MU provost candidate to participate in public forum Thursday

Michele Wheatly, candidate for MU provost

Michele Wheatly was a provost at West Virginia University from 2009 to June 2014. A search committee selected her as a candidate to replace former provost Brian Foster, who retired in December 2013.

Ballenger brings rural character, business acumen to recorder's race

Almost half of Lisa Ballenger's life has been spent in the Boone County recorder of deeds' office working as deputy recorder. Now she's one of two candidates competing to replace her boss, who is retiring.

Dietzel's banking, performance background prepare her for recorder bid

Nora Dietzel is used to being the center of attention. Her singing allowed her to transition into theater, where she starred as the lead in several local plays. Now, Dietzel is the center of attention for a different reason: her campaign for Boone County Recorder of Deeds.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of setting fires downtown

Columbia police said that after Willis Stokes III was read his Miranda rights, he confessed to setting fire to bulletin boards and trash downtown.

Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run

Kansas City Royals players have shared a special bond with their friends on the way to their improbable World Series run.

UPDATE: MU student dies Sunday night

A vigil in remembrance of Chris Nicklow will be held at 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Sigma Pi fraternity house.


Unattended cooking cited as cause of Sunday fire

About 45 percent of residential fires that occurred in 2011 were caused from cooking, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Columbia Public Schools will seek public input on student achievement at World Cafe

Columbia residents interested in attending the World Cafe can reserve a spot until Wednesday morning by contacting the Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Department at 214-3960.

WHO: Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over

The WHO announcement came after 42 days passed — twice the disease's maximum incubation period — since the last case in Nigeria tested negative.

Kraus joins candidates getting Sinquefield cash

The Republican lawmaker from Lee's Summit is seeking to challenge Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander in the 2016 elections.

Expert says stinging caterpillars rare in Missouri

A large population of pus caterpillars in Florida this year has stung locals, leaving a swelling, burning wound.

Ferguson plans alternate Halloween celebration

Former Ferguson mayor Brian Fletcher, the group's chairman, said he was asked by parents to organize an activity that would replace trick-or-treating for families.

Rams fans, Ferguson protesters fight; 2 arrested

The scuffle broke out when fans argued with the protesters who had been yelling and chanting about the killing of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, by a white police officer.

Woman found dead in Cooper County likely killed herself

Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe said there was no evidence to suggest Donna McCart was murdered.

Predicting Missouri's winter weather like gazing into crystal ball

The insides of persimmon seeds, almanacs and professional meteorologists provide different forecasts for the coming winter.


THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Controversy surrounds Homecoming blood drive; Rock Bridge football's kicker becomes first female to score

Chick-fil-A is coming to Columbia, a power plant shuts down and Hickman High School celebrates the 100th anniversary of being the Kewpies were also among the week's most-read stories.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Rainbow fills sky over MU campus; Royals fans celebrate World Series return

This week Missourian photographers captured images of a rainbow at MU, one woman's keeping of the Halloween spirit, Royals fans celebrating the team's advance to the World Series and the search for a man who fell off of a bluff in Callaway County.

Donated land will provide new entrance to Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary

Visitors will soon have two entrances to choose from: one on Rollins Road and one on the south side of the West Lawn subdivision, where the park will be increased by five acres.

Property tax on November ballot would add 40 police officers, 15 firefighters

As sales tax collections become sluggish, the city is looking for a new strategy to increase its public safety forces.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Katy Trail Tram Tour gives the elderly a chance to see fall colors

A special tour of the Katy Trail on Tuesday and Wednesday gave nursing home and retirement facility residents a chance to enjoy the fall colors from the comfort of a tram coach.