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Towboat sinks, leaks fuel into Missouri River

A crew of seven people was safe after a towboat sank on the Missouri River on Friday, but the vessel leaked diesel into the river near West Alton in St. Charles County.

Glenn Rush is honored for 20 years of service to Columbia Fire Department

There was far more laughing than crying at Division Chief Glenn Rush’s retirement reception Friday as co-workers, friends and family members gathered to honor Rush for his 20 years of service with the Columbia Fire Department.

Copyright quiz limits music file sharing at Rolla

The Rolla campus of the University of Missouri System is resorting to an old standby to reduce illegal music downloads by students: the pop quiz.

Study: Drug courts could reduce prison population

It would cost the United States $14 billion to create a national network of drug courts to steer criminals into addiction treatment rather than prison. But the investment could ultimately save the public $46 billion over the long run, according to a study released in St. Louis on Friday.

Miami beats Bethune-Cookman in NCAA baseball regional

Dave DiNatale scored three runs and had two hits as top-seed Miami defeated Bethune-Cookman 7-4 in the second game of the Coral Gables Regional on Friday night. The Hurricanes will play Missouri on Saturday at 4 p.m.

MU's DeMarre Carroll pulls out of NBA draft

He is the second MU player to pull his name from the draft. Junior forward Leo Lyons withdrew his name May 9.

Mo. minority drivers are stopped, searched at higher rate than whites

Black drivers are more likely to be stopped in Missouri than white and Hispanic motorists, and minorities are twice as likely to be searched and arrested than whites, according to a report released on Friday by the attorney general.

Mo. judge blocks $7 fee for driver’s license records

Cole County Judge Richard Callahan ruled that the increase from $1.25 violated the state Sunshine Law.

Citizen Oversight Committee sets date to vote on police review board

Members of Columbia’s Citizen Oversight Committee committed at their Thursday night meeting to vote up or down on the decision to institute a permanent Citizen Review Board for the Columbia Police Department. The vote will take place June 26.

Man accused of passing counterfeit money at garage sales

A Columbia man was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of making and using counterfeit money to purchase items at several garage sales.

Boonville loses state semifinal game

Webb City advanced to the Class 3 state title game with a 14-3 victory over Boonville in five innings.

Kind caregivers: How one family cared for grandma with dementia

Anne Gamboa was living in Florida when her family discovered her squalid living conditions. They made the decision to bring her back to Missouri, which required buying a new house and moving to Ashland.

Putting wind energy into perspective

After we ran an Associated Press story that identified bird deaths as one of the downsides of wind energy, one reader pointed out that wind turbines aren’t as detrimental to birds as many people think.

MU baseball team wins regional opener

The Missouri basebal team defeated Ole Miss 7-0 in its first game of NCAA regional play Friday at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Fla.

Express Scripts will pay Missouri $246,053

It's part of a $9.3 million payout to settle charges about the St. Louis company's drug switching program.

Expansion of Community Nursery School nears completion

Remodeling of the Community Nursery School at 1511 Hinkson Ave. will allow the school to hold more children and hire more staff. It is expected to be ready in August.

RAIN opens Waterbrook Place Apartments at Garth and Worley to help low-income clients

On Thursday, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network of Central Missouri opened its $1.2 million apartments. RAIN is central Missouri’s primary HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C counseling, housing and advisement center.

‘Art of it All’ carnival and circus to celebrate grand re-opening of Missouri Theatre

The event will take place on Ninth Street starting at 10 a.m.

Minister’s retirement turns into second career as writer

The Rev. Emmanuel Hatzidakis has published a book that explains the holiest of services in the Orthodox Christian Church.

How different churches break bread

For each Christian, the Eucharist, or the consuming of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, is highly significant. However, the physical act of taking communion and the form the “body and blood” take may differ among denominations. Some churches have developed a preference for the materials representing the body and blood of Christ. For each of three Columbia congregations, sharing communion is a sign of faith. And it is sometimes a matter of personal taste.

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