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UPDATE: Snow pummels Columbia; crews working to clear roads

Tow truck operators work to untangle a wreck involving seven semi trucks and a minivan on Interstate 70 that occurred just before noon Tuesday between the Lake of the Woods Exit and U.S. 63 exits. Lt. Bill Fisher of the Columbia Fire Department said multiple people involved in the wreck were taken to University Hospital, but details about the exact number of people injured and the extent of their injuries were not immediately available.

City crews work to clear first- and second-priority routes as snow pummeled Columbia on Tuesday. The snow was expected to intensify before tapering off around midnight, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Missouri men's basketball loses to No. 3 Florida 68-58

For 31 minutes of action Tuesday night, it appeared Missouri might pull the upset, but in the end, Florida was just better and won 68-58.

National Signing Day could bring some drama for Missouri football

Missouri's recruiting prowess has the attention of the rest of the Southeastern Conference and could cause a bit of drama Wednesday.

Snow blankets Columbia on Tuesday

Snowy roads kept Columbia residents largely homebound Tuesday as snow fell for the better part of the day.

UPDATE: Winter storm dumps snow on Missouri

Eight to 11 inches of snow were forecast across a large portion of northern and central Missouri, said Mike July, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

UPDATE: Interstate 70 mostly reopened near Lake of the Woods exit

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 and one westbound lane have reopened after an accident involving semi-trucks shut down the highway near the Lake of the Woods Exit.

SOCIAL SNOW: Wednesday's winter weather, as seen on social media

The Missourian is collecting weather-related posts from social media to offer a look at the world beyond your window.

Recruits show some theater with hat tricks

With National Signing Day on Wednesday, many top football players will hold press conferences with a hat for each of their finalists sitting in front of them. But what happens to the other hats? Where do the caps for the losing schools end up?

College staffs turn to Twitter for recruiting edge

Recruiting is the lifeline of college coaches, and withthe emergence of social media, some football staffs have pushed the boundaries of NCAA regulations to reach recruits.

Decline in Share the Harvest donations consistent with deer harvest

Through a Conservation Department program, hunters donate extra venison to those in need. A decline in donations lines up with lower 2013 deer harvest totals.

Judge to appoint 'master' to oversee Mamtek suit

Judge Patricia Joyce said after a hearing Monday that she did not have time to oversee the case as it becomes more complex.

UPDATE: MU, Columbia Public Schools, city offices closed again Wednesday

MU, Stephens and Columbia colleges,Columbia Public Schools and several other local schools, will be closed Wednesday.

A new entitlement? The right to preschool

Even though Republican-run state governments have been pushing spending cuts in most areas there is one exception – preschool programs. Funding for programs that help families afford preschool is now $400 million more than before the economic downturn.

 

Tennessee-Vandy game features sibling rivalry

Ever since Vanderbilt hired Garry Christopher as strength and conditioning coach for the basketball team last summer, the same position his brother Nicodemus Christopher occupies at in-state rival Tennessee, they've been anticipating Wednesday's matchup between the two schools.

Hockey players going high-tech with their socks

During the past couple years there's been a growing trend among NHL players trying to protect their lower legs from skate blades. Several manufacturers produce high-tech socks using a variety of material — including Kevlar and copper — to save calf muscles, Achilles tendons and a player's feet.

Columbia athlete named conference hoops player of the week

The American Midwest Conference named Columbia senior Heather English the conference's women's basketball player of the week Monday.

Alabama's season could be on a downward spiral

Alabama coach Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide are trying to reverse a recent downward spiral of lopsided defeats and continuing road woes. Alabama has lost four of its last five games by an average margin of 15 points going into Wednesday's visit to Arkansas.

Missouri basketball fan on team plane pleads guilty in cocaine case

A Missouri men's basketball fan who over four seasons regularly traveled with the team to NCAA tournament games has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy involving cocaine and marijuana distribution.

Terry Lynn Thornsberry loved golf, working in information technology

Terry Lynn Thornsberry of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. He was 63.

Senate sends farm bill to Obama

The senate sent an extensive farm bill to the White House for President Barack Obama to review on Tuesday. The bill — which has costs of nearly $100 billion per year — contains a number of changes to agricultural subsidies and the food stamp program.

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