Missouri Foundation for Health launches anti-smoking initiative

The Missouri Foundation for Health has launched a campaign to try to reduce the number of smokers in the state.

Four new whooping cough cases found in southwest Missouri

New cases of whooping cough have been found and others are being investigated in Jasper County.

Missouri drops into losers' bracket at College World Series

A 7-3 loss to Arizona State, means MU will have to win every game to take the College World Series, and if it loses one more, it goes home.

Bill Ferguson's pursuit of son's acquittal is worthy of praise

For five years, Bill Ferguson has been fighting for his son's freedom. Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2005 in the murder of Kent Heitholt, the sports editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune.

America's enemies also come from within

Throughout history, the U.S. population has acquired a distrust toward "Them," any outsiders that American citizens would consider the nation's enemy. This distrust has grown so blind that we often forget just how many enemies actually lie within our own borders.

Missouri groups challenge initiatives to restrict eminent domain

Missouri initiatives attempting to curb the use of eminent domain to take private property are being challenged in the courts. This is the third time in four years similar measures have been proposed, but both previous attempts were defeated.

Missouri softball team trying to keep loose for World Series

No. 11 Missouri will face No. 12 Arizona State at 2 p.m. Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. This being the Tigers' fourth College World Series in the history of the program, the team is trying to keep nerves down and play well.

George Parker, founder of national GOP group, dies at 86

George W. Parker was “the godfather of the Republican Party in Boone County,” former state Rep. Ed Robb said. Mr. Parker was the first Republican elected to any office in Boone County since the Civil War and founded the Grand Order of Pachyderms.

PHOTO GALLERY: Former Republican statesman George Parker dies at 86

Former state Rep. George Parker was the founder of two national societies: the Grand Order of Pachyderms and the B-26 Marauder Historical Society. He also served during World War II and received two Purple Hearts.

Last witness speaks at trial of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Kyi Win, the only witness for Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy party in Myanmar, spoke in Suu Kyi's defense as the Myanmar court listens to closing arguments.


Despite ugly stats, Missouri baseball continues to win

The Tigers managed to earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, even though their numbers have been unimpressive in most areas of play.

Boone County, Columbia firefighters team up in training

The Boone County Fire Protection District and the Columbia Fire Department have been training for joint operations in response to their new territorial agreement.

Rock Bridge advances to Class 4 baseball semifinals

The Rock Bridge baseball team beat Nixa 8-2 in the quarterfinals of Class 4 tournament Thursday at Rock Bridge. It is the first time Rock Bridge has advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.

Nixon touts plan to increase health education

The "Caring for Missourians" program offers money to state universities and community colleges in hopes of alleviating the critical shortage of health care workers. The University of Missouri System would receive $24 million for its campuses.

Umpire could be Missouri's first swine flu fatality

The umpire worked at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex, but the facility has undergone a thorough cleaning, and authorities do not believe anyone else has become infected.

Rock Bridge tennis team striving for repeat

The Rock Bridge boys tennis team travels Thursday to Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo., looking to repeat as state champions. The Bruins play Rockhurst in the state semifinals in a rematch of last year's Class 2 championship match. The Bruins’ winning streak of 50 consecutive dual matches, dating back to last year’s state title run, will also be tested.

Columbia to receive $1 million for energy efficiency by October

The Environment and Energy Commission put the finishing touches on the energy efficiency programs Columbia will implement using stimulus money.

Nixon seeks federal help for storm-slammed counties

Gov. Jay Nixon has asked that the federal government provide more aid to dozens of Missouri counties affected by this month's severe weather.

Multiracial becomes fastest growing race in U.S.

Demographers attribute the growth rate to slowing immigration and the increasing social acceptance of interracial people, citing the high profiles of Tiger Woods and President Barack Obama.

Ben Folds concert draws 1,700 attendees

Ben Folds and the weather did not disappoint concertgoers during their Summerfest appearance last night as Folds led the crowd in frequent sing-a-longs and inspired haphazard dancing.