Vet Center ballooning team shares 'Welcome Home' message

Flying at 2,500 feet above Columbia, Herb Heriford of Jefferson City uses the balloon's propane burner to increase his altitude during the Columbia Balloon Invitational on Friday.

The balloon that proclaimed “Welcome Home” at the Columbia Balloon Invitational on Saturday night is a story of seven pairs of hands.

Quail Drive residents say more police needed

"All (the police) would have to do is just sit and watch," said one of the residents who lived near where Thursday's fatal shooting took place. "The majority of people here is on something."

Obama introduces Biden as his running mate

He called the senator from Delaware a man "ready to step in and be president."

Transplants Games shows benefits for recipients

Columbia natives Eric Sherron and James Campbell won medals at the U.S. Transplant Games in Pittsburgh last month. Their kidney transplants have helped them achieve more than that.

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

This week, we ask you to weigh in on Mesaba Airlines, MU football security, the end of deer butchering at Jennings Premium Meats, a new school year and the increase of city recreational fees.

MU doctor’s sister wins water polo silver

The sister of the chief resident of the department of dermatology at MU competed in women’s water polo in the Beijing Games. The team won a silver medal Aug. 21, and the doctor’s sister plans to make a visit to Columbia soon to thank her supporters.

Volunteer efforts pay off for aquatic restoration project

Strong volunteer participation has helped Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project flourish since its inception last year. This success, in turn, has helped to save the city money and foster hands-on community education.

Man says woman assaulted him to get wife's medication

A Columbia woman was arrested after a man told Boone County deputies that she assaulted him when he went to her house to retrieve medicine he found missing from his home, a Sheriff’s Department news release said.

Karis Community Church settles into Missouri Theatre

This will be the first Sunday the church uses its new home inside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for services. The church previously used a ballroom in the Tiger Hotel for Sunday services.

McCaskill prepares for prime time speech

The pressure is on to perform because she has a particularly choice spot on the Democratic National Convention program. She's speaking Monday night right before headline speaker Michelle Obama.

Kansas City shelter could close without merger

The board of the Don Bosco Centers on Monday will consider the possible merger with Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter that served 600 women and children last year.

2 burglarize northeast Columbia home

The two broke into a home on Carol Drive early Saturday morning where a teenager and two children were sleeping.

Fuel tank breaks loose, ends up in Mississippi channel

The U.S. Coast Guard is warning barge operators about the old tank, which rests firmly against the river bottom and sticks 10 to 15 feet above the water near Cape Girardeau.