Columbia triathletes finish Ironman

Kimberly Mouser says she’s “taking a break” from the intense swimming, biking and running she’s been doing for months.

Rockers ready for Mid-State Championship

The Rockers-Cowan 16-and-under fast pitch girls’ softball team quickly put last week’s USSSA tournament win at Central Missouri State University behind them as they gear up for the USSSA Mid-State Championship this weekend at the Rainbow and Antimi Complexes in Cosmopolitan Park. The Rockers swept last week’s tournament winning seven straight games.

High flying

Kellin Hentoff is an accomplished juggler. His routine, which was one of three winners at the Annual Groundhog Day Juggling Festival in Atlanta earlier this year, is both impressive and whimsical. Hentoff plays the role of a “Kooky Cook” while juggling an array of kitchen items, including at one point, a potato, a ladel and a fork. Hentoff ends the routine juggling three large knives.

Tax break for K.C. stadiums approved

JEFFERSON CITY — A state board signed off on a plan Thursday to provide $50 million in tax breaks for renovations to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals stadiums.

Ideas given for I-70 trucks

ST. LOUIS — The head of Missouri’s transportation system favors separating large trucks from cars and other light vehicles on Interstate 70 between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Program to add ethanol fuel sites

ALTON, Ill. — Motorists seeking gasoline blended with ethanol will have one-third more sites to get the fuel in Missouri and Illinois under a program launched Thursday by Ford Motor Co. and the nation’s second-largest ethanol producer.

Negligence cited in I-70 crash

A Missouri truck driver’s negligence caused a crash on April 28 that killed two people and seriously injured a third, according to an analysis of the accident by the Columbia Police Department. A temporary work zone set up by the Missouri Department of Transportation also contributed to the four-vehicle crash, the report says.

Blunt asks for land to extend Katy

CLINTON — For 225 miles, the Katy Trail State Park winds past sweeping Missouri River bluffs, vast prairies and postcard-ready small towns. Then, abruptly, it ends here in an unceremonious thud.

Activists walk to promote liberal faith

On Easter Sunday, five men and two women began walking east from Phoenix. By the time they reach their destination, the nation’s capital, on Labor Day weekend, they hope to have sparked a dialogue that could change the public’s perception of what Christians stand for politically.

City unveils new sewer system plan

Last week the City Council heard details of a proposed $173 million overhaul to Columbia’s sewer system that could boost residential sewer rates by at least 6 percent each year when the plan takes effect.

Crossing the threshold

The Crossing Church started six years ago in the basement of a local home. As attendance increased, the congregation moved to a room in MU’s Memorial Union. For the past five years, a team of volunteers have been waking early every Sunday to transform the Rock Bridge High School auditorium into a makeshift church.

Hands-on learning at Girls State

At the primary election Wednesday night, Hickman High School junior Aly Monroe found out she didn’t make it to the general election for governor of Missouri Girls State.

Big decisions

The sun beat down on Francis Quadrangle on a hot and sultry Thursday afternoon as a tour group of visitors and prospective students left the air-conditioned comfort of Jesse Hall and was introduced to MU.

Parents key in fight against obesity, experts say

Health professionals need the help of parents to counter the obesity epidemic, a federal health official said yesterday at a statewide conference focused on battling the bulge.

Spilled dry-cleaning chemical cleaned up quickly

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a chemical spill Friday afternoon when a container carrying dry-cleaning products cracked open, leaking its contents onto the road at the corner of Eighth and Locust streets. The driver of a tractor trailer was making a delivery to Tiger Cleaners, located at 126 S. Eighth St.

Up, up & Away

Five multicolored hot air balloons competed for space Wednesday on the grass-clumped field before a line of about 35 children and teens. They stood in groups and commented on how the balloons looked pushing against one another and lifting into the air, one by one.

Execution ruling problematic

The Missouri Department of Corrections may have trouble following new guidelines spelled out in an appellate judge’s opinion on lethal injection in Missouri, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center said Wednesday.

Principals to get hand-held computers

Using a combination of hand-held computers known as personal digital assistants and wireless Internet, administrators in the Columbia Public School District will be better prepared to manage students and work to improve the teaching at their schools.

Driver, 16 children injured in bus accident

A bus driver and 16 children on a field trip to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park were injured Wednesday afternoon when their bus went off the road and into a ditch.

Forum to evaluate trailers

Thomas Jamieson-Lucy, decked out in the summer uniform of a baseball hat, T-shirt and shorts, talked about trailer classrooms with the same easygoing attitude that seemed to rule his summer afternoon.