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.

Police cancel firing range plans after hearing community concerns

The Columbia Police Department took neighbors' wishes into account in the planning stages of a multi-million training facility, Capt. Mike Martin said.

Five-hour standoff in Columbia ends peacefully, suspect arrested

COLUMBIA - A five-hour standoff Tuesday night between police and a man who allegedly hid a bomb in a fourplex house ended without incident after the man surrendered.

State senator switches parties but declines to announce bid for higher office

COLUMBIA — Sen. Chris Koster announced Wednesday that he was switching from the Republican to the Democratic Party, as he prepares for a likely run for attorney general.

Former head of public defender's office pleads guilty to marriage scam

ST. LOUIS - The former head of the state public defender's office in St. Louis has pleaded guilty to federal charges of arranging a sham marriage to keep his boyfriend in the U.S.

Teens charged with kidnapping pregnant woman, planning to cut baby from womb

KANSAS CITY - Two teenagers were charged Tuesday with kidnapping and assault after they allegedly kidnapped a pregnant woman and held her in a motel room until one of the suspects left the room and alerted police.

Few blockbusters, but plenty of movement at trading deadline

Royals unload Dotel, Cards acquire Piniero in baseball moves. Rangers trade away first baseman Teixeira, closer Gagne in separate deals.

Feast and famine, but Royals lose

Carlos Silva usually sleeps until 1 p.m. when he’s pitching later that night, but trade-deadline anxiety had him up four hours earlier to turn on the television for updates.

Veteran receiver, 34, looks after his body

Wide receiver Isaac Bruce, a second-round pick in 1994 before the team’s final season on the West Coast, heads into his 14th season coming off a very productive year.

Chiefs to pick QB: Croyle or Huard?

When it comes to developing front-line starting quarterbacks, the Kansas City Chiefs are 0-forever.

Cardinals slide past Pirates after Paulino drops two balls

The St. Louis Cardinals climbed back into the NL Central race by twice rallying from big deficits against Milwaukee last weekend. The Pittsburgh Pirates should have known better than to give them a second chance.