Kennedy, Michelle Obama headline opening night of Democratic National Convention

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., waves to the crowd from the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Monday.

Democrats opened their four-day convention in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains as polls underscored the closeness of the race with Republican John McCain.

Season-opening Tiger Talk draws crowd of listeners

Gary Pinkel held his first Tiger Talk on Monday, giving fans an opportunity to quiz him on the upcoming season.

Amended lawsuit renewed in Blunt e-mail case

 A bipartisan pair of prominent attorneys renewed a lawsuit Monday seeking e-mails from Gov. Matt Blunt’s office while asserting it has violated Missouri’s open-records law.

Judge extends closure of Warren Funeral Chapel's locations

Both of Warren Funeral Chapel’s businesses will remain closed indefinitely while the owners, Harold Warren Sr. and Harold Warren Jr., and the state try to resolve a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.

Commission to work with resident on veterans trailer park plan

The Boone County Commission has pledged to help David Sallee develop a workable plan for the trailer park he hopes to establish for veterans who are homeless or have disabilities.

Construction for new elementary school on schedule despite rain delays

While heavy rain has temporarily hampered construction of the new elementary school at Waco and Brown Station roads, Jack Jensen, assistant superintendent of elementary education, said it hasn’t put a long-term delay on the project’s scheduled opening in fall 2009.

Council members to host forum to discuss territorial agreement for fire departments

Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser and Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade will host a forum Tuesday on the city’s territorial agreement with the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Big 12 coaches eye new season

Texas coach detailed some uniques ideas for improving the way college football rankings are determined Monday in the Big 12 coaches teleconference.

Columbia man pleads guilty to charges of distributing anabolic steroids

A Columbia man pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges Monday. The charges were the result of Operation Raw Deal, the largest black market steroid investigation in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri.

MU first-day enrollment breaks several records

The first day of classes at MU broke a variety of enrollment records this fall, including those for both freshman enrollment and total enrollment.

Sales of gold Mizzou shirts increase as Gold Rush approaches

The sales of gold T-shirts in Columbia have spiked in the weeks leading up to the first football game, with the MU Athletic Department encouraging fans to wear gold to all football games this season, except for the Blackout game Nov 8.

MU Health Care names chief medical officer

University of Missouri Health Care announced the appointment of Les Hall as the system’s chief medical officer and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at MU’s School of Medicine, a news release stated.

Letter: Life experience leads to vote for Obama

One Columbia voter grew up in a conservative household, but his belief in freedom, equality and humanity led to support for Obama.

New trends leading to conformity, changing view of “fun”

A lack of diversity is closing the minds of society.

Letter: Leaders should recognize imperfections, show understanding

Perhaps we need a president who knows the difference between a boss who “goes by the book,” and one who realizes that some unintended circumstances may arise.

Maclin ready to headline big stage

A year ago, Jeremy Maclin entered a matchup with Illinois in St. Louis as a relative unknown. This season, he enters with a bulls-eye firmly planted on the 9 on the front of his jersey.

Twilight Festival ending after 19 years

Despite attendance numbers soaring to 11,000 people per night and a proven record of economic success, the Twilight Festival will be discontinued following the final event this September.

Attorney requests lower bond in Sanders case

Daniel Sanders, the teen found with his mother’s body in the trunk of the car he was driving, appeared in Boone County Court on Monday with a renewed request from his defense attorney to lower his $250,000 bond.

UM System honors MU’s business school dean

For the third time in four years, the University of Missouri System will honor an MU administrator with an academic leadership award.

Hundreds line up for Tiger’s Lair registration

Hundreds of MU students stood in line at Brady Commons on Monday, not to attend their first class, but to secure spots in the Tiger’s Lair, the official student cheering section of the Missouri Tigers.