Chris Kelly announces bid for state rep position under Champion Burr Oak

Kelly gave an impassioned speech from the bed of a pickup truck to roughly 50 supporters under the Champion Burr Oak near McBaine, south of Columbia.

Barack-a-Que brings together Obama supporters

Obstacle course mirrors obstacles faced by firefighters

Groups of students participated in an obstacle course designed to test the strength and endurance of students who wanted to experience the obstacles faced by firefighters. The event was put on by the Columbia Fire Department, the Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Local 1055, Mizzou After Dark, the Missouri Students Association and the Graduate Professional Council.

Art festival draws bigger crowd than last year

The 16th Annual Festival of the Arts, featuring more than 40 live performances and 50 visual artist exhibitions, started Saturday.

Blunt, Nixon disagree about Attorney General's role

Twice in the last several months, Gov. Blunt's administration announced it had “terminated” Attorney General Jay Nixon from a high profile case, charging he had conflicts of interest. But Nixon's office says he cannot be removed from his legal responsibility to defend the state.

Children's health insurance program set to expire

With a federal health insurance program for low-income children set to expire today, legislators have been working to help states brace for the possibility that hundreds of thousands of children could lose health coverage if President Bush vetoes its reauthorization.

Winners of Boone County Art Show announced

The Columbia Art League and Boone County National Bank announced the winners of the 48th Annual Boone County Art Show on Friday night.

Phase one of new baseball complex on schedule for April completion

The first phase of the complex includes the construction of two baseball fields, one 400 feet deep and the other 300 feet; an irrigation lake; and a 140-space gravel parking lot.

Armed men flee robbery attempt empty-handed

Two men attempted to rob a convenience store clerk early Saturday morning, but left empty-handed, Columbia police said.

Seth MacFarlane delivers Family Guy-style laughs at Jesse Hall

The creator of the popular series performed at Jesse Hall on Friday night. His talk ranged from topics on his personal life to the popularity of Family Guy.

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Heartland Global Action to Prevent War takes positive steps for peace

The Columbia organization is one in a coalition of 21 around the world that advocates a three-step plan toward peace.

Members of the Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia lose weight to inspire teenagers

People form Shape Up Missouri team to lose weight and increase their exercise levels.