QB questions abound in SEC with big stars gone

Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league.

Back-to-school shoppers to get weekend break from state sales tax

Columbia and Boone County governments opt out of the 'holiday' on state sales tax.


Yoruba cultural association to celebrate 15 years in mid-Missouri

Columbia's Yoruba cultural association will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this Saturday evening. The event will include drum music, a fashion show and a guest speaker from Nigeria.

Royals struggle to 3-2 win over Twins

Salvador Perez triggered a go-ahead rally with a double in the sixth inning and made several spectacular plays behind the plate, helping the Kansas City Royals to a scrappy 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Cardinals acquire Justin Masterson from Indians

The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals. The trade doesn't mean they're going to surrender the season.

Report: College sports shows dip in gender hiring

The 2013 report card released Wednesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport includes racial and gender personnel data at the NCAA headquarters as well as for university presidents, athletic directors, head football coaches, football coordinators and faculty athletic representatives at the 125 institutions in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

DAVID ROSMAN: Legislators' e-cigarettes votes expose influence of big business

In a time when Missouri residents are becoming more aware of the negative effects of tobacco products, the idea of the tobacco industry funding election campaigns will continue to add salt to a wound that is slowly festering.

Sens. McCaskill, Gillibrand seek to curb campus sexual assault

A bill would require campuses to designate advocates who would confidentially discuss available options with victims and to develop an agreement with local law enforcement over how such cases are handled. It would also increase penalties for universities that did not comply.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: So many good reasons to reject the transportation sales tax

The measure would enact a sales tax to help fund state and local highways, roads, bridges and transportation projects for 10 years.

Health department provides free vaccinations

Free vaccines will be administered on Saturday morning at the health department clinic at 1005 W. Worley St.

Two arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault

A man was robbed of his PlayStation 3 and beaten by a group of people when he tried to get it back, Detective Tom O'Sullivan said. Two Columbia teens were arrested in connection to the incident.

Q&A: MU scientists find that plants respond to sounds

MU biologists Heidi Appel and Rex Cocroft talk about their findings that plants not only can respond to sound but also can differentiate among sounds and mount chemical defenses to those that are harmful, such as a caterpillar chewing.

DEAR READER: 'Word Crimes' creates complicated discussion of language

While comedian Weird Al's 'Blurred Lines' parody sparked a rewarding conversation about grammar, some take issue with statements made in the song.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to ensure quality medical care for all

Today, Medicare and Medicaid are arguably our country’s single most important anti-poverty initiatives.

William Karl Attebery loved his faith, family

William Karl Attebery served as a lay minister at Campus Lutheran Church and dedicated a lot of his time reading books about his faith, his son said. He died Monday.


UPDATE: Woman released from hospital after Tuesday house fire

Damage to the house at 909 Park Ave. was estimated to be $80,000, according to the Columbia Fire Department.

William Karl Attebery, Dec. 23, 1936 — July 28, 2014, of Fulton

William Karl Attebery Jr. of Fulton died Monday. He was 77.

FROM READERS: FRIPS provides springboard for researchers

The Freshman Research in Plant Sciences program at MU exposes new college students to plant biology research.

UCLA's Pauley Pavilion drenched in hoops history

The court was inundated by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst.

Chiefs' Murray says bro, 'Bachelorette' very happy

Chiefs rookie Aaron Murray was tied up in meetings Monday night, at the same time millions of people were tuning into ABC to see whether his brother would be popping the question.