McCaskill to speak at Democratic convention

Sen. Claire McCaskill has been a big supporter of Barack Obama. Michelle Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the featured first-night speakers.

Rain delays work on city sewer project

The project in the Old Southwest is planned to be finished in mid- to late September.

Columbia schools to name interim chief; Ritter likely choice

The school board will announce its choice for interim superintendent at 8:30 Wednesday morning. Jim Ritter was the only person to meet with board members in a closed session Tuesday night.

Mental health clinic for veterans to open in Branson

The clinic will open in September and serve 900 existing patients and 3,900 new patients.

Dress codes exist to discourage bad behavior

A grand opening in Kansas City caused controversy when organizers imposed a dress code, with some calling the dress code racist

Blunt appoints group to study foster care system

The 17-member group will look into the resources available for children in foster care as they approach their 18th birthdays.

Business finds niche among aspiring divers

In the Midwest, beaches are few and far between, but that didn’t stop Gordon Messinger, owner and manager of Columbia Scuba Inc. from pursuing his passion and setting up shop.

Letter: Best to keep Columbia's trails unpaved

Extending and connecting the trails, rather than covering them in concrete, is a solid alternative to GetAbout Columbia's plan.

MyZou reviews vary among students and faculty

The Web portal, introduced to students and faculty last year, was an improvement from the previous system but had problems including difficulty with bill paying and financial aid. 

MU researcher's goal: a sensor for a molecule

Assistant Professor Xudong Fan, aided by a National Science Foundation grant, is  trying to develop a type of sensor that could be used to detect a variety of substances in the tiniest amounts.

Church leaders ask Blunt to commute death sentence

Dennis Skillicorn is scheduled to be executed Aug. 27, but clergy members urged the governor to reduce his sentence to life in prison without parole.

UPDATE: More than 360 animals rescued in Polk County

Many of them were emaciated, injured and suffering from mange and parasites. Six children were removed from the property a week earlier.

St. Louis towing company raided

It's the company at the center of the scandal that led to the retirement of the police chief.

Apartment fire causes $500 in damage

The fire occured while the apartment occupant's mother was cooking pig's feet on the stove.

Special Olympics Missouri to boycott film

The staff plans to boycott the August 13th theatrical premiere of DreamWorks’ "Tropic Thunder" at the Hollywood Stadium 14 Theaters, citing its demeaning portrayal of people with intellectual disabilities.

With Coffman injured, replacement players take field

Tigers tight end Chase Coffman’s right pinkie was broken last week, but coach Gary Pinkel said he is expected to return in time for the Aug. 30 game against Illinois.

Missouri casino revenue up as economy struggles

 The latest figures from the Missouri Gaming Commission show that overall casino gambling revenue rose 7 percent in July to $146.9 million, up from $136.9 million in July 2007.

Culver-Stockton College remodels its academic year

The college in Canton has built in three-week windows in its fall and spring semesters to give students more opportunities for field trips, study abroad and internships.

Lunch prices at Columbia public schools to increase

School lunches in Columbia Public Schools will go up 25 cents this year because of rising food, fuel and equipment costs.

Town says no to cell phone ban

Town and Country had been the site of an accident in July that killed three people. There were reports that distraction from a cell phone had been a cause of the accident.