Columbia recovery house keeps former inmates on the straight and narrow

In2Action is a Christian-based recovery house in north Columbia that helps former inmates stay out of prison. In2Action provides safe and affordable housing and helps offenders apply for work or enroll in school. The house is a network of support in which the men of the In2Action house engage in dialogue, do chores and pray together.

More than half of inmates released in Missouri end up back in prison within three years. In a Christian-based recovery house named In2Action in north Columbia, nine former prisoners have come together to build the support and stability they've never had in the hope that they can beat the odds and start over.

Missouri's Sierra Michaelis shines in win at Florida

Missouri's Sierra Michaelis shined in her second career start and led the way to a 81-76 win over Florida in the Tigers' first-ever visit to Gainesville, Fla.

Columbia Public Schools official Sally Beth Lyon to retire

Sally Beth Lyon will retire as chief academic officer on June 30. She oversaw the district's shift to Common Core State Standards.


Missouri freshmen give men's basketball needed boost

Missouri's recent success in close games goes back to its youngest players. Freshmen such as Torren Jones, while not the most important pieces for the Tigers, have contributed just enough.

Sports events receive financial help from Columbia convention bureau

The Go Girl Run and Special Olympics will receive additional funding from the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Columbia School Board supports proposed Community Improvement District on Business Loop 70

The Columbia School Board has agreed to vote in favor of a proposed Community Improvement District on Business Loop 70. Additionally, 16 people have applied to succeed Chris Belcher as district superintendent.

PHOTO GALLERY: Street performers dance, use stilts, play instruments in Sochi

Street performers fill the Olympic Park.

Columbia high school wrestlers advance in state tournament

Rock Bridge advanced all seven of its state qualifying wrestlers in the first round on Friday night. Tolton's Jaydin Clayton, who is going for his third state title, also advanced.

ANY QUESTIONS: How do Amber Alerts work on cellphones?

The Wireless Emergency Alerts program sends notifications to phones in certain areas depending on which cell towers are nearby.

Blunt pushes congressional award for Monuments Men

Sen. Blunt spoke at the State Historical Society about his proposed bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Monuments Men.

GEORGE KENNEDY: In the wake of TIF rejection, city officials weigh the next move

I was surprised that only Michael Trapp joined Mayor Bob McDavid in supporting the proposal. In retrospect, I overestimated the appeal of a device that would have used the increased tax revenue from new development to pay for the necessary sewer, water and electricity upgrades and underestimated the influence of a strongly negative reaction from the vocal segment of the public.

FROM READERS: A Russian perspective on the Olympics

The Olympics should be about the competitive spirit of sports, not politics.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Abstinence-only is not enough to equip teens with sound information about sex

Abstinence-only sex education does not educate teenagers about the benefits of using contraception and leaves them ill-equipped to deal with the reality of teenage sexual activity.

Planning and Zoning approves new student apartments near MU

Development Services Manager Pat Zenner said the city's utility woes shouldn't hinder rezoning issues.

No. 16 Missouri softball defeats No. 14 Arizona

The Tigers won their first game of the Mary Nutter Classic 2-0, bringing their overall record to 5-1.

Fr. Tolton scores two points in the fourth quarter, falls by four

The Father Tolton Catholic High School boys basketball team scored just two points in the fourth quarter and suffered a 61-57 loss Thursday to St. Paul Lutheran.

Position switches, trades put Cardinals in natural spots

The St. Louis Cardinals have improved their lineup by making some position switches and freeing up space in the field through offseason trades. Players like Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig could benefit.

TELL US: Have you signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act?

If you don't have health insurance that meets a minimum standard, you could face a fine. What has your experience been getting coverage?

Columbia College women's basketball tops Stephens College 108-31

With the win, the Cougars are guaranteed to remain atop American Midwest Conference.

Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska withdraws from Olympics

Bogdana Matsotska wants to leave the Olympics immediately to join protesters in the camp known as Maidan in Kiev's Independence Square, but said she has been unable to book a flight home.