Columbia man arrested on rape, kidnapping charges

Marcus Montez Smith, 41, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of kidnapping, rape and armed criminal action.

Man accused of child porn pleads guilty then disputes charge

The suspect told a judge he had no idea the porn was being downloaded to his computer via a file-sharing program.

LIVE REPORT: Coverage of Ryan Ferguson's release

The Missourian features a collection of live reporting leading up to and during Ryan Ferguson's news conference about his release from prison.

Forcible rape reported in Aspen Heights student housing complex

The incident occurred near the Aspen Heights clubhouse at about 2 or 3 a.m. Nov. 1 or Nov. 2.

Fall Into Art features local artists, music and art demonstrations

The Parkade Center will host a weekend of art, education and music for the annual Fall into Art event.

Columbia elementary school teacher takes a risk to start a family

Even as a little girl, Anna Kleinsorge knew she wanted her own children. When she hit 29, she decided she was done waiting. So she posted an ad on Craigslist and waited for her pay-as-you-go phone to ring. The response hasn't been quite what she had hoped for.

FROM READERS: Music still sings in Georgia Morehouse's heart

Georgia Morehouse is an active volunteer in the community, working for the Women's Symphony League and the Missouri Symphony Society. One of their yearly events, the Piano Student Showcase, is on Nov. 16.

Organized Columbia College volleyball team moves on to AMC semifinals

The Cougars volleyball team is organized and disciplined, and it shows in their daily habits and in their 26-9 record. Columbia College hosted and defeated Lyon College in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Conference volleyball tournament on Tuesday, 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-10).

Aid operations pick up pace in Philippines

In the first reported deaths as a result of looting, eight people were crushed to death when a wall collapsed as they and thousands of others stormed a rice warehouse on Leyte Island, the worst-hit region by Friday's storm, said National Food Authority spokesman Rex Estoperez.

Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe arrested for speeding, marijuana possession

Chiefs' wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was pulled over for going about 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, police in suburban Riverside said Tuesday.

U.S. doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs

Guidelines issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology use a new formula for estimating someone's risk that includes many factors other than cholesterol, which is currently the main focus.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: University should apologize to Vietnam veterans for treatment

We veterans had to fight the university to get our paperwork processed. The Veterans Administration skipped checks.

ROSE NOLEN: Visit to Arkansas college a reminder of childhood, church

Traveling to Arkansas was a wonderful visit to times and places that have been locked in my memories for many years. It was good to remember and to reflect on the years gone by.


Peyton Manning, Denver prepare for Kansas City's defensive attack

Peyton Manning's battered body is forcing the Broncos to consider a plan of protection as they head into Sunday's game against the undefeated Chiefs. Kansas City has collected 36 sacks this season.

Chiefs remain on top of AP Pro32 power rankings

The unbeaten Chiefs barely held onto the top spot Tuesday in voting by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. Kansas City, off last week, earned 374 points and five first-place votes, while the second-place Seahawks had 373 points and five No. 1 nods.

Missouri diver David Bonuchi named SEC Male Diver of the Week

Senior David Bonuchi has received the honor for the second time in three weeks.

UPDATE: Missouri governor seeks moratorium in business 'border war' with Kansas

Gov. Jay Nixon called for a moratorium on Missouri's tug-of-war with neighboring Kansas over efforts to lure companies across the border, saying the states should work as partners rather than rivals.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Disputing facts about beginning of life

There is human life in a tube of blood and in the sperm and egg cells prior to fertilization. The question is when does a particular human life begin?

One World Trade Center named tallest U.S. building

After tense discussions, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat decided to count the tower's 408-foot-tall needle as part of its height — making the building the tallest in the U.S.


Missouri inmate's lawyer asks court for execution stay

The attorney for a man convicted in a series of killings fueled by his hatred of blacks and Jews asked the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday to halt the inmate's execution, citing concerns about the state's plan to use a drug obtained from a compounding pharmacy.