State fair contest serves up original food creations

Katie Allen, the 2007 Missouri State Fair Queen, competes in the Mystery Sack Contest on Monday.

Chris Nelson, a Boone County attorney and mother of two, was one of seven participants in the Missouri State Fair’s Mystery Sack Contest Monday.

One-third of Missouri districts fail federal academic goals

Nearly one-third of the state’s 524 school districts have not met federal education standards.

A case of extremes

Wind gusts up to 70 mph Sunday night left 7,500 customers of Columbia Power & Light without power, as workers repaired downed power lines through the night. By Monday afternoon, all but six customers had power again.

Three deaths in St. Louis blamed on sweltering heat

St. Louis officials on Monday blamed the deaths of three elderly residents on the heat wave that has settled over the region for two weeks, and Midwesterners braced for even hotter weather over the next few days.

Test scores may cost school district

The state has given a preliminary designation of “needing improvement” to the Columbia Public School District.

Rove’s reach extended into Missouri

Karl Rove’s well-known political tactics also reached Missouri, observers said Monday after he resigned the post of chief political adviser at the White House.

Driving the extra mile for a hot and greasy sandwich

The most popular item at the Deer Park store is the bacon sandwich, says store manager Lindsay McCall.

Rob Sherman stops on his way to work driving a Coring and Cutting truck and opts for the bacon and cheese sandwich on wheat. Every day. With an orange soda.

Jailed man charged in robberies

A Columbia man being held in a St. Louis-area jail on a charge of first-degree robbery was charged Monday in connection with the robbery of a Columbia hotel.

Collapse highlights infrastructure needs

Although most of my family lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and at least a couple of them, including my son, used the ill-fated, collapsed bridge across the Mississippi River on a daily basis, none of them were involved in the tragic incident.

Church shooting suspect charged with 3 murders

NEOSHO — Prosecutors on Monday filed three murder charges against a Micronesian man accused of opening fire inside of a church, killing three people and wounding five others during a worship service of a mostly Micronesian congregation.

Griffin leaves his mark on Mid-Missouri

Mid-Missouri residents recall that Merv Griffin changed the face of the American entertainment industry through not only his work, but also his grandiose personality.

Competition fuels defense in Tigers’ first scrimmage

For the first hour of Monday’s scrimmage, the Missouri football team’s defense struggled to stop the offense. Chase Daniel and Chase Patton consistently marched their respective units up the field, and the defense made mistakes that resulted in big gains.

Teahen homers as Kansas City beats Blue Jays

KANSAS CITY — Mark Teahen homered for the first time in more than two months and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of three Toronto Blue Jays errors to win 6-2 on Monday night.

Resurgent Redbirds feeling confident

ST. LOUIS — Not long ago, the Cardinals seemed to be a team that had wandered way off course. Scott Spiezio sought treatment for possible substance abuse last week, the third in a series of incidents making front page news. Reliever Josh Hancock was driving drunk on the last day of April when he died in an accident. Manager Tony La Russa was arrested for drunk driving in spring training.