UPDATE: Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel agrees to new contract through 2020

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and players, including offensive linesman Robert Luce and defensive lineman Michael Sam, prepare to take the field Jan. 3 for the Cotton Bowl game against Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas. A new contract for Pinkel guarantees him $3.1 million a year through 2020.

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel's new contract will boost his guaranteed earnings to $3.1 million a year through 2020. Assistant coaches also received raises.

MU housing plan recommended demolishing University Village in 2011

A 2008 MU housing plan specifically identified the University Village apartment walkways as structurally unsound.

TELL US: What has changed in Columbia (and what do you hope doesn't change)?

Take a walk down memory lane and tell us how Columbia has evolved.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Charting the future of downtown development demands a skillful approach

The real questions that face the Columbia City Council and the community's residents and are whether we can guide growth and how we’ll pay for it.

Missouri baseball's Brett Graves finds groove on the mound

With two straight dominant starts, right-hander Brett Graves has shown signs of becoming another quality starting pitcher for the Tigers. 

Holocaust survivor visits Oakland Middle School

Holocaust survivor and author Ben Fainer spoke to students at Oakland Middle School on Thursday morning. Vera and Sonia Emmons, the descendants of Holocaust survivor Gerda Nothmann Luner, also spoke at the event.


Wilsons – father, son – find new opportunities with Tolton basketball team

Isaiah Wilson had planned to play basketball at Hickman. But when his father took an assistant coach position at Tolton, his plans changed. Both father and son are happy about the new arrangement.

Scenarios abound for SEC men's basketball teams as final regular-season games approach

Missouri can finish as high as No. 4 and as low as No. 9 in seeding for the Southeastern Conference tournament. Here is a breakdown of the possible scenarios for teams as they enter their final games.

Climate change report predicts resurgence of Missouri prized tree species

A new report on the effects of climate change on forests in the central U.S. points to vulnerabilities in three Missouri species along with a resurgence of shortleaf pine, which thrived 150 years ago in the Ozarks.

Missouri lawmakers: Partisanship inhibits compromise on extending abortion waiting period

The House version of legislation that would triple the mandatory waiting period for abortions passed the first-round vote, while its Senate counterpart faltered after Democrats commanded the four-hour floor debate.

Missouri softball to face Texas A&M in first conference series

After rain forced the Tigers to leave their series with the Aggies at a 1-1 tie last season, Missouri hopes to take the series to start SEC play this season.

Two arrests made in connection with ongoing drug trafficking investigation

Joshua J. Dillick, 22, and Nicholas Kampe, 23, were arrested on suspicion of felony distribution, delivery, manufacture or production of a controlled substance.

School Board candidates find common ground on funding, achievement gap

The four candidates campaigning for the three open seats on the Columbia School Board took questions Thursday during their first public forum.

School board taking questions for superintendent candidate Q-and-A

The two candidates for superintendent will appear separately at a meet-and-greet event Tuesday.

Hickman assistant principal to be recommended for principal job

The school district announced Thursday that Assistant Principal Eric Johnson will be recommended as Principal Tracey Conrad's successor at Hickman High School.


Local rivals team up to head Columbia College women's basketball

Four Columbia-area basketball players used to compete against one another. Now, they play as together on Columbia College's women's basketball team and laugh about their rival days.

Obama: West won't let Kremlin carve up Ukraine

President Barack Obama ordered the West's first sanctions in response to Russia's military takeover of Crimea on Thursday, declaring his determination not to let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Conflict areas in Ukraine

Russia launched a military intervention in reaction to political protests in Crimea, Ukraine, despite the United States' warning.

Missouri gymnastics faces uphill battle at Auburn

Without freshman Anna Bowers, the Tigers could find themselves in a tough spot at No. 11 Auburn on Friday. 

FIRST WARD CITY COUNCIL: Meet the candidates

Three candidates will be on the April 8 ballot to replace Fred Schmidt as the First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council.