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Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Vanderbilt K Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5

Nov. 28, 2020 2:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power Five conference football game when she kicked off to start the second half against Missouri on Saturday. Fuller kicked off the turf with a holder rather than using a tee, and she sent a low kick to the...

Missouri hunters take down fewer deer during firearm season

Nov. 26, 2020 5:13 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Fewer deer were killed in Missouri during the firearm portion of the hunting season. Hunters killed 176,604 deer during the 11-day season that ended Tuesday, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The opening weekend of the season, when the vast majority of deer are...

More Missouri counties require masks amid virus surge

Nov. 26, 2020 4:04 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More Missouri counties are adding mask orders as virus cases and hospitalizations surge. Among them is Jefferson County, which approved a mask order on Wednesday, the third county in the region to add coronavirus restrictions in recent days. The move followed a persistent — but so...

Missouri's Mitchell Smith, left, and Oral Roberts' RJ Glasper scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Smiths help Mizzou roll past Oral Roberts 91-64

Nov. 25, 2020 9:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Mark Smith scored 18 points, Xavier Pinson added 17 and Dru Smith 16 as Missouri cruised past Oral Roberts in a season opener 91-64 Wednesday night. Mark Smith and Dru Smith, who are not related and are among three Smiths on the team, shot a combined 12-of-19 for the Tigers. Mark Smith...

Missouri metros crack down on restaurant virus rule breakers

Nov. 25, 2020 3:28 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's two largest metropolitan areas are cracking down on restaurants that violate rules designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Kansas City’s liquor control authorities found two dozen bars and restaurants in violation of the city’s new COVID-19...

University of Missouri fraternity closes indefinitely

Nov. 21, 2020 4:27 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Another University of Missouri fraternity chapter has been closed indefinitely. Phillip Rodriguez, executive director of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation, said in an email that the decision to close the chapter stemmed from “a pattern of behavior that goes against the values of...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2020, file photo, Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson speaks in Lees Summit, Mo. Parson on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, extended Missouri's state of emergency through March as hospitals struggled to keep up with a rise in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

State of emergency extended as virus hits Missouri hospitals

Nov. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday extended Missouri's state of emergency through March as hospitals struggled to keep up with a rise in coronavirus cases. Although there are sufficient beds for patients, the hospitals don't have enough staff to treat the increasing number of...

University of Missouri receives $5 million estate gift

Nov. 17, 2020 3:44 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has received a $5 million estate gift, which will be divided equally between the School of Journalism and the Mizzou Botanic Garden. The donation comes from Pat and Sandy Hiatte, of New Bloomfield. Pat Hiatte graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism...

Missouri high court reviews new public union restrictions

Nov. 16, 2020 4:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Lawyers on Tuesday argued to the Missouri Supreme Court over whether new restrictions on public unions can take effect, including bans on picketing and strikes. At issue is a 2018 law requiring public unions to get annual permission to deduct dues from workers' paychecks and include...

Missouri lawmakers test positive for virus, delay work

Nov. 16, 2020 2:51 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican leaders in the Missouri Senate postponed work on coronavirus aid funding Monday after numerous senators and staffers tested positive for COVID-19. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz and Republican Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said they're delaying work until after...