PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia enjoys warm weather, sun

People throughout Columbia took to the outdoors Wednesday to enjoy sunny, warm weather.

The average temperature Wednesday was 53, with a high of 69, according to the National Weather Service.

First openly gay Missouri athlete Greg DeStephen returns for LGBTQ panel

All-American diver Greg DeStephen came out in 2008. His story gained national publicity in February after the Missourian published a profile of him just days after football player Michael Sam came out.

Earleywine captures 500th career victory in Missouri softball's doubleheader sweep

The Tigers defeated Western Illinois 4-2, 5-0 in the midweek series.

Earnest Ross: Zach Price 'put me in danger'

In the restraining order, Missouri men's basketball's Earnest Ross alleges that Zach Price attempted to cause Ross physical harm, stalked Ross, harassed Ross and followed Ross from place to place on April 2 — one day before Price was arrested twice for assault.

Thompson Center teams up with Mercy Autism Center in St. Louis

The partnership will work to expand clinical care, professional education and research for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

City to practice CoMO Connect bus system

CoMO Connect, the city's new transit system, will stage a full practice run starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Chief Burton addresses community policing, understaffing with mayor's task force

The task force heard two presentations and made its first official action since forming last fall. Both Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton and representatives from the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program addressed the group.

Hickman baseball loses game on final play

After the game, coach Dan Devine talked with first baseman Cody Polton about getting better. It's early in the season, so he wants his players to progress.

Citizens Police Review Board reviews mediator applications

Applications from potential mediators for the program were reviewed in a closed session Wednesday. The program would allow a mediator to sit in on conversations between residents and police officers.

State's leading high school quarterback boosts Missouri football recruiting

Besides Lee's Summit High School's Drew Lock, two more in the Tigers' 2015 recruiting class are also considered four-star recruits by

Tolton baseball shows improvement in 13-5 win

Tolton took down Sweet Springs 13-5 in a high-scoring game Wednesday night. The Trailblazers were spurred on by an 8-run second inning, which they sustained with solid pitching late in the game.

Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger was MU student, civil rights activist

Civil rights activist and former MU student, Rory Ellinger, worked toward equality in Columbia before becoming University City representative. He died Wednesday morning.

Fear of 'snitching' keeps students from reporting incidents involving student athletes

MU students are unwilling to cooperate with police in criminal investigations for fear of being called a "snitch," said Jill Schlude, the Columbia Police Department's assistant chief of police.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Gunther's Games hosts the Columbia Pinball League

Flippers from across town gather at Gunther's Games for a weekly pinball tournament. Competitor Nathan Goett, 17, tied for fifth out of 13 on March 16.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tornado sirens may save your life — heed them

It's important to remember that while we receive more warnings than damage, that doesn't mean we're immune to mother nature's destruction.

Columbia College softball splits doubleheader with Missouri Baptist

The Columbia College and Missouri Baptist University softball teams split their doubleheader on Wednesday. Both teams won in walkoffs.

Tolton boys golf finishes third at Wednesday's SoBoCo Quad meet

The Tolton boys golf team finished third in the SoBoCo Quad meet hosted by Southern Boone High School at Eagle Knoll Golf Course in Ashland on Wednesday.

Rock Bridge boys tennis defeats Jefferson City at Bethel Park

The Bruins defeated Jefferson City 9-0 and swept the doubles matches. The individual matches, though, were more contested.

Three men attempt armed robbery at Parkway Apartments

Three men attempted an armed robbery Wednesday at Parkway Apartments on West Broadway. The suspects are unknown.

Susan Richardson worked at Cosmoprof, loved her dogs

Susan Lynn Richardson of Columbia died Sunday, April 6, 2014. She was 59.