Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption

Downtown pedicab business benefits from Columbia's nightlife

ZOU Cabs, a bicycle taxi service started by an MU finance student, began transporting customers in mid-June. The business' now six bikers look forward to continuing their late-night pedaling into the fall, when its founder thinks demand will switch to a higher gear.

Young Hickman football team focused on rebuilding

Senior quarterback Carter Nicoli will step into the leading role for the first time. In order to prepare him for quarterback, the team throws multiple defensive looks at him. He also watches game films, trains with new quarterbacks coach Bo Abbott, and works on building chemistry with wide receivers and running backs.

Ferguson police chief cedes much of his authority

Thomas Jackson's leadership has drawn wide criticism, both for the aggressive police response to the protesters and for his agency's erratic and infrequent releases of key information.

Officer's name begins to lift weeklong mystery

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson provided the name and said Darren Wilson had not been the focus of any public complaints. He declined to offer many details about Wilson's life or career but commended his police record and his demeanor.

Missouri football scrimmage No. 2: What to watch

At the end of the Tigers' second week of fall practice, we take a look at some intriguing storylines heading into the second major scrimmage Saturday morning.

Teresa Davis, radio personality, dies of kidney cancer

Teresa Davis, a member of the Clear 99 radio team for 24 years, died Thursday night of kidney cancer. She was 60 years old.

Tickets available to see primatologist Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Mizzou Arena. Tickets are now available.

New medical isotope producer to help increase supply of element needed to fight life-threatening disease

The United States is about to run extremely low on Molybdenum-99, which is used in about 50,000 medical procedures a day. Northwest Medical Isotopes announced in May that it intends to create a reliable supply of the radioactive material by building a $50 million radioisotope production facility in Columbia.

With dream job, Missouri coach A.J. Ricker looks to seize moment

A.J. Ricker stayed devoted to Missouri's football in its "rough years" as a consistent member of the offensive line. Now, having secured a long-desired coaching job during the team's high time, he wants to help continue building the program.

Auto thefts at high rate for the past month

Drivers are encouraged to lock their cars and take valuables with them.

FROM READERS: "Would you like a zucchini?" is question of the season

As many gardeners know, zucchini are more than plentiful this time of year. Missourian reader Joe Dillard shares some advice about what to do with the surplus fruit.

Ernest Thomas Smerdon, Jan. 1, 1930 — Aug. 11, 2014

Ernest Thomas Smerdon was born Jan. 19, 1930. He died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. He was 84.

Ernest Thomas Smerdon devoted life to education, global environmental issues

Ernest Thomas Smerdon was born Jan. 19, 1930. He died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. He was 84.

Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

A spokesman for the Defense Logistics Agency, the government's combat logistics support agency, said the Ferguson Police Department has been part of the surplus equipment program.

Execution drug cost quadruples for Texas prisons

The extra cost — a minuscule part of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's $3 billion annual budget — comes after the state's previous supplier refused to provide more of the powerful sedative last year, claiming it had become a target of execution opponents.

Rallies honor people who died at hands of police

In New York, thousands of people peacefully gathered in Manhattan's Times Square and Union Square, invoking the rallying cries "hands up, don't shoot" and "I can't breathe," alluding to the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was placed in an officer's chokehold.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson has a new sheriff in town, and it's about time

Now that the conflict in Ferguson is calming down, questions of how things got so bad need to be answered.

UDPATE: Police identify officer, allege teen robbed store

Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting and stopped Michael Brown and a companion "because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic."

American Royal wants Kemper Arena torn down

A competing proposal from developer Steve Foutch would reconfigure the 40-year-old, 18,000-seat Kemper in western Kansas City to be used mostly for youth sports.