UPDATE: Sex offender admits killing student from Mo.

A convicted sex offender told how he strangled a 20-year-old Clemson University student from Missouri, leaving her body in her off-campus apartment with her bikini top still wrapped around her neck.

Mo. obesity rate rises for third straight year

A report issued Tuesday says that Missouri's obesity rate is rising and without increased government funding and community involvement, there's a fat chance that trend will change anytime soon. A study by Trust for America's Health lists Missouri as the 13th most obese state in the nation, with 27.4 percent of its adult population obese and 63.3 percent either obese or overweight.

City seeks voter approval for $38.9 million water bond

Columbia’s water will flow faster and stronger after utility renovations that would be funded by a $38.9 million bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Mo. inmate’s death is ruled homicide

The Missouri Department of Corrections says the death of an inmate has been ruled a homicide. A 33-year-old inmate, Mike Simmons, died April 30 at the Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Bonne Terre.

Cascades park plans to be presented Tuesday night

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is holding a meeting Tuesday for residents of the Cascades subdivision and surrounding neighborhoods to discuss plans for a potential public park in the area. Representatives from the department will present two preliminary concept plans for the park and hear comments from those in attendance.

Blunt touts McCain as Obama RV tours Missouri

Gov. Matt Blunt contends Republican presidential candidate John McCain is a better match for rural Missourians than Democrat Barack Obama.

Teamsters say lenders are blocking plan to help Interstate Bakeries out of bankruptcy

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters says lenders are holding up a potential plan for helping Interstate Bakeries Corp. of Kansas City exit almost four years of bankruptcy protection, endangering thousands of jobs.

Teenagers charged with stealing cattle

Man sentenced to 15 years for burglarizing churches, setting fire to one

A St. Louis man is sentenced to 15 years in prison for burglarizing several churches and setting fire to one. The sentence was handed down Monday for 40-year-old Frank Allen Zdanowski. He had earlier pleaded guilty to 23 charges.

Former MU wrestler misses Olympic gold

MU alum Ben Askren was unable to earn a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

First Mesaba flights take off from Columbia

If the new service is to be a success, experts say it’s crucial that the flights are affordable.

Horse euthanasia discussed at forum

New shovel among details that emerge in Sanders hearing

Court documents show that when police pulled over MU student Daniel Sanders, 19, he had scratches on his arms and face, his dead mother was wrapped in a blanket in the trunk, a tire was lying on top of her body and a new shovel was lying next to her.

TEACHing love: Mother to share story of loss, transformation, acceptance

After her daughter’s suicide, Mary Lou Wallner examined her faith-based views of homosexuality. She will share her understanding on Friday at Missouri United Methodist Church.

Eager students get a sneak peek at school

Russell Boulevard Elementary was alive with the giggles and squeals of children who came back for a preview of the school year, which starts Thursday.

Array of classical musicians will perform at Missouri River Festival of the Arts

The festival’s artistic director will also play alongside St. Louis musician Erin Bode on Thursday.

Report fails to identify firms with workers on Medicaid

Missouri's social services agency was supposed to produce a list of employers who had a significant number of employees on Medicaid, but the agency said it couldn't name names.

Mo. fugitive caught in Tenn. on traffic charge

Israel Schwartz disappeared nine years ago when he was supposed to show up for sentencing for child abuse.

Committee chooses “My Columbia” for Festival of the Arts poster

Party conventions are a big yawn

From Aug. 25-28 and Sept. 1-4, find more intellectually rewarding pursuits, such as reading, napping, observing pennant races or just watching paint dry.