Missouri men's swimming and diving defeats Texas A&M

The No. 16 Tigers won the first six events on Friday to win 186-114, and improve to 3-1 (SEC 2-0).

Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri delivers its 30 millionth pound of food

Food bank in Columbia breaks organization's record for distribution.

Gratitude shared by those at Almeta Crayton's visitation, funeral service

Almeta Crayton, Columbia's first black councilwoman, died Monday, Oct. 21. At her visitation and funeral service Friday morning, friends, family and colleagues paid their respects.

FROM READERS: Friend Joy Randle shares photos of time with Almeta Crayton

Joy Randle was a friend of Almeta Crayton's, and she brought these photos to the Missourian's newsroom for us to share.

UConn unanimous No. 1 in preseason women's hoops

UConn Huskies ranked No.1 in the poll for preseason. The Lady Bears were No.1 for the last two years.


Temporary order against horse slaughter expires

A temporary order blocking a return to domestic equine slaughter expired without a federal judge ruling, spurring horse slaughterhouses to reopen. It will be the first time the slaughterhouses will be open since 2006 when Congress eliminated inspection funding and therefore banned the practice.

From one hotdog strike, jury's out still on injury-by-mascot blame

The Missouri Supreme Court has heard oral arguments but has not issued a ruling yet for a case involving a Kansas City Royals fan hit in the eye by a wrapped hotdog thrown by a mascot at a 2009 game.  John Coomer says he consequently underwent tremendous physical and monetary injury, but the court is undecided about whether the mascot is protected as a part of the game or is liable for the injury.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Planned Parenthood protests show harsh behavior

My first problem is the assumptions made of us, the clients. They assume we are all there for an abortion and that we do not have a relationship with God. I strongly dislike feeling a raised level of anxiety getting out of my car to go to my gynecological appointment.

Expert: Shutdown hurt Midwest business conditions

The federal government shutdown has contributed to worsening business conditions in Midwest and Plains states, according to the Mid-America Business Conditions Index. The overall index plunged to a growth neutral 50.0 in October following figures of 54.8 in September and 53.8 in August.

Germany prepared to speak with NSA leaker Edward Snowden

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said he wants the NSA leaker to provide details to Germany about the NSA's alleged surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.

With new housing design in Joplin, people stay put after disaster

With the winning design, the home's bedrooms, living room, porch and other rooms are wrapped around the core. They might not survive the storm, but the core would.


Hair extension thefts a growing problem in St. Louis

The popular product, which can cost as much as $250 a pack, has been stolen from several St. Louis stores over the past year.


Kansas City ministers preach gospel of good health

KC Faith, a new Kansas City-area initiative, is using the platform of church to educate African-American communities about healthy living. 

Collecting black walnuts an Ozark tradition

Springfield couple collects black walnuts to buy Christmas presents for family.

'Spooktacular' scares up treats for kids and adults at new venue

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department moved their annual "Spooktacular" event to the Central Missouri Events Center this year and people enjoyed the change.

PHOTO GALLERY: Grant Elementary parade shows off Halloween costumes

See a photo gallery of Grant Elementary School students dressing up in Halloween costumes for Thursday's school parade.

Almeta Crayton shared her worldview: 'It's about the children'

In audio clips from an interview in June, hear Almeta Crayton talk about what she believed in and why she worked so hard.

Missouri football still in running for SEC Championship

All of Missouri's goals are still well within reach. In fact, there are a number of scenarios in the final four games in which Missouri could end up in Atlanta playing for the SEC Championship on Dec. 7.

UPDATE: Feds to re-examine Brandon Coleman case

The federal government will launch an investigation following an NAACP official's complaint over the decision not to prosecute Brandon Coleman's shooter.

Rock Bridge football to play Jefferson City, again

The sixth-seeded Rock Bridge football team is scheduled to face third-seeded Jefferson City on Friday in the Class 6, District 3 tournament. It will be the second week in a row the two teams have played.