CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students help couple clean out flooded home

Marty Swant

We’re pretty tired. Everyone’s a little sore from using crowbars and sledge hammers.

Blue Thunder Track Club sending seven athletes to national Junior Olympics

Seven children from the Blue Thunder Track Club of Columbia qualified to compete in the National Junior Olympics this month in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Hickman High School gains late-start Tuesdays

Classes will begin 30 minutes later to give teachers collaboration time.

2 Mississippi River locks reopen

Flooding had forced the Army Corps of Engineers to close them last month.

Jefferson Bible offers insights into Founding Father's beliefs

Making good on a promise to a friend to summarize his views on Christianity, Thomas Jefferson used a cut-and-paste technique to reassemble the excerpts of Scripture into what believed was a more coherent narrative.

Missouri data mirror national trend for HIV/AIDS diagnoses in some categories

The national report from the CDC suggests that prevention strategies should be strengthened to slow or stop the flow of HIV/among men who have sex with other men.

Grant program for Boone County accepting applications

The county’s Industrial Development Authority looks at how organizations’ proposals will create job growth and promote economic development.

Investigators re-open case of unidentified bones found near Oak Ridge

For more than 20 years, the bones have sat forgotten in a basement closet at Southeast Missouri State University. But now investigators hope new forensics technology can help put a name to the victim and tell more how he died.

One week later, improvement seen in flooded Winfield

Except in a few spots, the Mississippi is no longer overtopping the remnants of the levee as the water flows slowly back to its original river bed.

UPDATED AT 5 P.M.: Obama speaks on religious faith, societal change in St. Louis

Barack Obama’s main message was the government’s duty to address what he said are “moral problems” — such as war, poverty, joblessness, homelessness, violent streets and crumbling schools.

Dispute over fireworks led to shooting, arrest, deputies say

Deputies were told that 20-year-old Andre Lee of Columbia fired a handgun at a vehicle containing several children. No one was injured.

Obama says media response to Iraq remarks overblown

Talking to reporters as he was flying to Missouri from Montana, he said, "I am absolutely committed to ending the war."

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

This week, we ask you to weigh in on whether Missouri’s ethanol mandate should be repealed, if Columbia Police officers should carry Tasers, the closing of Athena and more.

King of Beers? Only in America

While patriotic Missourians groan at the prospect of an international takover of Anheuser Busch, InBev offers a more diverse and better-tasting selection.

'I Love America Festival' celebrates faith, family, freedom

The New Life Community Church held its second annual festival at the Boone County Fairgrounds, offering recreation, food and "patriotic family fun."