.

Columbia College men's basketball now 4-0

The No. 4-ranked Columbia College men's basketball team stayed perfect with an 84-70 win over Missouri Valley on Tuesday.

Chiefs to put wounded defense against Denver

Chiefs safety Eric Berry said the team feels a sense of urgency this week to correct the errors it made in the past two games.

Defense may hold key to season for Kansas men's basketball

There are few things that Kansas coach Bill Self loves more than playing defense. But he also loves a roster full of NBA-caliber talent on his team, and sometimes it's hard for those two loves to coexist.

Rain and snow snarl holiday travel on East Coast

The heavy winds might be enough to ground Snoopy and SpongeBob balloons at the Macy's parade.

UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute

The justices said they will take up an issue that has divided the lower courts in the face of roughly 40 lawsuits from for-profit companies asking to be spared from having to cover some or all forms of contraception.

FROM READERS: Take time this Thanksgiving to remember the real meaning of the holiday

Memories of Thanksgiving and family togetherness run strong as holiday nears. And creates a yearning for a return to the importance of the day.

Pope Francis urges more missionary and merciful church

The pope pulled together the priorities he has laid out in eight months of homilies, speeches and interviews and put them in the broader context of how to reinvigorate the church's evangelical zeal in a world marked by indifference, secularization and vast income inequalities.

Registration opens for Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

The 17th annual gathering features an author, music and live performances.

Bill Belichick has made notable decisions — good and bad

Bill Belichick has made plenty of notable decisions in his 14 seasons as the highly successful coach of the New England Patriots. Most have worked out. Others have been failures.

Assessing child-abuse reports a complex challenge

Child protection workers are "walking a difficult line" as they struggle  with child abuse reporting systems across the United States.

Newtown, Conn., report renews focus on role of Lanza's mom

Investigators' report details some of the efforts of Adam Lanza's family to address the needs of a young man described as withdrawn, lacking an appreciation of others' feelings and beset with "significant mental health issues."