Obama sweeps to victory as first black president

"Change has come," he declared to a huge throng of cheering supporters.

UPDATE: Suspect identified in fatal shooting in Douglass Park

Miles Heard was fatally shot in the chest at about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday in Douglass Park,  Columbia police said. Police are now searching for 28-year-old Grady F. Dortch Jr. and have a warrant for his arrest.

Not helpful to second guess police decisions

Several incidents have come into question recently regarding the actions taken by police officers, and those without all the information should not be criticizing them.

Zimbabwe's economic conditions remain unstable

Global attention and the removal of President Mugabe might save Zimbabwe from further economic collapse as the country's currency hyperinflates and the quality of living lowers.

Columbia civil rights leaders reflect on historic election

Amid the successes of the first multiracial presidential candidate, black voters reflect on their ballot histories.

Missouri football team talks politics

Players' weight room gab turns to talk of presidential prospects.

Upbeat voters flock to polls

Most polling places in Boone County report high turnout.

Missouri polling sites report long lines, heavy turnout

Election officials have been reporting long lines at polling places across Missouri despite accounts of fraudulent messages telling voters to wait to vote until Wednesday.

Constitutional wrap up: Missouri ballot initiatives pass

Missourians have adopted an English-only amendment to the constitution, expanded options for storm water bonds, established a home-care attendant council and increased required renewable energy sources for publicly owned utilities to 15 percent.

2008 election headlines from around the country

A list of online news organizations' headlines about the presidential election.

Superintendent forums gather community input

As the school board searches for the next superintendent, it asks community members to suggest priorities the board should have when searching.

Political conflict hits home

There is no doubt that politics is divisive — even within families. Especially during the campaign season, the topic is unavoidable.

Obama declared next president

Barack Obama has won the presidential election, according to The Associated Press, The Washington Post, CNN and other news outlets. The AP's official electoral vote tally is 324 for Obama and 124 for John McCain. Two hundred seventy votes are needed to win.

PHOTO GALLERY: Election Day in Boone County

See photos from Boone County voting Tuesday.

Students optimistic their vote will impact election

Some MU students were among the crowd who woke up early to beat the lines at polling places; by 2 p.m., about 1,600 people, most of them students, had voted at MU's Life Sciences Center.

Kelly, Robb take campaign all the way to the wire

The race for 24th District House seat is as competitive as they come.

Voter voices from Columbia and Boone County

Read about the views of area voters on many of the issues and candidates on the ballot for Tuesday's election.

Missourian slideshows about the election

The Missourian has been documenting the 2008 election in slideshows. Watch and listen here.

LIVE: Join the Election Day conversation

What are you thinking about as Election Day results come in tonight? Join the conversation by posting your thoughts below and interacting with other readers.

An unexpected meeting in line turns perspective on its head

An MU faculty member meets someone who's had a different experience with voting rights — and all rights.