Majority of Violence Task Force members absent from meeting

S. David Mitchell spoke to the seven members of the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence in attendance, but with eight of the members missing, the task force didn't officially meet.

Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

The report, "Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action," says that 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted at college but that only 12 percent of student victims report it.

UPDATE: Dalrymple introduced to public as Columbia College president

Scott Dalrymple said he plans to tie his experiences uniting online and bricks-and-mortar campuses into the Columbia College community.

Hickman boys basketball falls to Lee's Summit West

Hickman boys basketball suffered its second consecutive loss on Wednesday night in the Lee's Summit-Culver's Classic. The Kewpies will go on to play in the third place game on Friday.

With former MU star gone, softball freshmen make their pitch to replace her

Casey Stangel and Tori Finucane are confident their combined skills can replace the graduated superstar Chelsea Thomas.

New trail designed to ease traffic congestion along Forum Boulevard

Plans for a new trail and bridge parallel to Forum Boulevard are designed to make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists by moving them off of the busy thoroughfare.

Missouri chief justice calls for criminal code reform, explains new court technology

Chief Justice Russell discussed technology, the criminal code and conserving Missouri's financial resources.

A look at the Missourian's coverage of campus sexual assaults

The White House is turning attention to the problem of campus sexual assaults. Here is a look at the Missourian's previous reporting of the issue locally.

House bill would add Columbia site for umbilical cord blood collection

Legislation in the House would craft a system for collecting umbilical cord blood in Columbia, Kansas City and Springfield

Conference schedule challenges Missouri women's basketball

After facing three straight ranked opponents and suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season, the road does not get any easier for the Missouri women's basketball team. The Tigers, who will play Texas A&M on Thursday, are in the midst of a grueling eight-game stretch during which they are scheduled to face seven Associated Press Top 25 teams.

High school basketball teams gather for luncheon

Hickman and Father Tolton team members attended a luncheon Wednesday prior to Show Me State Shootout at Mizzou Arena on Sunday.

Missouri lawmakers, governor $370 million apart on budget

Republican legislative leaders were still fuming Wednesday about the Democratic governor's budget proposal, a day after he outlined it as part of his State of the State address.

GUEST COMMENTARY: In wake of Ferguson case, more safeguards needed to protect justice system

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The wrongful conviction of citizens for crimes they didn’t commit is a substantial problem that can be addressed by the adoption of several “best practice” reforms already adopted by a number of states across the country.

Wind chill advisory in effect from 9 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

A high of 13 was forecast for Thursday with a low around 3 degrees Thursday night and wind chill values as low as minus 10.

3 Ashland aldermen resign over impeachment issue

The resignations of board members David Thomas, John Hills and Carl Long led Mayor Gene Rhorer to call off Tuesday night's meeting because of a lack of a quorum.

Missouri basketball's John Brown selected to 2014 Allstate SEC Legends

John Brown, who played at Missouri from 1971-1973, was selected to the 2014  SEC Legends. Brown led Missouri to the school's first two 20 win season in school history.

DAVID ROSMAN: Arguments against expanding Medicaid have no real basis

It is time to tell members of the state legislature to take down the roadblocks and get our money back into the state economy. Tell them to pass SB 661, which will provide “for the expansion of MO HealthNet services beginning on Jan. 1, 2015.”

Threat of attacks on Sochi considered a hoax

European Olympic authorities, whose countries have faced terrorist threats and attacks in the past, largely shrugged off the new menacing messages as a hoax, a marginal phenomenon that security experts say is common ahead of big events.

Cardinals' Holliday happy to have Peralta as teammate

Matt Holliday has been an outspoken critic of players who have used performance-enhancing drugs. When it comes to Jhonny Peralta, his new St. Louis Cardinals teammate, he is willing to forgive and forget.

High-spending Yankees add Tanaka for $155 million

New York capped an offseason spending spree by agreeing Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract with prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka joined catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran on a revamped roster missing long-time All-Stars Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Robinson Cano.