LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We need to leave carbon in the ground

In the interests of retaining an environment that supports human peace and well-being, we must immediately and substantially reduce human production of greenhouse gases and other harmful materials.

T.J. Oshie lifts Blues to shootout win

T.J. Oshie scored in the shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Other NFL players cite lack of leaders in Miami

Eleven seasons into his football career, Washington Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett figures he has a pretty good sense of the sort of teasing and hazing and horsing around that happens in the typical NFL locker room, especially when it comes to rookies.

Record scoring pace alters strategies

NFL teams are lighting up scoreboards like never before as the game is flooded with bigger, faster receivers, dual-threat quarterbacks and a rule book that puts defenders at a decided disadvantage.

Florida Gulf Coast basketball — 'Dunk City' — set for season

Florida Gulf Coast — the darling of college basketball this past March after knocking off Georgetown and San Diego State in the NCAA tournament, plus capturing the nation's attention and earning a nickname that still sticks — is looking to do something even more impressive this season. The Eagles are heading into 2013-14 hoping to show that they were more than a two-game wonder.

No. 1 Kentucky working to develop basketball lineups

After luring some of the nation's top prospects the past several seasons to Lexington, Kentucky, coach John Calipari has six high school All-Americans in his latest eight-player freshman group. Not since Michigan's "Fab Five" rookie lineup in 1991-92 has so much prep talent been assembled.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Jay Nixon owes explanation for departed department heads

If some ways, Mr. Nixon’s actions regarding personnel issues are at least as bad — and in some ways worse — than those of his predecessor, Gov. Matt Blunt.

Illinois poised to legalize same-sex marriage after House passes measure

A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House of Representatives positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize same-sex marriage.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Cronkite Memorial fills gap

The memorial elevates Missouri Western's role as a cultural destination and enhances the campus.

New Missouri House panel to probe agriculture agency

The panel will investigate allegations of a hostile work environment in the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Missouri to receive $26 million through drug settlement

Authorities said the company had marketed the antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega for unapproved uses in children, seniors and disabled patients.

NCAA hopes new baseball can reverse dip in offense

The Division I baseball committee's unanimous vote allows conferences to adopt a new ball for regular-season play.

LIVE REPORT: Coverage of the Ryan Ferguson family news conference

Follow the news conference with the family of Ryan Ferguson here.

Ryan Ferguson's conviction vacated

The state's failure to disclose evidence that would have cast doubt on crucial eyewitness testimony is central to the decision by the Western District Court of Appeals.

Columbia City Council votes to continue fluoridation of public water

Council members cited the stance of the city Board of Health and scientific evidence for the benefits of continued fluoridation in their decision.

Community honors Deaton at retirement reception

Several politicians and MU officials attested to Deaton's compassionate leadership. He is retiring as chancellor on Nov. 15 after serving nine years.

Missouri football: Decision on Franklin coming Thursday

Senior quarterback James Franklin is close to getting back on the field for the Tigers, but he is still listed as "questionable" in this week's injury report, and will likely be held out until Nov. 23.

Hickman senior is national finalist in science competition

Mingu Kim of Columbia and Aaron Argyres of Clayton engineered a material for bone repair. In December, they will travel to Washington for the competition's final round. 

Local artist Jean Griffith turns junk into decorative art

Local Columbia artist Jean Griffith takes discarded trash and turns it into art. Her site on has had 1,200 views since her shop opened in February.

MU's new strategic plan to address enrollment, graduation time

The plan will attempt to raise MU's ranking in Association of American Universities by recruiting more faculty, bolstering research and planning investments.