MU storm chasers seek twisters, often find disappointment

Peter Speck stands in the Weather Analysis and Visualization Lab in the MU Agricultural Building. Speck, a member of the Mizzou Storm Chase Team, has been chasing storms since 2011.

Part of the Mizzou Storm Chase Team, Peter Speck is aware of the absurdity of choosing to drive toward tornadoes, while most people drive away from them. But he does so in the name of academia.

MU learning garden inspires healthy choices in early childhood

A new garden added to the Children's Learning Garden is meant to teach children how to grow and harvest their own food.

UPDATE: Oprah, Michael Sam agree to documentary deal over lunch

The Oprah Winfrey Network says it plans to produce a documentary series following the life of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

Rock Bridge student recognized as 21st Presidential Scholar from Columbia

Jenny Yao is the 21st Columbia Public Schools student to be named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. She will travel to Washington, D.C., in June with her gifted education teacher, where she will meet state representatives and the president.

Traffic delays expected on U.S. 63 during MU's graduation weekend

Drivers heading north on U.S. 63 into Columbia this weekend should expect delays. MoDOT officials suggest drivers take the Grindstone exit to avoid congestion.

Columbia startup combines charity with online ticket sales

Competing against similar companies like EventBrite and StubHub, EveryTicketGives brings a charitable twist to online ticket selling.

Group of local entrepreneurs launches custom T-shirt company

After more than 13 years of professional design and marketing experience, Reid Lyle created Fast Yeti Tees, which specializes in custom T-shirts and embroidery.

Four Missouri volleyball and soccer games to be televised in 2014

The Missouri soccer and volleyball teams will be featured a total of 14 times on either the SEC Network or ESPNU in 2014.

Missouri governor dues paid from foster care budget

State financial figures show the Department of Social Services paid $390,600 in dues to the National Governors Association over the past three years. Some money also was paid from divisions overseeing the state Medicaid program, child support payments and food stamps.

James Hofmann, 74, was a homebuilder and farmer

A member of the Masonic Lodge and a Rotarian, James Hofmann worked as a homebuilder.

James Hofmann, Oct. 27, 1939 - May 10, 2014, of Columbia

James Hofmann, 74, of Columbia died May 10, 2014 at his home.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's box turtle season: Keep a lookout on roadways

Turtles are struck by cars throughout the warm months, but they are at special risk at this time of year, when they are moving around looking for mates and establishing home ranges.

Hit by pitch in 12th sends Cardinals over Cubs

Pinch-hitter Greg Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th inning, sending the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Tuesday night.

Canadiens beat Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 to advance

Pacioretty scored the winner, and Carey Price made 29 saves to give the Canadiens a spot in the conference finals against the New York Rangers. Game 1 will be in Montreal on Saturday, with the rest of the schedule to be announced.

FROM READERS: Skipping church brings on snapping turtle's wrath

A productive and uneventful day on the farm for Joe and Betty Dillard took on a new level of excitement when the couple witnessed a creature near their farm's pond.

Pistorius to be sent for psychiatric tests

Oscar Pistorius will undergo psychiatric evaluation after the judge ruled at his murder trial Wednesday that his state of mind when he killed his girlfriend should be assessed by experts, possibly delaying court proceedings for two months.

Heat rally past Nets to East finals, 96-94

Down by eight with less than five minutes left, after trailing for virtually the entire game, the Heat found a way nonetheless to finish off the Brooklyn Nets and move into the NBA's final four for the fourth straight season.

5 things to know about World Cup security

Social problems and rising prices that set off the protests a year ago still linger. Brazil will deploy hundreds of thousands of police, soldiers and security guards around the 12 venues and up and down its long border with 10 other South American countries.

KTGR, Mizzou Network to cover Missouri softball regional games

No. 15 seed Missouri's games at the Columbia Regional softball tournament will be broadcast on KTGR/1580 AM and streamed online.

Tax-limits champion honored at Missouri Capitol

Mel Hancock was inducted into the state Capitol's Hall of Famous Missourians on Wednesday. Hancock championed the amendment to limit state revenues and local taxes, which passed in 1980.