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.

Levee break threatens Winfield

The Pin Oak levee has been showing signs of strain. It protects about 100 homes in Winfield.

President of Northwest Missouri State to retire in June 2009

Dean L. Hubbard is the school's longest-serving president.

Barley growers have stake in battle for Anheuser-Busch

The prospect of Anheuser-Busch being taken over by a brewing company with roots in Belgium and Brazil has made some Northern Plains barley growers uneasy.

Closed plant in Cameron to be checked for contaminants

The community is seeking answers to the cause behind an apparent outbreak in tumors among residents.

Attorney seeks to postpone MySpace-related trial until October

The judge in the Megan Meier case is expected to formally postpone the case in a week or so.

Mo. DNR seeks to join suit against EPA ozone rule

DNR Director Doyle Childers said Thursday that the EPA’s new ozone rule could hamper Missouri’s economy without actually lowering smog in the state.

Committee recommends that council establish citizen review board

The Columbia Citizen Oversight Committee voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend that City Council establish a citizen review board to oversee the process by which the Columbia Police Department handles complaints.

Diabetes doesn't deter dancer

Even though diabetes makes it difficult for her to dance at times, Eureka High School senior Danielle Scheetz refuses to give up her craft.

Lean on me: Friends help community activist raise money for new van

Kathleen Weinschenk, an active member of the community who has cerebral palsy, needs a newer wheelchair-accessible van.

UPDATE: Anheuser-Busch rejects InBev’s offer

Anheuser-Busch chief says plan to boost stock prices doesn’t include InBev.