Barrel racing fundraiser begins state high school rodeo

Sara Duncan, 15, of Rocheport, left, waits under threatening skies with other contestants during the Missouri High School Rodeo’s Barrel Jackpot on Wednesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Riders gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night to open this year's high school rodeo with the Open Barrel Jackpot.

Today's Question: What would be the best way to manage Joint Communications?

Zim Schwartze has proposed a series of changes for a "sinking" Public Safety Joint Communications center.

UPDATE: Police: Clark Lane fatality involving officer not preventable

A reconstruction report released Wednesday by the Columbia Police Department concluded that the Columbia police officer who ran over a man in Clark Lane in March could not have stopped in time to avoid the crash even if he had been driving the posted speed limit.

A little debate is a healthy thing

Even though debates with a parent might be frustrating — especially if said parent never concedes — the practice is still a valuable one.  Debate helps to shape and move society forward by encouraging an open exchange of ideas.

Fair Tax Act raises more questions than it answers

A columnist finds himself on unsteady ground when it comes to the hotly debated FairTax.

State high school rodeo finals to kick off Thursday

More than 50 Missouri high school students, including two siblings from Rock Bridge High School, plan to compete in this weekend's state rodeo finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

UPDATE: Chrysler to reopen St. Louis assembly plant

The automaker will restart operations at 7 plants on June 29 after they were shut down in May when the company entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Mass vaccinations against swine flu could begin with students

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that swine flu vaccinations could begin with schoolchildren this fall and urged school districts to begin preparing now.

Missouri GOP files ethics complaints against Carnahan

The Missouri Republican Party filed complaints claiming Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Robin Carnahan failed to include her husband's business on financial disclosure statements.

Missouri chief justice claims successes despite controversies

Despite a crisis in public defender funding and controversy regarding Missouri's method of selecting judges, outgoing Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith sees certain successes.

Columbia Public Schools' 2009-2010 budget reflects deep cuts

The draft budget for Columbia Public Schools shows more than $4.4 million in cuts. See a partial summary of the budget here.

UPDATE: I-70 Lane closing in Callaway County

Starting Monday, one westbound lane of I-70 at the Route J bridge will be closed.

Nixon seeks bonding proposal for building projects

The proposal comes in the wake of the failure of a measure that would have paid for $700 million in college and university improvements by issuing bonds.

Schaefer rallying support for cancer hospital

State Sen. Kurt Schaefer said he has heard from from "several people in positions to know" that the governor will veto funding for the hospital.

Seeking relief from the heat

With temperatures predicted to exceed 90 degrees, people flocked to Stephens Lake on Wednesday for a relief from the heat and humidity.

Upside-down tomato plants solve space problems

The technique has several advantages, including greater control over fertilizer needs and less chance for pest or disease. This works for other plants, too.

Police: Clark Lane fatality involving man in road not preventable

The police department's Professional Standards Unit added that Officer Alan Mitchell was "disciplined" for speeding at the location of the accident, according to a Wednesday news release .

John Brown's legacy hasn't changed, but America has, some historians say

Americans observe the complexities of a controversial historical icon.

Balanced School Board operating budget awaits approval

The Columbia School Board is likely to pass its first balanced budget in eight years this week, with trims to positions and services. The public may comment on it before the vote on Thursday evening.

Columbia College wants to keep Gitmo campus open

Columbia College plans to keep its campus at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base open as long as possible, according to a school official. The closing of the base's prison will lead to a decrease in students as well as staff.