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Army veteran designs new beer cans for Rock Bridge Brewing Co.

Curtis Bean displays his art at the BLACKOUT art show in Denver in September. Bean has created the artwork for the can design of two Rock Bridge Brewing Co. beers.

A retired U.S. Army sniper who found relief from post-traumatic stress disorder through art therapy recently completed the artwork for the cans of Rock Bridge Brewing Co.'s Saison and Rye IPA.

New Columbia barbecue joint, Como Smoke and Fire, a family affair

Hallsville brothers Matt and Patrick Hawkins always wanted to open a bar and a restaurant. With the help of Matt Hawkins' wife, Christy, their dreams are now a reality. They opened Como Smoke and Fire on Dec. 30 in north Columbia.

Morgan Eye breaks Missouri women's basketball all-time 3-point record

Missouri guard Morgan Eye broke a career 3-point record in Thursday's 66-56 win against No. 25 Georgia. Eye made two 3-pointers in the game, raising her career total to 228 3-pointers.

Vanderbilt's James Franklin to Penn State? It's not yet official

Coach James Franklin appears to have a decision to make. Stay at Vanderbilt or take over as coach at Penn State.

Deadline approaches to file for School Board, City Council elections

Helen Wade is the latest candidate to file for re-election to the Columbia School Board. Three positions on the board are up for election this year. Two City Council seats also available.

GEORGE KENNEDY: New legislative session unlikely to take on tough issues

It may be a new year and a new session, but it’s the same old legislature. This time I pledge, in a kind of belated New Year’s resolution, to maintain a realistic pessimism about the likelihood of anything worthwhile emerging from Jefferson City.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: National study defies stereotypes of black fathers

Regardless of race, fathers are likely to be less involved in the daily lives of their children if they do not live with them.

Defense paves way for Missouri women's basketball win against No. 25 Georgia

Missouri earned its first victory over a ranked opponent on Thursday, topping Georgia 66-56. The Tigers' 2-3 zone defense held Georgia to 22.2 percent in the second half. 

Jay Gruden aims to end Washington's turmoil in NFL

Jay Gruden was introduced Thursday as the man charged with ending the troubles the team has endured under owner Dan Snyder and recently under general manager Bruce Allen.

FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston could face lawsuit

The attorney for a woman who accused star Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault said Thursday that she intends to sue the school, the Tallahassee Police Department and the player himself.

More snowy owls flying south in search of food

The birds are appearing sooner, further south and in greater numbers than in previous years. There have been 10 sightings of snowy owls in Missouri.

UPDATE: Traffic cleared following 2 collisions on Interstate 70

Eastbound and westbound lanes near marker 131 of Interstate 70 closed briefly  Thursday afternoon following two collisions.

Carolyn Smith Paschal, April 8, 1929-December 10, 2013

Carolyn Smith Paschal died December 10, 2013 at Mill Vista Lodge in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Hickman girls basketball remains undefeated with win vs. St. Joseph's

Senior guard Jordan Matthews and junior guard Emily Miller scored 16 apiece to boost Hickman High School in a 62-44 win over St. Joseph’s Academy in a girls basketball game Thursday in St. Louis.

Rock Bridge girls basketball beats Columbia North, 62-53

Junior guard Sophie Cunningham scored 23 points and tallied eight assists to lead Rock Bridge High School to a 62-53 win over Columbus North (Ind.) in a Coaches vs. Cancer girls basketball game Thursday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Five Columbia residents indicted for conspiring to distribute a ton of pot

Each defendant could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in a federal prison if convicted.

Two Jefferson City parents plead guilty to student loan fraud

Between July 2005 and August 2007, the Bakers received $102,088 in student loans, although the money was used for "unapproved and undisclosed uses."

Hickman boys beat Cahokia in Coaches vs. Cancer High School Shootout

Jimmy Whitt had a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds as Hickman took down Cahokia (Ill.) 74-53 in the Coaches vs. Cancer High School Shootout on Thursday in St. Louis.

New mid-Missouri group brings support for Alzheimer's patients

An early-stage Alzheimer's support group will meet monthly beginning Jan. 16.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pay gap continues to grow at U.S. universities

Students at St. Mary's College in Maryland have been waging battle for some time for a campus-wide living wage.

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