School’s safety hinges on design

The site selected for Columbia’s third main high school is located nearly five miles from emergency services, and that distance has at least one Boone County commissioner worried.

Mo. to inspect 11 bridges with designs similar to collapsed Minnesota bridge

ST. LOUIS — Missouri officials have identified 11 bridges in the state highway system that will be inspected to confirm their safety. One of the bridges is a deck arch truss bridge, the same that collapsed in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Sprint Center still searching for pro team to lure to K.C.

Kansas City, Terry Nichols says, is ready once again for big-time hockey. As the general manager of a suburban ice-sport and fitness center that draws an estimated 300,000 people annually, many of them hockey players from around the world, Nichols feels uniquely qualified to cast this cowtown and its gleaming new downtown arena as a place where the National Hockey League can thrive.

Gordon boosts Kansas City in hard-to-play game

Ron Gardenhire drives over that bridge to work every day. “Obviously, a baseball game is kind of secondary around here,” said the Twins’ manager, who was on the Interstate 35W bridge near the Metrodome hours before the bridge collapsed Wednesday.

Rout ends Cards’ streak

Ronny Paulino quieted some loud booing with a grand slam during a five-run Pittsburgh first inning, and Tony Armas won as a starter for the first time in more than 10 months to carry the Pirates past St. Louis 15-1 Wednesday night.

Edwards gets everyone’s attention

A fan who yelled encouragement at a player for fighting got an earful from Kansas City coach Herm Edwards.

Rams’ draft pick off to strong start

If St. Louis rookie running back Brian Leonard ever needs a favor, he knows where to turn. While finishing a stellar college career at Rutgers University, Leonard became acquainted with actor James Gandolfini, a Rutgers graduate who attends three or four games a year.

Routes set for state cycling tour

One hundred twenty professional cyclists will come to the state in six weeks, and routes for the Tour of Missouri are now set.

Backing Away

Buddy Bell chose family over baseball on Wednesday, resigning as manager of the last-place Kansas City Royals effective at the end of the season.

Columbia police continue investigation into why suspect kept two explosive devices at home

After Tuesday night’s standoff in which two explosive devices were found in a southeast Columbia home, investigators wouldn’t say whether the man charged with possessing them ever planned to use them.

Reaching teens in need

The Rainbow House offers emergency shelter for the homeless, but outreach workers aim to extend care to teens in need of food and shelter for a longer time.

Other districts share thoughts on new high school decisions, city involvement

Representatives of several Missouri districts say they made decisions differently regarding new school locations than Columbia Public Schools officials.

Mo. senator leaves GOP, aligns with Democrats

Missouri state senator and likely attorney general candidate Chris Koster announced Wednesday morning that he is leaving the Republican Party and joining the Democrats.

Feedback upbeat for new fair features

Another fair has ended, and it has left Boone County Fairgrounds board members with a lot of positive feedback.

From one volunteer to another

Dorsey, a former MU student, recently published his first book, “Mistakes and Glories: The Journal of Daniel Dorsey,” an unedited look at his stint this summer as a volunteer teacher in Nairobi, Kenya.

MU freshman enrollment flat

MU officials are preparing to welcome a 2007 freshman class that will be about the same size as last fall’s, despite a more than 5 percent increase in admissions applications.