Administrators surprise five MU professors during class with $10,000 award

On Monday, five MU faculty members were surprised during class by a parade — headed by Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and a check for $10,000. Recipients of the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence receive the award from a gift of $500,000 donated by Commerce Bank in the name of 1926 MU graduate William T. Kemper. The fellowship has been awarded the past 24 years.

About 20 MU educators were nominated for the 2014 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, which includes a $10,000 check. The five winners were chosen according to student testimony and colleagues' evaluations.

UPDATE: Missouri basketball player Jordan Clarkson to enter NBA Draft

Jordan Clarkson will forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA draft. Clarkson spent one season at Missouri after transferring from Tulsa.

Molina's home run leads Cardinals to 1-0 victory over Reds

Yadier Molina broke a seventh-inning time with a home run and made a pair of slick defensive plays on Monday, leading the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Reds.

Second flight to Chicago starts Wednesday

The new flight will depart Columbia at 6 a.m. Another flight will also begin departing Chicago at 6:35 p.m.

Rock Bridge defeats Battle in baseball

Battle junior Marshall Willingham made history in the Spartans' 17-4 loss to Rock Bridge.

Royals squander lead in 4-3 loss to Tigers

Kansas City's star reliever was called on in the ninth inning with the potential winning run already at third, and Detroit's Alex Gonzalez greeted him with a single to left that gave the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Royals on opening day Monday.

Third suspect in Tolston homicide extradited to Boone County

Police arrested Jimiah Lambert, 20, in New Orleans on March 6. All three suspects in the case are charged with second-degree murder..

Columbia man pleads guilty in fatal 2012 car crash

The driver of the car that struck a pick-up truck, killing one passenger and critically injuring the driver, was 20 years old at the time and testified he'd been served at least four beers at Deja Vu.

New park brings benefits to Alpha Hart Elementary

A city park with a number of kid-oriented features is being built about a block from Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School. Teachers and parents are excited about the addition of the Norma Sutherland Smith Park to the area.

Tolton baseball loses 7-4 to Fulton High School

After losing to Fulton High School on Monday, Fr. Tolton Catholic's record drops to 2-4.

Kentucky's freshmen have come of age in postseason

The way Kentucky stumbled into the postseason, not many expected the young Wildcats to put together this surprising NCAA tournament run.

Jayhawks' Wiggins off to NBA after freshman season

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins officially headed to the NBA after his first (and last) season with the Jayhawks.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Patronizing attitude toward women in state Capitol belittles important issues

From what I have experienced personally and witnessed first hand, Republicans, especially in the House, have made it very clear they are not interested in women’s opinions, Dina van der Zalm writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Toxic emissions hurt every man, woman and child in Missouri

Juli Viel writes about her concern about the carbon emissions from the Labadie Power Plant and others around the country.

Sheriff's department deputy assaulted by teen Sunday

Trammond Roberts was charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia baseball, softball facility rental rates available

The City of Columbia publishes rental rates of its baseball and softball facilities, including information about their location.

Florida finds familiar opponents in Final Four

For Florida, the Final Four might as well be dubbed the Familiar Four. Florida's only losses this season came at Wisconsin (Nov. 12) and at Connecticut (Dec. 2), and the Gators (36-2) beat Kentucky three times in the same season for the first time in program history.

Doug McDermott leads AP All-America team

Senior forward Doug McDermott of Creighton University was chosen for AP All-America team for third year in a row.

Missouri health policy enrollment to miss goal

The Cover Missouri Coalition, which oversees the statewide effort, expects state enrollment through the Affordable Care Act's online health insurance marketplace to top 100,000 by Monday's midnight deadline.

Missouri redistricting effort aided GOP gains

After being downsized from nine to eight U.S. representatives, Missouri lost one of its three Democratic delegates to the House and strengthened the GOP's hold in the Legislature.