COMMENTARY: Taking a turn on Top Gun

Missourian sports writer Brian Nordli got closer to the action than most Saturday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals.  

Sports reporter finds a whole new world in rodeo

Every day, journalists are asked to become "instant experts" on any number of topics. Missourian reporter Brian Nordli learned that first-hand this week.

Funboxes and quarterpipes and ugly rails: event celebrates National Skateboarding Day

Columbia Skate Park hosted its annual celebration of National Skateboarding Day on Saturday.

Taekwondo instructor to compete at world championships

Russ Taft, who studies taekwondo in Columbia, will be competing at the American Taekwondo Association's World Championships from June 22 to 28 in Little Rock, Ark.

"Extinguish Hunger" food drive

The Central Missouri Food Bank, Columbia Professional Firefighters and HyVee teamed up to fight hunger on Saturday.

Race car jumps track, injures 4

A fierce accident at St. Francois County Raceway near Farmington occurred when a race car went airborne over an embankment. The driver and three people were injured.

Obama administration balances public opinion, political pressure as deficit grows

The White House strategy is to take the long view, hoping that pushing ahead with the kinds of policies on which President Barack Obama campaigned will win him points with voters and that the economy will right itself in time for public ire to fade.

Juneteenth celebration commemorates Columbia's African-American history, freedom

Columbia residents celebrated Juneteenth – a commemoration of African-American freedom and history that originated in Texas – Saturday at Douglass Park.

Chiefs' practice facility contract goes to Kansas bidder

Crossland Construction of Columbus, Kan., has been selected to build the Kansas City Chiefs' new indoor practice facility for $9.4 million.

Missouri judge OKs summary of stem cell ballot measure

Amidst controversy, a Missouri judge has approved the summary and cost estimate of a proposal that would amend the state constitution to ban public contributions for abortion and human cloning.

Small explosions cause resident to call Columbia Police

Seven "suspicious devices" were found at a Columbia home Saturday morning after the resident called the police. The Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad responded and disabled the devices.

Kinder, Talent endorse Blunt for U.S. Senate

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt and Democratic candidate, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, are seeking to replace retiring Republican Senator Kit Bond.

Vigil, memorial moved from closed Kansas clinic

A planned vigil in front of George Tiller's clinic was moved by abortion opponents to avoid counter demonstrations. Scott Roeder, 51, faces first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges in connection to Tiller's killing.

Authorities keeping tight lid on Cole Camp investigation

The bodies of three family members were found dead June 9 at their home in Cole Camp. Authorities say details about the case are being witheld to protect the investigation.