Russian pianist brings music to Columbia neighborhood

Olga Koldobskiy is a Saint Petersburg State Conservatory-educated pianist who gives concerts and teaches piano lessons in Columbia. She and her husband, Aleksandr, moved to the United States from Russia in 1992 as refugees. They had been after being targeted as ethnic secular Jews.

A Saint Petersburg State Conservatory-educated Russian refugee, Olga Koldobskiy, teaches piano and gives concerts in Columbia.

No. 13 Missouri softball defeats No. 6 Alabama in emotion-packed series opener

The Tigers beat the Crimson Tide 8-6 to keep their hopes of a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season title alive.

Columbia College professor makes record-breaking donation to school

Criminal justice professor Barry Langford donated $111,000 to buy classroom technology, support scholarships and fund an award.

Glynn Thacker says airbrush painting is ticket to his sobriety

The Columbia resident has moved from troubled adolescent to member of an itinerant band to aimless hitchhiker, alcoholic, car thief and inmate. Now, he has a job the pays the bills, and he keeps busy by painting.

Missouri baseball's Case Munson gives Tigers model for success against Vanderbilt's Tyler Beede

Munson is one of the few Missouri hitters to know success against dominant Vanderbilt right-hander Tyler Beede, whom the Tigers face on Friday. 

Missouri baseball's Eric Anderson held out with elbow injury

Tigers coach Tim Jamieson said Anderson's ulnar nerve in his right elbow has become irritated. The senior started last Saturday against Florida and threw 3 1/3 innings before exiting due to the injury. 

New service learning program to send MU students across Missouri

Starting this fall, MU Extension and the Center for Leadership and Service will offer students the opportunity to serve on weekend projects throughout the state.

Kim Anderson retains Bryan Tibaldi; Brad Loos also expected

In addition to associate head coach Tim Fuller returning on Wednesday, Missouri men's basketball announced Thursday that Byan Tibaldi will keep his role as the Tigers' director of basketball operations.

UPDATE: 55 schools face U.S. federal sexual assault investigation

The department's release of the list is unprecedented and comes as the Obama administration seeks to shed greater light on the issue of sexual assault in higher education and how it is being handled.

Cougars win one, lose one in AMC tournament

Columbia College split a pair of games to stay alive in the American Midwest Conference's postseason tournament Thursday.

Missouri governor vetoes income tax cut

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed an income tax cut Thursday for millions of Missouri residents and business owners, warning that the priority measure of the Republican-led Legislature could devastate funding for public schools and services.


Milo 'Rusty' Spurgeon, April 19, 1926 — April 29, 2014

Milo J. Spurgeon died April 29, 2014. He was 88.

Columbia man shot in Fulton in fair condition

Daryl E. Umbles, 57, of Columbia, was in fair condition in a Columbia hospital Thursday afternoon.

FROM READERS: Heather Green takes on Law School while continuing to compete in track, field events

Heather Green sustained an injury to her foot that led her to sit out a season of her track and field career. She's back in action now, but she also is a full-time law student at MU.

Milo "Rusty" Spurgeon kept up an active lifestyle, anonymously donated to charity

Milo "Rusty" Spurgeon of Columbia died Tuesday, April 29, 2014. He was 88.

Tolton baseball beats Paris High School by run rule

Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School beat Paris High School 10-0 on Thursday evening.

Motel residents pack up as Providence Suites closes down

Nearly a month after a 16-year-old girl was found dead at Providence Suites, residents were forced to move out of their homes.

3rd murder suspect taken to jail

Darrius Kendal Edwards, one of three people charged in connection with a fatal April 22 shooting, was released from medical treatment around 7 p.m. Wednesday and taken to Boone County Jail.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Confusion, concern in the wake of the city's mess

First comes the parade, with the circus passing through town, clowns and all. Then comes the clean-up crew, scooping away the mess the elephants left behind.

Toronto avoids sweep with 7-3 win against Kansas City

Mark Buehrle pitched into the seventh inning, Juan Francisco and Colby Rasmus each went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Thursday night to avoid a series sweep.