Kansas basketball freshman Andrew Wiggins still seeking his place

It's already been a season of growing pains for the No. 1 recruit in last year's class, and while the eighth-ranked Jayhawks are starting to soar, Andrew Wiggins is still searching for his stride.

Missouri softball team 14th in preseason ranking

The Missouri softball team earned a No. 14 ranking in the Division I preseason poll by USA Today and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

No. 6 Florida finding success in close games

Florida (15-2, 4-0 SEC) is 7-2 in games decided by single digits this season and 3-1 in games decided by two points or less, a stark contrast to the team's struggles last season.

Gov. Jay Nixon expected to propose more school money

An increase in state tax revenue could allow Nixon to propose hundreds of millions of new dollars for education spending. He has said he wants to fully fund Missouri's school formula.

5 things to know for Missouri state address

Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Tolton girls basketball gets by Jamestown

The Tolton girls basketball team earned a 57-51 win over Jamestown behind a strong game from Laura Elfrink.

Betty Jean Smith dedicated her life to family, friends

Betty Jean Smith died Sunday, Jan. 19. She was 50 years old.

Mary Belle Turner was a lifelong educator

Mary Belle Turner died Monday, Jan. 20. She was 89.

Mary Belle Turner, May 2, 1924 — Jan. 20, 2014

 Mary Belle Turner, 89, of Columbia died Monday, Jan. 20. She was 89.

Tolton boys basketball win fifth straight

A win Tuesday over Jamestown gave the Tolton boys basketball team its fifth consecutive win.

Missouri tennis starts 2-0

The Missouri women's tennis team opened the season with a pair of wins Monday. Missouri beat Saint Louis University 6-1 before beating SIU-Edwardsville 6-1.

Sochi forces hunt for 3 potential suicide bombers

Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month.

Sochi still scrambling to sell Olympics tickets

With less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony, hundreds of thousands of tickets remain unsold, raising the prospect of empty seats and a lack of atmosphere at Russia's first Winter Olympics.

Gay Republicans face long odds in House campaigns

The three gay Republicans who are running in this year's midterm election must ultimately unseat a Democratic incumbent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: How a Columbia developer makes a nice living backing tax credits

Jeffrey E. Smith is a Columbia developer who is the individual most responsible for Missouri spending more money on low-income and historic tax credits than any other state in the nation.

Vols' coach seeks consistency from Jarnell Stokes

Stokes had 20 points and 15 rebounds Saturday in 74-66 loss at No. 14 Kentucky, which was ranked 13th at the time. Stokes will try to continue his play Wednesday when the Volunteers (11-6, 2-2 SEC) host Arkansas (12-5, 1-3).

UPDATE: Missouri Senate panel considering gun law nullification

The measure being heard by the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday would declare certain federal gun control policies "null and void."

Wedding insurance expands as nuptials get pricier

For the insurance giant Travelers, the wedding insurance might be a way to connect with a couple who might later think of the company when buying insurance for a home or other milestones.

NOAA: World in 2013 was 4th hottest on record

Despite frigid temperatures in many parts of the U.S. recently, NOAA and NASA reported that the average global temperature for 2013 was one of the warmest on record.


Chicago archdiocese hid decades of child sex abuse

While disturbing stories of clergy sexual abuse have wrenched the Roman Catholic Church across the globe, the newly released documents offer the broadest look yet into how one of its largest and most prominent American dioceses responded to the scandal.