24th District State House (Democrats)

Jim Ritter and Sid Sullivan, both of Columbia, are facing off in the Democratic primary for the 24th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Carnahan predicts low turnout for primaries

JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Robin Carnahan predicts that 26 percent of Missouri’s registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Second lawsuit seeks to halt state’s voter photo ID law

JEFFERSON CITY — Opponents of a new state law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification filed a second lawsuit Thursday, claiming it could discourage or prevent people from voting in November.

U.S. Senate

Who are the candidates running for the U.S Senate?

Associate Circuit Judge Division XI

Meet the candidates running for Associate Circuit Judge in Division XI

Reinvented & Breaking Out

Brendan Woodard didn’t have to change his look when he entered the 2006 Mid-Missouri Idol Competition. He still wears sunglasses indoors, styles his hair like Lenny Kravitz and, now, is more proud of his music than the music scale tattoo he sports on his left arm.

River racing

After stopping to rest for a few minutes before hopping back in her kayak, Katie Pfefferkorn spoke rapidly on her cell phone from Glasco on Thursday afternoon.

Next time, race’s hardships won’t be so overwhelming

Truth is, I shouldn’t be writing this now. My wife, Lisa, and I are supposed to be competing in the Missouri River 340, a 340-mile canoe-and-kayak trek across the entire state. Instead, I’m sitting here in my office wondering what went wrong.

Utley and Philles run away from slumping Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Chase Utley quickly dispensed with the suspense Thursday night, singling in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 35 games in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Royals’ shoddy defense leads to downfall

KANSAS CITY — Justin Morneau had two hits and three RBIs and Brad Radke allowed two runs over eight innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Extra Points

Missouri softball coach Ty Singleton, who has coached the Tigers for the past four seasons, was hired Thursday as head coach at New Mexico.

Farms feel impact of heat, drought

Although Wednesday’s thunderstorm system brought relief from the heat, it did little to alleviate the drought situation in Boone County.

Friendship Force forges world links

A trip abroad can often change one’s perspective of the world — just ask Marcia Walker.

Under currents

If the St. Louis power lines damaged by last month’s heavy storms had been underground and not overhead, more than 700,000 people would not have been left in the dark, said Dan Clark, Columbia’s supervising engineer.

Owner ordered to repay investors

When a retired professor made the decision to invest in a company run by his friend of 20 years, he had no reason to think it was illegitimate.

World of reality

An oversized pink-felt toilet. Toy blocks made for giants. A fake mirror the size of a door. Six shoes without their mates. The upstairs room at TRYPS, or Theater Reaching Young People and Schools, was so littered with past props and costumes that it was hard not to play with everything.

Art auction to benefit Children’s Hospital

Main Squeeze will be the place to bid on works of fine art Sunday night.

New director named for MU Life Sciences Center

Jack Schultz of Penn State University has been named director of the Life Sciences Center at MU. His job starts officially on Jan. 1, 2007.

Belliard big boost for Cards

ST. LOUIS — It appeared that Ronnie Belliard had a bit of the jitters in his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tigers terrific in summer league

Some Missouri soccer players spent their summer playing on two teams in the most competitive women’s soccer league in the U.S.