Filipino-American July Fourth party grows and grows

What started out as a gathering of Eli and Lorna Perez's friends in Columbia now draws hundreds of people from central Missouri.

Missouri grad heads to Arena Football League playoffs

Craig Heimburger, a offensive lineman for the Cleveland Gladiators, has extended his professional football career by playing for the team.

Man arrested after 2-car accident on Paris Road

Ryan L. Barlow, 26, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, police said, when his car struck another vehicle from behind early Friday morning.

Mentally disabled women reportedly forced into prostitution to pay cousin's debt

The 18-year-old woman's sister rescued her Sunday, and two people were arrested and charged Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Missouri State Fair to offer recycling to fairgoers

After chowing down funnel cakes and cold drinks at the Missouri State Fair in August, people for the first time will be able to recycle some of their trash during the 11-day event.

Missing Osage Beach man found in Lake of the Ozarks

Twenty-two-year-old Bradley Burns was last seen around 2 a.m. Wednesday fishing with two friends.

Liberty Memorial flame to stay lit

A successful Save the Flame campaign will keep officials at the National World War I Museum from turning out the light atop the 217-foot tower.

A.M.E. Church delegates gather in St. Louis

More than 40,000 delegates, church leaders and visitors from around the world will meet for a convention of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest predominantly black denomination in North America.

Call from homicide suspect set up his arrest

As the manhunt for the ex-con suspected of bludgeoning eight people to death in Missuri and Illinois wound down, a disheveled Nicholas T. Sheley walked calmly into a Subway sandwich shop, asked to use the phone and called his lawyer — all but ensuring his capture.

Ex-special ed teacher convicted of sexual misconduct

The former suburban St. Louis teacher faces between two and 10 years in prison after being convicted of sexual misconduct with students.

Constitution Party to appear on Missouri ballots in November

The secretary of state's office said Thursday that the party has gathered enough petition signatures to qualify a slate of 18 candidates for the general election.

High court moves Blunt defamation suit back to Jackson County

The state Supreme Court ruled pretrial proceedings in a defamation lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt should be in Jackson County.

New law toughens rules for boating while intoxicated

The threshold for drunken boating on lakes and major rivers will be the same as for motorists as of Aug. 28.

H&R Block gave ousted CEO compensation valued at $5.2 million in '07

It was a 70 percent increase over 2006.

Teen burglary suspect arrested after stakeout in southern Columbia

Fifteen burglaries happened in the area between June 13 and July 3.

2 men charged in fire that burned northwest Missouri newspaper building

Police said the fire at the DeKalb County Record-Herald started when two men set off an explosion on the front porch of the building at about 1 a.m. Thursday, according to KMBC-TV in Kansas City.

Police still searching for suspects in May 7 armed robbery

The Columbia Police Department is still searching for two suspects in a May 7 armed robbery at 3100 Brown Station Road.

Behind the explosions of a firework show

Pyrotechnician Marty Gillette and others put in hours of work and planning for 21-minute displays.

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students from The Crossing go to help

In response to the massive damage from recent flooding in Iowa, a group of college students from The Crossing, including myself, organized a mission trip to Cedar Rapids from Thursday through Sunday to help with relief efforts. Some people in our group have family there, and others know no one. Yet, we all share the common desire to help people in desperate need.

Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission recommends names for new parks

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission has recommended “Gans Recreation Area” and “Philips Park” for the names of a new regional park planned for southeast Columbia.