Students, families bask in accomplishments at MU commencement ceremonies

The 100-plus members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine who graduated Friday afternoon now join the ranks of more than 99,000 veterinarians nationwide and will use skills learned at MU to practice veterinary medicine on both small and large animals. These new veterinarians were the first of more than 5,300 MU students who will celebrate their graduation this weekend in ceremonies across campus.

More than 5,300 students will be graduating from MU this semester, many of whom will walk in the 17 commencement ceremonies that take place through Sunday.

Family tree: Alex Clark finishes strong after loss of her mother

After her mother's death in December, Missouri tennis player Alex Clark took some time to herself before returning to the courts for a strong finish.

Family of bicyclist killed on Interstate 70 files wrongful death lawsuit

Ennis Marquis Patrick's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the commercial driver who struck and killed him on Interstate 70 in October.

Veterinary school kicks off MU commencement weekend

MU will hold 17 graduation ceremonies this weekend, the first of which was the College of Veterinary Medicine's ceremony Friday.

Matthes: City will probably ask for property tax increase

The city manager delivered his annual State of the City report Friday morning, outlining Columbia's successes as well as areas where he thought the city could improve.

Missouri softball defeats Bradley, will face Kansas in next game

The Tigers battled with Bradley to win 6-5 in the first round of the Columbia Regional on Friday, which means they will face Kansas on Saturday.

Namon Wright commits to Missouri; Shane Rector announces transfer plans

Namon Wright, a top-100 recruit, recommitted to Missouri on Friday, while freshman Shane Rector announced his plans to transfer elsewhere.

5 fun facts about graduation traditions

Celebrated since the 12th century, commencement ceremonies are an important part of American culture.

Former Missouri track and cross country coach leads top-class coaching staff at Battle

Battle High School is a fledgling program, but its coaches have a depth of experience that can bring the Spartans to par with other programs quickly.

Hunter Kraus leads Missouri golf in second round of NCAA regional

Through the tournament's first two rounds, Hunter Kraus' 7-under 137 with two sub-70 rounds leads the 14-team field. His strong play has propelled the Tigers to third place despite entering as the No. 8 seed.


Police investigate armed robbery in southeast Columbia

Two armed men broke into a house on the 2200 block of High Oaks Court on Friday afternoon and demanded that the residents empty their pockets, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

GUEST COMMENTARY: As with much in America, commencement becomes a political issue

Until recently, commencement speeches were just part of the routine. Now, they're part of the partisan divide. Speakers across the spectrum are getting "uninvited."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon must veto 72-hour abortion bill

Gov. Jay Nixon, who has passed on a couple of previous opportunities to jump into the abortion wars, must do so now. He should veto the appalling bill finalized late Wednesday.

Two city buses collide at MU campus intersection

A passenger and a bus driver were treated for non-life-threatening injuries Friday after two city buses collided at College Avenue and Stadium Boulevard.

Any Questions: How many parks are there in Columbia?

Columbia's largest park is the Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area, also known as Cosmo Park. At 533 acres, it could contain the entire nation of Monaco in addition to several NFL stadiums.

FROM READERS: Paying tribute to a mom who was a fighter and an inspiration

Angela Barnes wrote this Mother's Day tribute to her mother, Janet Barnes, who was the longest living quadriplegic and died this past September.

What got passed: A scorecard for Missouri's 2014 legislature

Missouri lawmakers face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass legislation during their annual session. Here's a look at some of the bills that have passed.

State combats Chronic Wasting Disease at deer breeders' expense

The Missouri Department of Conservation approved regulation changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri for deer-breeding facilities and big game hunting preserves in order to prevent further infection of the state's white-tailed deer population.

Missouri lawmakers pass gun rights legislation

The legislation could allow teachers and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons after undergoing training.

Condemned man worried about execution

Russell Bucklew, who is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m., says he is scared that the lethal drug could cause him to suffer or be left alive but brain-dead.