DanceAbility provides opportunity for kids with special needs

The Missouri Contemporary Ballet is adding a new class called DanceAbility to its spring roster. DanceAbility is a ballet class designed for special needs children and considers their unique needs and abilities in its practice and teaching methods.

For eight weeks this winter, the students in a new class at the School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet learned much more than simple dance steps.

Frankie May Calvert dedicated herself to family, community, Sunday dinners

Frankie May Miller Calvert died Saturday, March 22, 2014. She was 92.


FROM READERS: What is that on his back?

Missouri athletes honor their multicultural backgrounds on their backs — some only on the field of play and others permanently.

Columbia College splits softball doubleheader

The Columbia College softball team split a doubleheader against Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University on Monday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Missouri softball's doubleheader against Illinois moved to Wednesday

The Tigers will face the Fighting Illini at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lindenwood University. The games were originally scheduled for Tuesday.

Karen Sue Long worked at Marshall Habilitation Center for 30 years

Karen Sue Long of Marshall died Saturday, March 22, 2014. She was 62.

Karen Sue Long, Nov. 19, 1951 — March 22, 2014, of Marshall

Karen Sue Long died Saturday, March 22, 2014. She was 62.

Most snow should miss Columbia, National Weather Service says

The Columbia Public Works Department is treating bridges to prevent freezing.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: List of Missouri-grown food, products

AgriMissouri, an outreach program of the Department of Agriculture, provides a list of Missouri-grown agricultural products and resources throughout the state so Missouri residents can shop locally.

Tolton girls win 11-1

Five players scored for Fr. Tolton High School, which won its girls' soccer season-opener against Elsberry 11-1 on Monday.

Vernon Charles Barr, June 16, 1916 — March 23, 2014, of Columbia

Vernon Charles Barr, of Columbia, died Sunday, March 23, 2014. He was 97.

James Russell Spieler, Dec. 10, 1937 — March 21, 2014, of Columbia

James Russell Spieler of Columbia died Friday, March 21, 2014. He was 76.

Attorney says Jeffrey Ferguson upbeat despite looming execution

The execution would be Missouri's fifth in five months and its fifth straight using a single drug, pentobarbital.

Kentucky, Stanford push Kansas teams out in Round of 32

No. 8 seed Kentucky and No. 10 Stanford knocked No. 1 Wichita State and No. 2 Kansas out of the NCAA tournament, respectively. The Wildcats and Cardinal will advance to the Sweet 16 out of the St. Louis portion of the bracket.

Tennessee, top-seeded Virginia advance out of Raleigh

The ACC's national championship hopes now come down to one school: Virginia. Meanwhile, Tennessee — one of the three SEC schools still in the field — came to Tobacco Road and turned it into Raleigh Top.

Big 12 teams Baylor, Iowa State bound for Sweet 16

Baylor and Iowa State, former Big 12 foes of Missouri, left Texas bound for the Sweet 16. Both are hoping to return for the Final Four.

Missouri auditor questions child care spending

Auditor Tom Schweich found that one-third of the payments reviewed by his office were not supported by proper documentation or were not in compliance with department guidelines.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislature overprotects cigarettes at the expense of schools, social services

The coddling of off-brand tobacco manufacturers shines an ugly light on a legislature plagued by weak leadership and unwilling to put the good of the state above even the most unhealthy of special interests.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Advanced Placement rush puts more students at risk of failure

Too many unprepared students are being placed in Advanced Placement classes and forced to take the exams. The problem is that some states have become so caught up in the hype to push AP that they now routinely have more than 50 percent exam failures, based on tests actually taken.

Sweet 16 should bring viewers relief from busted brackets

There is plenty of March Madness ahead in the NCAA tournament's round of 16. Favorites, underdogs, rivalries and rematches highlight the four-day, 12-game regional round.