Missouri Stealth provides avenue for girls to play college softball

All of the fast pitch softball program's 2013 and 2014 graduates received college scholarships, and some class of 2015 players have already committed to colleges.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sales tax increase for MoDOT is unfair, unnecessary

On Aug. 5, Missourians will be voting on Amendment 7, the largest tax increase in the history of Missouri. MoDOT claims they need more funding, and this ballot issue will increase everyone’s sales taxes 10 percent. It’s a regressive tax that will unfairly affect working families, the elderly, the poor and students.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yes, we need mass transit, but we cannot neglect our highways

While we need to increase mass transit programs and reduce vehicular air pollution, we need not achieve that goal by neglecting our very necessary highways and bridges.

ANALYSIS: Should the condemned suffer? Victim families torn

Joseph Rudoph Wood's "botched" execution last week has fanned the flames of the unending debate over whether vicious killers should suffer as they die for their crimes.

Not in my backyard: U.S. sending dirty coal abroad

While the Obama administration is taking steps to reduce the use of fossil fuels in the United States, a growing demand for coal has energy companies shipping more fuel overseas.

Five things to know about coal trade, global warming

U.S. energy companies have been sending America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world, which could be causing a variety of consequences.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Know about sunblock ingredients before applying it

For those concerned about the chemicals we put on our bodies, sunblock represents a double-edged sword.

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

Unlike a proposed settlement in a similar lawsuit against the NFL, this deal stops short of setting aside money to pay players who suffered brain trauma.

Ameren Missouri seeks increase in monthly fees

The Missouri Public Service Commision says the proposal would increase the fee on an average residential customer's electric bill to $51.7 from the current $3.63 a month.

Study shows 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors

The study points to a disturbing trend: The share of Americans in collections has remained relatively constant, even as the country as a whole has whittled down the size of its credit card debt since the official end of the Great Recession in the middle of 2009.

Calwood group dedicates memorial at recently discovered Civil War grave

About one hundred spectators gathered Sunday in a roadside field at what is believed to be a grave containing the bodies of eight or nine Confederate and Union soldiers, killed during the deadliest Civil War battle in Callaway County.

Former Columbia councilman, public servant Jerry Wade dies

Jerry Wade served on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission for 15 years and as Fourth Ward City Councilman for one term. Wade also was active with The Audubon Society of Missouri and Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative Foundation.

Gunman in Tre'Veon Marshall's death receives life sentence

Nicholas Raheem Thomas was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole, plus 20 years for armed criminal action.

Columbia, Boone County officials discuss racial discrepancies in student discipline

In a report by the Office of State Courts Adminstrator, Boone County was ranked worst in Missouri for inequality in referring minority students to juvenile justice authorities.


Mid-Missouri peace group calls for end to Mideast violence

Area religious leaders and experts on the Middle East called for a cease-fire throughout the region, urging U.S. leaders to help stop the conflict.

Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

Columbia's Carl Edwards will change teams for next NASCAR season.

Elizabeth Charlene St. Aubin loved NASCAR racing, puzzles

Elizabeth Charlene St. Aubin of Columbia, known by friends as "Charlie" and by several family members as "Boo," died July 26, 2014. She was 76.

Elizabeth Charlene St. Aubin, March 8, 1938 — July 26, 2014, of Columbia

Elizabeth Charlene St. Aubin of Columbia died Saturday, July 26, 2014. She was 76.

Wade known for community service, involvement with bird conservation groups

Jerry Lee Wade, 73, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Columbia. He was born January 29, 1941, in Mason City, Iowa.

Jefferson City man arrested in assault of teen umpire at Show-Me State Games

Columbia police say that a 36-year-old Jefferson City man assaulted a 15-year-old umpire volunteering at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday night