Undefeated Rock Bridge relaxed for semifinals

Rock Bridge players began wandering onto Bethel Park’s tennis courts well before their last practice before today’s state semifinal match against Rockhurst.

Cards pitchers a big hit

SAN FRANCISCO — Three Cardinals pitchers fell a single short of the cycle.

MU coach must leave UAB slogan to Blazers

First came “40 Minutes of Hell.” Then “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball.” Now it’s cease and desist.

Royals’ losing streak hits 12

KANSAS CITY — Detroit manager Jim Leyland gave his own version of a commencement speech to Jeremy Bonderman on Wednesday night.

First ped-grant projects proposed

Nearly a year after Columbia was selected as one of four cities to receive a $22 million federal grant for projects that promote bicycling and walking, the city has a plan on how to spend a chunk of the money this year.

Blunt takes time to visit U.S. troops

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt is visiting Iraq and Afghanistan this week, meeting with Missouri troops to show appreciation and watching as Iraqi security forces train to manage their own country.

‘President Truman’ to make a visit to Maryland

Given that he died in 1972, President Harry Truman looks pretty good.

Commission urges changes to save bases

JEFFERSON CITY — A report from a state military commission calls for changes to the education system to help Missouri become a “military friendly state.”

Officials bring light to Olympics

Columbia-area law enforcement officers ran through a shower of rain and hail to take a torch to the opening ceremonies of the 35th annual Missouri Special Olympics Wednesday afternoon, and it would have taken more than bad weather to stop them.

Water Day makes a splash

With two days remaining until summer vacation, students at Stephens College Children’s School celebrated a year of working hard by playing hard: Wednesday was their second annual Water Day “where the school comes together to have fun,” teacher Rachel Johnson said.

Doctor questions story behind boy’s burns

The doctor who performed surgery on a severely burned 6-year-old last June testified in the 13th Circuit Court on Wednesday that the boy’s injuries were so severe that they seemed to have been caused by an alkaline chemical — like drain or oven cleaner — and not a scalding shower like his mother and father are charged with placing him in as punishment.

Missourian who died in World War II crash buried

WARRENSBURG — A Missourian killed with eight other Americans when their plane crashed in New Guinea during World War II has been laid to rest in his native state more than 60 years later.

City plans tweaks for MKT Trail tunnel

City officials think the new MKT Trail tunnel under Stewart and Providence roads will be so convenient that they want to provide more access to it.

Uplifting athleticism

In many ways, Larry Stephens has been preparing for this week’s Special Olympics in Columbia his entire life.

Jefferson City to have a say in airline selection

Jefferson City will have just as much input as Columbia when it comes to recommending the right airline carrier for Columbia Regional Airport.

Grocers said to be interested in Range Line land

The developer who owns the land at Range Line Street and Smiley Lane that once was targeted for a Moser’s grocery store is now talking with two other interested chains interested in bringing a store to the property. A contract with one is near, he said.

Pujols still on HR roll

SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds spent a third day stuck at 714 and watched Albert Pujols hit his 23rd homer of the season.

Royals lose 11th straight, again

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Curtis Granderson’s double keyed a four-run eighth inning Tuesday night and lifted Detroit past Kansas City 8-5, the Royals’ 11th straight loss.

Shooters gather in Hallsville

For Helen Jeavons, the sport of Action Pistol Shooting is not about winning and losing. It’s about how she shoots her highly specialized, Italian-made Tanfoglio 9mm semiautomatic pistol.

Boone Hospital opening new center

Patients who once had to trek to different parts of Boone Hospital Center for minor procedures, such as lab tests and mammograms, can find them in a new wing.