Prosperity lost: U.S. on way down

With the number of foreclosures and the cost of living steadily climbing, some working-class families are finding themselves moving back into their parents’ home or taking up residence with siblings. This is definitely not the lifestyle they had planned for themselves in the process of raising a family.

Blue Ridge commercial, office development OK’d

The proposal for a 19-acre commercial and office development, which is part of the Blue Ridge Center, was unanimously approved by the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Highway Patrol in force on Fourth

Last Independence Day, 12 people died in traffic accidents in Missouri, doubling the number from 2005. The Missouri State Highway Patrol hopes this year’s annual holiday traffic enforcement will help keep the number down.

Cards’ bats come alive; late tie becomes laugher

ST. LOUIS — As the All-Star break approaches, the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense showed some signs of life.

Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning and Scott Rolen had four RBIs in an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

U.S. soccer team still struggling

Looks as if the U.S. soccer team’s trip to Venezuela is going to be a short one. Four days after being routed by a superior Argentina squad in their Copa America opener, the Americans were humbled even further Monday night in a 3-1 loss to Paraguay that put them on the brink of elimination.

Columbia man, 71, known for embracing future of photography

As the family looked for pictures of Roger Berg for his visitation, they found it difficult. He was always the one taking the pictures. Jeff Berg, son of the longtime Columbia photographer, said there was no shortage of photographs of everyone else in the family. His father had seen to that.

Go ahead, put it on the fire

Local farmers say it’s OK to grill virtually any vegetable as it comes into season — eggplant, mushrooms, okra, tomatoes and even kale.

Bush commutes Libby's prison sentence

WASHINGTON — President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case today, stepping into a criminal case with heavy political overtones on grounds that the sentence was just too harsh.

Blunt reshapes Mo. Medicaid program, opponents nothing has changed

Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Monday reshaping Missouri’s Medicaid program.

Mo. homes destroyed by flooding as rivers burst banks

SPRINGFIELD — At least six homes were destroyed and three more evacuated due to flooding in western Missouri south of Kansas City, as rivers that drain from water-logged Kansas burst their banks, authorities said Monday.

Fruit crop lagging after spring freeze in Bootheel region

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Southeast Missouri farmers say this spring’s unusual cold snap has devastated the fruit crops that they would normally be taking to market this time of year.

Columbia photographer remembered for embracing the future

As the family looked for pictures of Roger Berg for his visitation, they found it difficult. He was always the one taking the pictures.

Reaching new heights

What appears to be a menacing medieval structure near Epple Field on the southwest edge of the MU campus is really a tool for personal growth and team building.

World is watching Blair, Brown

Tony Blair left office last week after serving 10 years as Britain’s prime minister. As he left office, he said, “I wish everyone, friend or foe, well, and that is that, the end.” Is it really the end? And what did Gordon Brown mean when he mentioned a new government with a new set of priorities?

BOONE LIFE: Celtic summer

Four students, each double the age of their 28-year-old instructor, Brian Hart, take their seats in a room inside the Unity Center and begin playing a song on tin whistles.

Reel art

Marilyn Monroe was inches away from King Kong, and Roger Rabbit was getting chummy with Darth Vader in the art room of Lee Elementary School on Sunday.

Redistricting after census might alter state’s power

It’s too early to know how congressional redistricting in 2011 will play out in Missouri, but political scientists and analysts said it could change the state’s clout in Congress and its power in choosing the president.

Checking up on power outages

JEFFERSON CITY — Every time your lights flicker, every time an electricity blip forces you to reset your alarm clock, some of Missouri’s utility regulators want to know.

Seminars aim to help meth-house children

KANSAS CITY — Missouri authorities say children who are exposed to methamphetamine face health risks and suffer neglect and abuse.

Columbia Billiards closes, blaming ban

The last hours that the building at 114 S. Ninth St. would be called Columbia Billiards were bittersweet. Feelings of nostalgia, rebelliousness, good times and companionship filled the air.