Court ruling to dictate Kansas school funding debate

A lower court ruled that the state was not meeting its constitutional obligations for funding schools, ordering an increase in spending of more than $440 million. The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case in October, and its decision is expected around the same time the legislative session begins on Jan. 13.

West Virginia spill shows vulnerability of water supply

It's a nightmare scenario that became all too real in West Virginia: A chemical seeped into the water supply and threatened to sicken hundreds of thousands of people.

Columbia College women's basketball trounces Stephens in 113-41 victory

Janairrika Bland scored 22 points as Columbia College dominated crosstown rival Stephens 113-41 in a women's basketball game Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Jets sign coach Rex Ryan to contract extension

The New York Jets signed the popular coach to a contract extension Thursday, removing the lame duck label from Ryan and keeping him with the franchise through the 2015 season — and possibly beyond.

Women's Network hosts diversity speaker

Columbia businesswomen hosted Joan Gabel, dean of MU's Trulaske School of Business.

Steve Spurrier gets extension, raise

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier has received a one-year contract extension and a raise that will pay the coach $4 million annually.

Appeals court hears Missouri flag desecration case

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case of Frank Snider III of Cape Girardeau, arrested in 2009 for violating Missouri's law prohibiting burning or desecration of the flag.

Airfares continue to rise, up 12 percent since '09

The average domestic roundtrip ticket, including tax, reached $363.42 last year, up more than $7 from the prior year, according to an Associated Press analysis of travel data collected from millions of flights throughout the country.

McDaniels tries to stick another dagger in Denver

For a brief time, Josh McDaniels was a celebrity in Denver and he played the part with gusto — running to the corner of the stadium after his first signature win and pumping his fists at the crowd to celebrate.

A-Rod: Suspension could be beneficial

Alex Rodriguez says his season-long suspension could be a benefit, allowing him to rest and return to the Yankees for the final three years of his contract.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones wants reinstated lawsuit limits

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says he wants to reinstate a cap on some damages that plaintiffs can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Tolton boys win big again

Freshman Michael Porter Jr., a 6-foot-6 guard, poured in 28 points to lead Tolton to a 76-43 win over Wright City in a boys high school basketball game Thursday in Columbia.

Sharapova advances in an Aussie scorcher

Australian Open matches were suspended for four hours as temperatures topped 109 Fahrenheit.

Health care website passed recent security test

Cybersecurity concerns over President Barack Obama's health care website have been cleared up through testing, a government security professional said Thursday.

Brady back at practice with the Patriots

The quarterback was removed from the injury report one day after being a no-show at practice because of illness.

49ers vs. Seahawks: A new rivalry out west

One of these teams will emerge Sunday from ear-splitting CenturyLink Field headed for New Jersey to play for the sport's biggest prize. The other will carry into the offseason even more loathing for this opponent.

Arkansas State player killed in shooting

An Arkansas State football player and his stepfather were shot to death during a home invasion robbery in Jackson, Tenn., with the athlete apparently trying to protect his parents from their attackers, police said Thursday.

NBA All-Star jerseys will have sleeves

The NBA All-Stars will wear jerseys with sleeves during this season's midseason celebration in New Orleans.