Columbia rallies behind its Little Leaguers

For years Columbia has followed college football and basketball. This weekend, however, the city will be watching 11 boys play baseball at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Brother’s jail stint hurts MU’s Smith

COLUMBIA — Jamar Smith spent much of the spring and summer angry, often taking out that anger on his Missouri teammates. Now they know why.

The gift of extra time

Tyra Chatman, 20, is living on temporary assistance from the government but wants a job in a factory to bring in more money for her family, 1-year-old son Da’vion and 5-month-old daughter Ti’aisha. But before she can join the production line, she says she needs someone to look after her children.

Tigers back to serious business

The Missouri football team got back to more serious work Wednesday morning at Faurot Field after a fun “NFL practice” on Tuesday afternoon at Kadlec Athletic Field.

MU deters pigeons with treated corn

Julie Aber was at work at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Tuesday when she got a call that a pigeon had just fallen from the sky in mid-flight. It lay dead and bloated downtown on Cherry Street, the caller said.

University chiefs unite in appeal for funds

SPRINGFIELD — In a show of institutional unity that would have been unthinkable a few years ago, University of Missouri President Elson Floyd and Missouri State University President Michael T. Nietzel made a joint appearance Wednesday to urge continued state support for public higher education.

Report: More stone could crumble from rock bridge

More blocks of stone could fall at any time from the natural bridge at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources faces difficult decisions regarding one of its most famous landmarks.

Midwest meets East for a study of earthquakes

Almost 200 years ago, an earthquake rocked areas of southeastern Missouri along the New Madrid fault. The ground sank, lakes were formed and the Mississippi River changed course.

Weather expert: More rain is needed

JEFFERSON CITY — Much of Missouri will need one or two months of higher than average rainfall to escape from drought, a top scientist said Wednesday — and forecasters aren’t expecting that much rain anytime soon.

PedNet wins bike grant

The check is in the mail — Tim Blumenthal signed it Wednesday morning. Ten thousand dollars awarded to Columbia’s PedNet Coalition for its pilot “From Proficiency to Practice” bicycle safety educational program is on its way from the nationwide Bikes Belong Coalition, where Blumenthal is executive director.

MU credit union adds features

College students are notorious for spending more money than they have. A handful of new services at MU’s student-run credit union could be the solution to that problem.

City groups need volunteers’ help

The return of college students and the end of the vacation season signal the start of the busy season for volunteer offices.

Police charge woman in cancer scam

A woman Columbia Police say pretended to be dying of stomach cancer as a ruse for collecting money turned herself in Thursday morning.