SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The widow of former men's basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour has established a scholarship fund in his honor at Missouri State University.
Spoonhour was head coach at the school in Springfield from 1983 to 1992 before moving to Saint Louis University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He died in February 2012.
His widow, Vicki Spoonhour, said she created the fund for the university's men's program because the school gave her husband his first Division I coaching job and the couple made many friends in Springfield. The Springfield News-Leader reports she declined to say how much she donated.
Spoonhour compiled a 197-81 record at Missouri State, which was then known as Southwest Missouri State, while leading the Bears to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Friends of a slain University of Missouri-Columbia student have raised more than $5,000 to help his family and create a scholarship fund.
The Columbia Missourian reports part of the money has gone to the family of 21-year-old Jarrett Mosby for immediate expenses. The rest will establish an ongoing college fund that will benefit Mosby's 6-year-old son, Jarrett Mosby Jr., and later help other African-American men attend college.
Mosby, of Collinsville, Ill., found shot to death Dec. 23 in a car in the village of Madison, Ill. He was five months from graduating as a business major and was in the area during the university's winter break to visit his son.
A 24-year-old suspect was taken into custody Monday and charged with first-degree murder.
Missouri's most prolific political financier has made more than $1 million in year-end donations to some of his favorite causes. Online state campaign finance reports show that retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield gave $750,000 to Teachgreat.org, $245,000 to Grow Missouri and $25,000 to Missourians for Excellence in Government during the final weeks of December.
Teachgreat.org is backing a potential ballot initiative that would end tenure protections for public school teachers. Grow Missouri is backing a potential ballot initiative that would cut Missouri's income tax rates, and Missourians for Excellence in Government is a political action committee funding candidates like St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
Online records show Sinquefield made about $3.6 million in Missouri political contributions in 2013.