Competitor prefers making horseshoes to rodeo

Cody Gregory hangs tight as his bull whips around the arena during the Missouri High School Rodeo on June 18, 2009. Gregory competed in four events during the night.

Cody Gregory, 17, is the youngest certified journeyman farrier in the American Farrier Association. A journeyman farrier is the highest level someone can achieve in making and placing horseshoes on horses.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is no place for developers

It seems, at least to me, that appointing either of the applicants would be placing, on a body charged with weighing public versus private interests, someone predisposed toward the latter.

Columbia residents, leaders differ on idea of curfew for teens

As Columbia considers a teen curfew, police, students and school principals discuss their opinions of the idea and how ones already in place have worked in neighboring cities. Councilwoman Laura Nauser said the idea was in response to high youth crime rates in 2007.

MU announces interim dean of graduate school

George Justice, associate dean of MU's graduate school, will serve as its interim leader.

Former worker says AmerenUE dropped shutdown inquiry at plant

The former employee said the agency failed to adequately investigate a 2003 incident that led to an unplanned shutdown.

Woman struck by lightning at Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area

A woman, who was struck by lightning, was still not breathing when she arrived at the hospital almost an hour later.

Tips offered for safety during lightning storms

Boone County Fire Protection District offers safety tips to follow during lightning storms.

Missouri health report shows room for improvement in adult smoking

The report shows that the biggest area for improvement is adult smoking. Missouri has the sixth highest death rate in the nation for adults because of smoking, the report stated.

Midwest a front-runner for $8 billion in railway construction funds

High-speed rail plans in the Midwest are considered front-runners to get $8 billion in stimulus money, with a possible future route upgrade from St.Louis to Kansas City. 

UPDATE: Lightning strike victim confirmed dead

Georgette Tillett, who was struck by lightning Wednesday night, was confirmed dead Thursday, according to a release from the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office.

Looking to go pro in rodeo

Jarrel Hewit, 18, is competing in the Missouri High School Rodeo. For him, it's another step toward pursuing a career in the sport. Hewit has already earned several awards and a full rodeo scholarship to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Columbia's Wine and Food Festival to begin Saturday

The Columbia Wine and Food Festival is scheduled to begin Saturday, followed by eight days of events. Ten local chefs are to create dinners and hors d'oeuvres that are intended to pair nicely with wine tastings. More than 180 wineries are expected to bring wines — more than 400 varieties — to taste throughout the festival.

Heart of Missouri United Way director resigns

Missouri United Way executive director Connie Benton Wolfe filed for resignation today, after holding the position for less than one year.

Amtrak makes marked improvement in Missouri

The passenger train service managed to imporve it's on-time arrivals between St. Louis and Kansas City drastically thanks to additional track and new fines for railroad companies for trains routinely being late.

Lawsuit accuses TSA of unreasonable airport detention in St. Louis

The American Civil LIberties Union filed the suit on behalf of a political activist who was detained for not answering the security officials' questions about $4,700 he was carrying. The suit claims that the activist didn't have to reveal the source of the money.

Citizens weigh in on proposed plans for Missouri national park

The National Park Service is considering four development proposals that will determine what new restrictions, if any, will be enforced in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways national park.

State retirement system pays performance bonuses despite losses

The fund performed above the average of the market, which allows the system to award bonuses. The bonuses were about $460,000 total.

Attorney general refers 373 possible sex offenders to Highway Patrol

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be looking into whether the offenders are violating parole by using the social networking site MySpace.

UPDATE: Missouri approves revised deal for Chiefs training camp

The deal requires the team to hold its summer camp in Missouri for at least 10 years, or else pay the state penalties.

One suspect arrested in parking garage robbery

Police have arrested a 15-year-old suspect in connection with the June 13 robbery at the Hitt Street parking garage.