Residents want more information about trail from Grasslands to Garth

The trail was proposed by GetAbout Columbia to encourage people to use non-motorized methods of transportation.

Obama to visit Independence on Monday

He is scheduled to visit the Truman Memorial Building.

Well-wishers pack council chambers for police Chief Boehm’s sendoff

With Acting Chief Tom Dresner serving as emcee for the cake and punch reception, a parade of friends showered Boehm with gifts and plaques.

Democratic candidates for assessor find plenty to disagree about

Speaking at Friday's Muleskinners luncheon, incumbent Tom Schauwecker and challenger Barbara Bishop addressed the most prominent campaign issues, including public disclosure of home sale prices and the use of vehicle identification numbers for vehicle assessment.

21 people take part in free HIV testing

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department set up a booth on Garth Avenue on Friday — National HIV Testing Day — as part of its outreach to the African-American community.

Hindman receives climate protection award

The award, presented by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, was given primarily for the city's biogas energy plant.

McDonald's on MU's Lowry Mall to remain open

The lease, which was to expire Monday, will be extended three years. An MU spokesman cited the university's record enrollment for the fall and the temporary closure of the Brady Food Court as reasons for the extension.

Federal aid not quickly reaching Midwest farmers hurt by flooding

The U.S. agriculture secretary says he is concerned that legal hurdles prevented much immediate federal help for Midwest farmers faced with serious setbacks because of flooding.

Execution date set for convicted murderer

John Middleton, convicted of killing three people to hide his methamphetamine operation, will be put to death July 30.

Winfield battles on against the Mississippi

Hours after the Pin Oak levee broke, workers had built a 4-foot-tall sandbag levee to protect the 100 homes in harm's way.

Voluntary evacuation of Canton lifted

But officials are urging residents to use discretion in making their plans to return.

New state budget includes spending increases

Missouri's finances have fared better than some other states, so spending is greater than expected revenue growth.

Judge to make ruling on proposal that would repeal gambling limits

The ballot proposal would also cap the number of casinos in the state and raise their taxes slightly. Opponents are trying to get the proposal stricken from the ballot because of potentially confusing language.

Anheuser-Busch releases proposal to make its shares more valuable

The plan is in response to the InBev proposal that Anheuser-Busch officials thought undervalued the company.

Searching for a past

Millions of people research their genealogies each year. But some black families face obstacles, such as changed names and hard-to-access records, as they trace their roots.

Five Ideas: What are your thoughts on these items in the news this week

This week, we ask readers to share their thoughts on red-light cameras; neighborhood residents joining talks with developers; the new Street Crimes Unit; the latest Supreme Court rulings; and what they want from the media.

MU musicologist continues to be inspired by the Czech capital

Judith Mabary’s impression of Prague, when she arrived there 15 years ago, was that it was gray.

“The people themselves were gray,” she said, recalling drab clothes and joyless faces. Even the city was covered in a black grit that cities collect from decades of burning coal and the exhaust of countless cars navigating streets designed for horse carriages.

Summer Survival Guide

Ready to enjoy the simple pleasures of summer? Let’s get started.

Father of dead 2-year-old arrested on parole violation

The father of a 2-year-old boy who died at University Hospital on Wednesday was arrested for a parole violation Thursday night in East St. Louis, Ill., Columbia police said. The boy's mother was arrested Wednesday.

St. Louis archbishop gets post at Vatican

Known as one of the most conservative bishops in the U.S., Raymond Burke was named to head the Vatican's supreme court.