WEEK IN PHOTOS: Spartans celebrate District football title; first transgender NCAA athlete visits MU

This week Missourian photographers took pictures of a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the beginning of construction for a new elementary school, a Veterans Day ceremony at MU, and a talk by Kye Allums for Transgender Awareness Week.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Tigers adjust for Texas A&M; feds charge 27 in cocaine, prostitution conspiracies

The Tigers' adjustments for Texas A&M was the Missourian's most-read story this week. Other stories include the announcement that the Aggies' Kyle Allen would start in Saturday's game and a federal indictment involving conspiracies to distribute crack cocaine and promote prostitution in Boone County.

Sunday morning fire damages funeral chapel

It took an hour and six fire engines to combat the early morning fire at the Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel.

Even without her eyesight, Love INC.'s director continues to serve community

Jane Williams, executive director of Love INC., has adapted to blindness with determination and the help of others.

At 109, Columbia's Loren Reid reflects on long life

This is the story of 109-year-old Loren Reid, who has lived in Columbia since 1935 and taught at MU for 35 years. It is told through historical photographs, videos and short stories.

Columbia Interfaith Council disbands after more than 35 years

Members of the Columbia Interfaith Council say the needs the group was formed to meet are now being addressed elsewhere. The council will meet for the last time Sunday.


Columbia prepares for possible first snowfall of season

With snow expected throughout the day Saturday, crews have already started preparing primary roads and potential problem areas for the first snowfall.

Columbia organizations offer opportunities for year-end giving

Five local groups are among those encouraging donations this holiday season. 

VIDEO: Q&A with Loren Reid

Loren Reid shares more than a century of his advice, musing and recollections in this video Q&A.

UPDATED: 15 Columbia residents indicted on drug-trafficking, prostitution conspiracies

A federal grand jury issued a 56-count indictment involving cocaine and prostitution conspiracy charges. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies arrested a number of the defendants in a sweep Thursday.

Deer hunters slow to trade risks of lead ammunition for safer alternative

With studies finding lead fragments, some too small to see, in venison killed by hunters, researchers are trying to provide lessons in a safer alternative.

Researcher says U.S. in middle of continuum on infant mortality

Rick Majzun, the vice president of strategic operations and planning at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, visited Kenya and Sweden to see what other medical communities around the world are doing to reduce infant mortality and premature birth rates.

Handling abuse during pregnancy is complex problem for health professionals

Women in different health and social work professions across Missouri handle issues of abuse during pregnancy. Some shared stories and concerns, learned tips and strategies Thursday during a March of Dimes Perinatal Conference session.

U.S. Attorney's Office news release announces federal grand jury indictment

Cocaine, crack and prostitution conspiracy are among federal charges against 27 people, including 15 from Boone County.


Warming centers, shelters open for those in need

The warming centers' public areas such as lobbies, restrooms and drinking fountains are available during the buildings' normal business hours. Official shelters offer sleeping accommodations and might include meals.

City finalizing new rules for Uber, other app-based taxis

Drivers for Uber and similar companies would need permits to operate under a proposed ordinance that will be introduced to the Columbia City Council.

Mid-Missouri groups speak out against planned Leon Taylor execution

Taylor's execution, which would be the ninth in Missouri this year, is set for Wednesday Nov. 19.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Students craft cards for veterans

The group finished with between 80 and 90 signed cards last year, but members hope to exceed that number this year.

Battle High School celebrates district champions in pep rally

Battle High School's football team prepares to host Fort Zumwalt North on Friday. They won the Class 5, District 4 title when they defeated Camdenton last week.

First batch of projects for children in crisis approved by Boone County

The services will be funded by a quarter-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in the November 2012 elections.