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Rodeo 'roughies' are as close as family

David King bursts out of the holding pen and tries to stay on his horse during the bareback category of the Missouri High School Rodeo competition on Friday in Columbia.

The 15 competitors sitting on the chutes at the Boone County Fairgrounds  ride in rodeos throughout the year. They call each other “roughies” because the events are called the “rough stock events.” This weekend they're competing in the Missouri High School rodeo.

LETTER: Olmstead decision freed those with disabilities from segregation

Another round of storms possible

More storms are expected in Missouri today, and Columbia could be affected by rain as soon as 3 p.m.

LETTER: 'Olmstead Decision' keeps those with disabilities within community

June 22 marks the 10th anniversary of an important day in civil rights history. On that day in 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Georgia women with developmental disabilities who wanted to be supported in their community, rather than in a state-run institution.

Today's Question: Do you think Iran’s elections were rigged?

The country's election results showed a landslide victory for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over lead challenger Mir Hussein Moussavi. But Moussavi's supporters claim the election was a fraud, sparking protests in the capital city of Tehran. If the election was legitimate, why is the government cracking down on the protests?

'Fair Tax' deserves a fair shake

The recent "Fair Tax" rally at the Boone County Fairgrounds has left a lot of people considering the removal of income tax as a source of governmental funding. With the economy on the decline, and with income taxes as complicated as they are, maybe the plan is worth a shot.

Planning and Zoning Commission denies Richland Road annexation request

Despite a positive recommendation from the city staff , the Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously against annexing 271 acres into the city for development.

Today's Question: The youth curfew proposal

Are you in favor of enacting a curfew, or even supporting a daytime curfew during school hours for those younger than 17?

Analysis: Missouri banks weathering financial crisis better than industry

In the last three months of 2008, Missouri banks made an average of $540 more per $100,000 in assets than the five largest national banks.

Columbia, league outline safety plans for severe weather

Unpredictable weather can lead to games being canceled even before they start. The Department of Parks and Recreation often makes the final call on a game's fate.

Columbia School Board to cut 70 positions in 2009-10 budget

The School Board passed a balanced budget that included cutting 70 positions. These cuts follow 80 position cuts last year, which concern some board members.

Space race now between U.S., China

Three experts discuss the current space race and the future of space exploration.

New Columbia School Board member coaches youth basketball

Working on the Columbia School Board is another way for Jim Whitt to serve youth. Whitt was sworn in on Thursday evening.

Two MU Health Care workers test positive for latent TB

Two MU Health Care workers have tested positive for latent tuberculosis after coming into contact with another worker who was diagnosed with active TB. Latent TB is not contagious.

Open house to address Scott Boulevard extension

Columbia residents will be able to comment on and ask questions about the proposed extension of Scott Boulevard at an open house Monday night at the Activity and Recreation Center.

UPDATE: FBI investigating Missouri housing deals

Pete Ramsel, executive director of the Missouri Housing Development Comission, said that the housing commission — which uses tax credits and tax-free bonds to help finance the construction of affordable houses and apartments — operates in accordance with the law and is "absolutely above-board."

Forsee and curators ask Nixon not to veto funding bill

UM System President Gary Forsee and the Board of Curators sent a statement to Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday asking him not to veto House Bill 22, legislation that would provide funding for systemwide capital improvements and research projects.

Nestle recalls Toll House cookie dough products

The Food and Drug Administration said 66 E. coli illnesses have been reported across 28 states since March, but no one has died. The illnesses, still under investigation, might have been caused by eating the raw cookie dough.

Southern Baptists gather in Kentucky for annual meeting

Southern Baptists are looking for ways to stop the decline in membership.

Power Team revs up crowd, shares faith

A revival in Hallsville is revved up by demonstrations of super strength.

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