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Prep Football: Bracket breakdown for the state playoffs

The brackets are set for the Missouri high-school state playoffs, and Tom Rackers and Tony Hawley of the staff give you a game-by-game look at this week’s action in the News Tribune football podcast.

Girls Basketball: Blair Oaks M.S. splits

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons split a middle-school doubleheader Thursday against Hallsville.

Boys Basketball: Blair Oaks seventh grade upends Hallsville

The Blair Oaks seventh graders defeated Hallsville 40-27 Thursday night.

Women's Soccer: Weaver earns conference honors after Cougars win title

The Columbia College Cougars defeated Park University 5-0 to claim the American Midwest Conference Tournament title Thursday. Tiffany Weaver (Helias High School) scored her 16th goal of the season just under 15 minutes into the championship game to give her team an early advantage.

Our Opinion: Campus intolerance in national spotlight

Missouri again is vaulting into the national news for all the wrong reasons.

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Purple Heart recipient honored as football player at Westminster

U.S. Army veteran Bret Robertson, 25, a junior strong safety at Westminster College, Fulton, is the fourth recipient of Armed Forces Merit Award, presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

Rapier to enter Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Karen Rapier, a former Jefferson City Lady Jay basketball standout, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame later this year, it was announced Wednesday.

Lincoln to play softball at Duensing Field in 2016

The Lincoln University softball team will play their upcoming spring season at Duensing Field, school officials said Wednesday.

Lincoln University warns of possible scam

Lincoln University is warning of a possible scam involving phone calls about an alumni directory project.

Small business index steady

The National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) index of small-business optimism remained unchanged at 96.1 in October, according to survey results released Nov. 10.

Our Opinion: Honor military service on Veterans Day

Service deserves, at the very least, appreciation.

Work around Governor Office Building will cause parking restrictions

Thursday, AMF Electric will be conducting work on the Governor Office Building.

Girls Basketball: Lewis and Clark seventh grade

COLUMBIA — Lewis and Clark split a seventh-grade girls doubleheader with Lange Middle School on Tuesday.

Girls Basketball: Blair Oaks eighth grade

WARDSVILLE — The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons topped Columbia Catholic 37-14 in eighth-grade action Tuesday night.

Boys Basketball: Blair Oaks eighth grade

WARDSVILLE — The Blair Oaks eighth grade boys team defeated Columbia Catholic 40-39 on Tuesday.

MU investigating threats on social media

The University of Missouri says it is investigating threats made on social media and has increased security on campus.

Former Morgan Co. sheriff's secretary pleads to stealing charges

A former secretary for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office who was charged with felony theft from her place of employment last year has pled guilty to the charges against her and was placed on five years supervised probation.

Our Opinion: Resignation amid escalating frustrations

Although University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation was sudden, the circumstances that led to it were not.

Author will advise Helias students on choices

A youth development author will be a guest speaker at Helias Catholic High School Nov. 16 to explain how to make good choices and create personal legacies.

Women's Basketball: Volkart earns honor

COLUMBIA — William Woods’ Kennedy Volkart was named to the all-tournament team of last weekend’s Cougars vs. Cancer Classic hosted by Columbia College.

Women's Basketball: Cougars go 2-0 at Classic

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College Cougars went 2-0 in their season-opening appearance in the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic. COLUMBIA — The Columbia College Cougars went 2-0 in their season-opening appearance in the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic.

Women's Soccer: Cougars move to title game

COLUMBIA — The Columbia College Cougars advanced to the championship game of the American Midwest Conference Tournament by blasting Lindenwood-Belleville 6-0 in Monday night’s semifinal round.

Men's Basketball: Rockers named MVP

COLUMBIA — Zach Rockers of Columbia College was named the Most Valuable Player of the Cougar Classic for the second straight season after leading Columbia to a pair of season-opening victories.

Women's Basketball: Missouri wins exhibition

COLUMBIA — The Missouri women’s basketball team closed out its two-game exhibition season with another win Monday night, capturing a 97-54 victory against Quincy.

College Wrestling: Howard places third

WARRENSBURG — Lindenwood’s Corbin Howard placed third at 125 pounds in the University of Central Missouri Open held Sunday.

Haslag earns honor

Krista Haslag of Missouri S&T was recently named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District volleyball team.

College Wrestling: Loethen third at Open

WARRENSBURG — Central Missouri’s Ty Loethen finished third in the 174-pound weight class during the University of Central Missouri Open on Sunday.

Kiso named all-conference

Westminster’s Amanda Kiso earned third-team all-conference honors from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference when its volleyball awards were handed out Saturday.

Boys Basketball: Thomas Jefferson eighth grade drops two

The Thomas Jefferson eighth-grade teams dropped both halves of a home doubleheader with Lange Middle School to open the season Monday.

Boys Basketball: Lewis and Clark seventh grade sweeps

The Lewis and Clark seventh-grade boys teams posted a sweep of Smithton Middle School on Saturday.

Girls Basketball: Thomas Jefferson seventh grade sweeps

The Lewis and Clark seventh-grade girls basketball teams opened the season with a sweep of Smithton Middle School of Columbia on Saturday at home.

Girls Basketball: Thomas Jefferson eighth grade wins

The Thomas Jefferson eighth-grade girls basketball team won its season opener by a 33-7 margin Monday at Lange Middle School.

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Lincoln's Davis honored after setting Lincoln receiving record

Lincoln wide receiver Antwon Davis was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Cole County tax bills in the mail

Real estate and personal property tax bills have been mailed to property owners and residents of Cole County.

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Columbia man arrested in local shooting

Columbia resident Laquent Palmer was arrested for shooting a man in the face in the Westview Heights area just outside Jefferson City Saturday evening.

Our Opinion: Uniting tradition and imagination to meet goal

News Tribune editorial

A successful blend of tradition and imagination helped the United Way of Central Missouri exceed the goal of this year’s fundraising campaign.

Cross Country: Class 1-4 State Championship results

Here are results from Missouri's Class 1-4 state cross country championships on Saturday in Jefferson City.

Our Opinion: Incomplete action on harassment policy

News Tribune editorial

A Missouri House committee has fallen short of implementing a comprehensive policy to address sexual harassment issues.

Boys Soccer: Helias, Glendale to meet again in quarterfinal

They’ve had to wait a year, but the Helias Crusaders finally have a chance to get some revenge against the Glendale Falcons.

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Cross Country: Fatima girls to run for another state championship

The Fatima Lady Comets look to defend their Class 2 team title today at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

Men's Basketball: Double-double for Rockers

COLUMBIA — Zach Rockers opened the season with a double-double Friday night as Columbia College defeated Cumberland 78-53 in the Cougars vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic.

Women's Volleyball: Haslag sets Missouri S&T record

LEBANON, Ill. — Krista Haslag became the career-leader in kills at Missouri S&T during a loss Friday night to McKendree.

Our Opinion: Patriot Paws reaches out to military veterans

Rex is characterized as a fellow “soldier” by his owner, military veteran Michael Dubinski.

Prep Football: Breaking down Week 3 of football district play

It's championship week in district play and even though the number of area teams still alive has dwindled, the analysis of the News Tribune's Tom Rackers and Tony Hawley hasn't.

Boys Basketball: Blair Oaks 8th-graders top Southern Boone

The Blair Oaks eighth-grade boys team topped Southern Boone 39-31 on Thursday.

Girls Basketball: Lady Falcon 8th-graders fall

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons fell to Southern Boone 27-14 in an eighth-grade matchup Thursday. Shay Turner paced the Lady Falcons (0-1) with six points.

Girls Basketball: Blair Oaks 7th grade wins

The Blair Oaks seventh-grade girls defeated Southern Boone 32-16 in their season opener on Thursday.

Three injured in area crashes

Among area wrecks on Thursday: a Gravois Mills woman was hurt in Morgan County, a Rocky Mount man received serious injuries in Miller County, and a Henley woman was hurt in Jefferson City.

Our Opinion: Awaiting trash disposal options for Jefferson City

Will a preferable choice be among the available choices for future trash disposal?

Our Opinion: Abandon, or justify, quest to equalize county salaries

Once again, Cole County residents have witnessed the biennial hand-wringing session when county officials gather to set their own salaries.