Missouri executes serial killer Franklin

Joseph Paul Franklin's fate was sealed early Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal appeals court ruling that overturned two stays granted Tuesday evening by district court judges in Missouri.

Deer kill down in Missouri on opening weekend

The Department of Conservation said hunters killed 61,446 deer on the opening weekend of the November firearms season. That was down 12 percent from last year's opening weekend.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to take the 'For Sale' sign off the Missouri Capitol

With an election year on the horizon and looming high-profile legislation requiring action, the Missouri legislature needs to address ethics issues first.

Speaker names members for Missouri agriculture committee

The 16-member committee will have 10 Republicans and six Democrats. It is led by Republican Casey Guernsey, of Bethany, and the vice chairman will be Stanley Cox, of Sedalia.

Street near Gateway Arch closing for 10 months

A section of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard is shutting down as part of the work to upgrade the area around the Gateway Arch.

Fallen leaves signal the end of autumn

The foliage has faded and the temperatures have dropped, marking the end of our CoMo Fall project. Highlights from the photo album are included below, and we invite you to relive the beauty.

Curt Riley looks to make lasting impact at next stage at Tolton Catholic

In his 30th year overall as a coach, Curt Riley takes over a still-growing Tolton girls basketball program and carries his father's inspiration.

Boone County house a total loss after fire

Half of the building burned, and there is smoke damage throughout, said Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District. No one was injured, she said.

Medicaid meeting falls through because of disagreement over venue

A House committee met for its final hearing on the state's Medicaid system, but a planned meeting between the governor and the committee members next week was canceled after they disagreed on where to meet.

Gauntlet Initiative creates functioning prosthetic hands through 3-D printing

Alex Madinger and Derek Provance are building a business with plans to create plastic prosthetics created by 3-D printers as a cheaper alternative to more technologically advanced devices.

Tolton freshman follows his faith, not family

Michael Porter Jr. is one of eight children, all of whom were home-schooled until eighth grade. His parents wanted his high school to be faith-based, and Tolton, being a Catholic school, fit the bill.

Missouri football's Eric Waters embraces new role in senior season

On winning teams, some players have to fade into the background and be unselfish. Missouri coaches consider senior Eric Waters' role as crucial as any on the team, even if not everyone takes notice of the tight end who isn't catching many passes. 

Mizzou Invite begins for Missouri swimming and diving Thursday

Last year at this meet, the Tigers' 200-yard medley relay team qualified for the NCAA Championships with an 'A' qualifying time, and this year they hope to do even better.

Columbia to practice snow removal on Winter Weather Awareness Day

The Columbia Public Works Department will conduct its annual practice run for snow removal equipment Wednesday, which has been designated as the state's Winter Weather Awareness Day.

Gabriel Watkins, April 24, 1986 - Nov. 17, 2013

Gabriel Watkins of Columbia died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. He was 27.

Gabriel Watkins worked to remove barriers to music education

Gabriel J. Watkins of Columbia died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, after a car accident. He was 27.

City Council action: Nov. 18, 2013

Missourian digital subscribers can see the annotated notes from Monday's Columbia City Council meeting.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't use the Farm Bill to conceal corporate agriculture

The federal farm bill, now in congressional conference committee, could slap an unneeded, overly broad muzzle on the Environmental Protection Agency.

ROSE NOLEN: Government must do more to regulate cost of living

A new national program for the homeless is a step in the right direction, but it's not enough. The government must also raise minimum wage if it hopes to combat homelessness.

Ohio judge: Condemned killer Joseph Paul Franklin is a monster

More than a decade after Melissa Powers interviewed Franklin on death row, the Ohio judge still has nightmares about the serial killer's face.