Heart of America marathoners all set for today’s race

Dick Hessler, right, gives pointers on running Monday’s race to Eric Bunch, at Stephens Lake Park on Sunday. The Heart of America Marathon is held in mid-Missouri every Labor Day.

For the Heart of America Marathon, last year’s winner Chris Cook and a rookie to HOA have very different ways of preparing for the race but share a common passion.

Missouri's Bootheel towns hardest hit by drought

Southeast Missouri is in the grip of a severe to extreme drought, as scorching temperatures and no rain in August baked crops in the field, burned pastures and dried up cattle watering holes.

Inside a sobriety checkpoint

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department said sobriety checkpoints are rewarding because they remove unsafe drivers from Columbia’s roads. The department made five DWI arrests at a checkpoint Saturday.

BOONE LIFE: A father's love

When visiting his 16-month-old son, a young parent gets to see, for the first time, his child walk.

What's in a name? MU's identity crisis

Chancellor Brady Deaton, along with some officials and alumni, say the “dash Columbia” hurts the flagship campus and causes confusion for potential students and donors.

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DNR issues construction permit for hog farm near historic site

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Friday issued a construction permit for a hog feeding operation near the Arrow Rock State Historic Site in mid-Missouri.

Columbia man convicted of wire fraud, identity theft

A Columbia man was convicted of wire fraud and identity theft Friday for obtaining credit cards using identities he found by researching local obituaries, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office said.