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Schools call off classes after winter storm coats roads

Jan. 24, 2020 8:39 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Schools are canceling classes and universities are starting late after a winter storm coated roads across part of the Midwest. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories across much of Missouri, along with smaller parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana...

Rainout shelters help Missouri farmers manage drought

Jan. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — In July 2002, a drought settled over Missouri that lasted 99 weeks and finally ended in May 2004. Eight years later during the week of Aug. 21, Missouri suffered the most intense drought in its history. The dry spell affected 35.72% of land in the state, according to the U.S. Drought...

Prosecutors oppose missing Chinese husband's change of venue

Jan. 23, 2020 3:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A prosecutor has filed a motion objecting to a request for change of venue in the child abuse trial of a Missouri man who authorities say is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife. In a motion filed Wednesday, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Knight said a defense attorney...

Missouri guard Xavier Pinson, bottom, dribbles around Texas A&M guard Savion Flagg, top, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Texas A&M tops Missouri 66-64 despite record free throws

Jan. 22, 2020 12:59 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — For a struggling Missouri men’s basketball team, even an NCAA record-breaking night wasn’t enough for a win. After sinking 31 straight free throws in its weekend loss to Alabama, the Tigers (9-9, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) continued their streak with 23 foul shots in a...

Missouri man suspected of firing shots in Walmart arrested

Jan. 18, 2020 3:38 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An 18-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after police say he fired shots inside a central Missouri Walmart. The shooting happened late Friday night after an employee confronted a man, later identified by police as Jamie Anton Jackson, who was in a restricted area of the store,...

University of Missouri ending ties with Confucius Institute

Jan. 15, 2020 6:00 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri will end a nine-year partnership with the Confucius Institute in August because of changing federal guidelines for the program, university officials announced Wednesday. The institute, which is mostly funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education, hosts...

Man sentenced for fatal shooting at Columbia Waffle House

Jan. 14, 2020 4:57 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man convicted of second-degree murder after a security guard fatally shot another man during a melee inside a Waffle House in Columbia has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Matthew McMillan, 31, was sentenced Monday for second-degree murder and three other charges filed after a...

Missing Chinese woman's spouse wants child abuse trial moved

Jan. 14, 2020 1:30 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who is a suspect in the disappearance of his Chinese wife wants to have his child abuse and endangerment trial moved because of extensive media coverage. Defense attorney John O'Connor said in a court filing Friday that the “substantial media buzz" could handicap...

Missouri educator dies in Thailand during student trip

Jan. 14, 2020 12:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri adjunct professor died in Thailand while on a winter break study program with about 15 students. Wayne McDaniel, 64, died Friday while in the Phi Phi islands, which are near the Malay peninsula. University spokesman Christian Basi said Monday the school is...

Missouri's Mark Smith celebrates a three point shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Hot-shooting Missouri routs Florida 91-75

Jan. 12, 2020 12:08 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has made scoring points look very hard this season. In Saturday’s 91-75 victory over Florida, the Tigers made it look easy. “When you start seeing the ball go in for everybody, it’s easy to get rolling,” said Dru Smith, who finished with 22 points,...