Les Bourgeois plans to bring in record grape harvest

Head winemaker Cory Bomgaars, top, and winemaker Jake Holman process and add yeast to the day's batch of wine at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport. This year's tremendous crop has made 70-hour workweeks necessary to process all the grapes into wine.

A season of steady rain and improved viticulture practices produced a record crop for Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards, which expects to boast a 170-ton harvest of wine grapes this season. That harvest would trump the old record by 62 tons.

LETTER: Abortion shouldn't determine vote for president

Pro-lifers should consider other issues before feeling compelled to vote Republican.

ANALYSIS: Columbia Public School District's new math curriculum

The Columbia Public School District is planning its new math curriculum for next year. Here's a rundown of the curriculum that may be in place next school year.

MU to cut back on tailgaters' time at Reactor Field

Reactor Field will not be open to tailgating until 2:30 p.m. Saturday because of recent "inappropriate behavior," athletic director Mike Alden said in an open letter to fans posted on the athletic department's Web site on Tuesday.

Obama health care plan, voters beware

The single-payer health care system under Obama's plan will abolish individual rights to quality care and kill the market incentive to innovate, while it will not improve the cost efficiency better than a free market system.

LETTER: Reject Proposition B, doesn't include standards for accountability

One issue on Missouri's ballot — Proposition B — will ask voters to decide whether the state should create a "Quality Home Care Council" to organize workers hired to provide personal care services. Voters should reject this proposition as "too good to be true."

The two branches need a joint effort, not one-party leadership

Our new president will have very little immediate effect on the problems at hand, but it is important to keep our executive and legislative branches bipartisan.

Palin to visit Springfield on Friday

The "Road to Victory" rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the university's McDonald Arena. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Attorney says motorist changed story in bike-two vehicle accident

Opening statements began Tuesday in a personal injury lawsuit filed against the city and the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, among others. The case stems from an accident involving a bicyclist and two vehicles at the intersection of College and Rollins Avenues in 2005.

Palin children traveled on state's tab

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children's travel expenses. State law does not specifically address expenses for a governor's children. The law allows for payment of expenses for anyone conducting official state business.

Carole King stops by Columbia to stump for Obama

The four-time Grammy winner hit the Barack Obama campaign headquarters downtown to speak before about 100 volunteers.

Betty Anne McCaskill, first woman on Columbia City Council, honored

Betty Anne McCaskill, the first woman on Columbia's City Council, was honored on Tuesday night at a Democratic fundraiser for Chuck Graham. Chris Kelly recognized Betty Anne for smashing the glass ceiling with the Betty Anne McCaskill Glass Ceiling Scholarship, which will be awarded to young women who are active in the Democratic party.

Hickman High School resource officer returns to work

The officer was removed from his position after a fight at the school last Wednesday.

Kerkorian sells part of Ford Motor stake

NEW YORK — Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's investment firm said Tuesday it sold part of its stake in Ford Motor Co. Industry observers said it may be more of a personal finance decision for Kerkorian, who has taken much larger losses on his majority stake in casino and hotel operator MGM Mirage Inc.

Tulips symbolize promise to stay drug-free

Plant the Promise is a new drug and alcohol awareness project involving Columbia's youth. During the next few weeks, local children will participate by planting bulbs around the community.

Vann earns MU libero job after tense preseason

Caitlyn Vann, a sophomore on the MU volleyball team, wanted to earn the libero position before the season. Her freshman year, she was a defensive specialist when then-senior Tatum Ailes was the libero.

Sprint to trim cell phone termination fees

Sprint Nextel Corp. will soon join other wireless industry leaders in trimming the costs customers face for canceling their cell phone services early, the company's chief executive said Tuesday.

Missouri tops national job growth list

Missouri gained 3,800 jobs and its unemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent in August to 6.4 percent in September, according to figures released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's the first decline in the Missouri unemployment rate since June.

Texas base treats combat dogs

Dogs trained in military service are treated for war wounds and routine health issues at 'the Walter Reed of the veterinary world,' according to Army Col. Bob Vogelsang, hospital director.

Colorado depends on defense

The Buffaloes rank near the bottom of the Big 12 in almost every offensive category.