Tigers dismiss Kalen Grimes

MU Basketball Coach Mike Anderson dismissed senior forward Kalen Grimes from his program today after he was charged with second degree felony assault stemming from an incident early Saturday morning in Florissant.

Missouri Capitol security discussed after Colorado shooting

It appeared to be business as usual at the Missouri Capitol today, the day after a shooting at the Capitol in Colorado.

Former owner of massage parlor pleads not guilty to prostitution charge

The former owner of a north Columbia massage parlor pleaded not guilty to a prostitution charge this morning in Boone County Circuit Court.

Columbia airport restaurant to close

Hungry fliers at Columbia Regional Airport will soon be forced to search the vending machine now that Tailwinds Restaurant has announced it will close.

Twilight Festival changes pump up businesses

Some downtown businesses are pleased with the results of changes to the Twilight Festival. Carrie Gartner, director of the Columbia Special Business District and the Central Columbia Association, said she thinks two of the most important changes for the festival were combining the two kids areas, Court House Square and Flat Branch Park, into one at Flat Branch Park and closing a section of Ninth Street between Broadway and Cherry Street.

St. Louis first Mo. city to let dogs in outdoor restaurants

On Friday, St. Louis became the first city in Missouri to take advantage of the new state law that allows a local option for doggie dining.

Art for the Park

The two fluid sculptures, titled “Marathoners” when paired, will rest in the center of Flat Branch Park Phase Two, between Locust and Elm streets. The sculptures will be on display before the park opens for the Roots ’n’ Blues Festival, Sept. 7-8. The varied finish is only temporary, said Larry Young, artist and creator of the piece.

In cranes, a symbol of hope

Scott Laws stepped tentatively across the fine, patchy grass, his eyes covered by childhood friend Paul Saab’s hands. What he saw were 1,000 rainbow-colored paper cranes that dangled between trees, garnished lawn chairs and dotted the yard’s landscaping.

Programs aid uninsured workers

Northland CARE/MetroCARE, connects patients with primary or specialty care physicians willing to treat them without compensation. It’s the latest attempt in a patchwork effort to address the need millions of low-income people have for access to medical care.

Federal funds to help extend main runway at airport

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., has secured $2.7 million in federal money for an extension of the airport’s main runway to accommodate future air cargo needs and larger aircraft.

Nixon warns about bogus check scam

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon sent out an alert Monday afternoon warning consumers to beware of what appear to be official state of Missouri checks.

Creation via collaboration

Working under an awning at Tenth Street and Broadway, Brooke Oz Burgee scooped out frosting-like globs of white, gold, copper, orange and yellow acrylic paint to begin her first piece on an intensely hot Monday afternoon.

Police warn robber might be dangerous

Columbia police released surveillance photos of a man they said pistol-whipped two north Columbia convenience store clerks during a robbery Sunday.

‘Not guilty’ plea in massage parlor case

The former owner of a north Columbia massage parlor pleaded not guilty to a prostitution charge Monday in Boone County Circuit Court.

$8.2 million raised for governor’s race

JEFFERSON CITY — Republican Gov. Matt Blunt has amassed more than twice as much cash as Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon as they build toward a likely showdown in the 2008 gubernatorial election.

Seven Wonders stir up debate

Roller rumble

Saturday was the first official bout of the Destruction Junction Derby Dames roller derby league. The Blarney Ban-Shees, donning green, orange and black skated against the Yo Ho Hos in blue and black.

Former MU track star, Olympian dies at 81

Dick Ault’s name is synonymous with success, and his accomplishments are well known. At Missouri, the track star won seven conference championships between 1946 and 1949. Ault earned a spot on the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team, and finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in London. He even held a world record, with a 52.2 second 440-meter hurdles in Oslo, Norway in 1952. He has been inducted into the Missouri Hall of Fame, the Westminster College Hall of Fame, and the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame.

MU’s Nicholls third in shot in El Salvador

Missouri junior shot-putter Shernelle Nicholls won a bronze medal Sunday at the inaugural North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Longball, rookie doom K.C.

BOSTON — Rookie Kason Gabbard pitched a three-hitter for Boston’s second shutout of the season as the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 with the help of three home runs Monday night.