Lasers, music, stars to take over Columbia Public Schools planetarium

The Radiant Pro 60, a laser light show projection machine, is demonstrated Tuesday at Rock Bridge High School.

The show, a first for the school district, will feature laser lights tuned to rock 'n' roll classics from the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and current top-40 hits, as well as an accurate representation of the stars in the night sky.

Diabetes taking toll on Columbia's African-American community

Leaders of Columbia's African-American community are dying before their time from diabetes. It's not a subject many want to discuss, but those who do say the powerful need for "comfort" foods and the legacy of slavery have a place in the do-or-die conversation about the disease.

Missouri men's basketball expects improved SEC competition

Frank Haith and the Missouri basketball team anticipate a tougher SEC schedule this year. However, the Tigers are more experienced and more confident on the road this season, factors they hope translate into wins.

MU communications leader Chris Koukola to retire

Chris Koukola will retire Jan. 31, having served as MU's assistant to the chancellor for university affairs since 1986. "It's always interesting," she says about her job.

Missouri's Henry Josey declares for draft

Missouri running back Henry Josey finished his college career with 2,771 rushing yards (fifth all-time at Missouri) and 31 total touchdowns (tied for sixth all-time).

Boone County legislators push education spending, Medicaid expansion in upcoming session

Columbia Reps. Stephen Webber and Chris Kelly said they will push to expand Medicaid and increase education and infrastructure spending this legislative session. But the Republican-controlled legislature is more likely to focus on tax cuts.

2 Columbia youths win NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Team Championships

Eryn Puett, 11, and Andrew Whelihan, 13, represented the St. Louis Rams at the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Team Championship on Dec. 15. Eryn will go on to the national competition next week in Denver.

Missouri football finishes at No. 5 in AP Poll

The SEC still dominated the top-10, with championship runner-up Auburn at No. 2, South Carolina at No. 3, Missouri fifth and Alabama No. 7.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Israel does not target civilians

There are legitimate criticisms of Israel, but targeting civilians in rocket attacks is not one.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Social media demographics shift to older users

Until recently, Facebook was synonymous with a youthful communications revolution, but there's been an increase in users over age 65. What is cool with younger people doesn't stay cool forever.

MU medical school expands program to address rural health disparities

MU's School of Medicineis expanding the Bryant Scholars Pre-Admissions Program, designed to attract rural students by offering pre-admission to the school with the hope they'll go home to practice in rural areas. 

Hickman boys basketball thumps Battle to remain undefeated

The Hickman High School Boys basketball team defeated Battle High School 77-28 on Tuesday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Online voter registration now an option in Missouri

New online tool rolled out in December makes it easier to get people registered. The hardest part might be using the mouse to sign the form.

ROSE NOLEN: A big family provides a lifetime of memories

Big families help create lots of memories, fill life with laughter and fun. Of course, there also are ups and downs.

William Woods men's basketball falls to Williams Baptist

The William Woods men's basketball team's three-game win streak came to an end on Tuesday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hands-on farmer looks promising as state director of agriculture

Missouri farmers can be assured Mr. Fordyce will understand their needs and concerns. This is because he is one of them.

Lindsey Vonn not heading to Sochi after knee injury

Lindsey Vonn announced Tuesday that she will miss this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi. Her decision comes after facing numerous setbacks and injuries.

One injured in three-car accident at Chapel Hill Road and Scott Boulevard

An injury accident occurred at 9:36 a.m. at Chapel Hill Road and Scott Boulevard. Two trucks and a car were involved in the accident.

Andrew Luck measures up to Peyton Manning, looks to best Brady

Andrew Luck used to emulate Tom Brady; now he'll face him in a playoff game when the Indianapolis Colts hit the road to face the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady's fire still fuels Patriots

The New England Patriots quarterback has had plenty of success in his illustrious career, but he still gets fired up about playoff football.