Rock Bridge loses in semifinals of Class 4 tournament

Rock Bridge player Robert DeGraaff* bows his head after a disappointing 9-1* loss to Fort Zumwalt South on Friday. The Bulldogs took an early 4-0 lead at the bottom of the first inning. The Bruins will play for third place Saturday in Springfield.

Rock Bridge lost 9-1 to Fort Zumwalt South on Friday afternoon in the Class 4 semifinals, ending the Bruins' deepest run in the state baseball tournament.

GM, automaker crisis shakes world's economies

Now that General Motors and Chrysler have filed for bankruptcy, restructuring the American automobile industry may be necessary to re-establish supremacy in the market.

Father big part of Rose's baseball career at Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge's Jaide Rose has benefitted from the tutelage of his father Rick Rose, a former high school baseball player who even built a field for his son and his teammates to use.

Proposed Columbia city ordinance would deal with graffiti problem

 Laura Nauser's proposed city ordinance fills in the gaps in the current ordinance by defining and outlawing graffiti. It would also set up a fund so property owners don't have to fix the damage themselves. The next step is to prevent kids from property destruction in the first place, by giving them opportunities through economic development.

Sotomayor political circus pulls into D.C.

 It isn't the "greatest show on earth," but expect lots of flamboyant promotion, unnecessary acrobatics and sleight of hand from the media.

Columbia's new economic development director eligible for yearly bonuses from REDI

When J. Mike Brooks begins his duties on July 15, he will be working for the city and also serving as president of REDI, making him eligible for as much as $20,000 in yearly bonuses. REDI Chairman Bob Black said bonuses are new incentives being offered to attract "high-powered people" to the position.

Commission tables TIF applications for downtown Columbia

After nearly three and a half hours of presentations and public discussion, the Tax Increment Financing Commission moved to postpone a decision about their recommendation to the Columbia City Council on two downtown properties until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Columbia City Council to host 'Walks in the Ward'

The Columbia City Council decided to create short videos to educate citizens about the six city wards.

Missouri's Alden endures heat for a good cause

More than 400 people gathered Thursday at the Holiday Inn Select to roast Mike Alden, Missouri's athletics director. The event raised more than $50,000 to research Alzheimer's disease.

State semifinal a first for Rock Bridge baseball team

Rock Bridge baseball coach Justin Towes said the Bruins have nothing to lose entering Friday's game against Fort Zumwalt South in the semifinals of the Class 4 state tournament at Meador Park in Springfield, Mo.

Eight candidates apply for open Columbia School Board seat

Eight people have applied to take Rosie Tippin's seat on the Columbia School Board. Applicants will be interviewed by the board on June 11 and the appointee sworn in June 18.

Natural Resources Inventory slowed down by technology

City officials say that once the Natural Resources Inventory project works out some of its technology problems, it will offer a useful view of the city's natural resources through documents and databases.

Council considers 'city certified' development sites

During a discussion about land use regulations at the City Council's annual retreat at the Lake of the Ozarks, officials said they want to create criteria so development sites can be approved more quickly.

Columbia Sylvan Learning customers will get refunds, owner says

Columbia Sylvan Learning customers will receive refunds for pre-paid services, the center's owner says. More than $60,000 in refunds has been issued since May 29.

Columbia middle schooler nominated as student-ambassador to Australia

Ten-year-old Nicole Schroeder of Columbia has her packing, laundry, self-defense and swimming skills down as she prepares to travel to Australia as part of the People to People Ambassador Program.

Columbia to celebrate National Trails Day

A 5K run/walk, 10K bike ride and nature expo is scheduled for Saturday as part of National Trails Day.

Rain garden workshop offered Saturday

The workshop will be held at 9 a.m. at the Jefferson Farms and Gardens east of Columbia.

Missouri park damaged by 2005 reservoir collapse to reopen

The collapse, which happened in December 2005, sent more than 1 billion gallons of water through the Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

New riverfront park to open in East St. Louis

Making the park has been talked about for years, and it is named after Malcolm W. Martin, a man who pushed hard for its creation. East St. Louis has struggled with poverty for years, and the hope is that the park will bring more tourists to the city.

MU allocates funds to maintain psychology minor

An e-mail went out Thursday to hundreds of MU students pursuing a minor in psychology, letting them know they can still get the minor.