Father's Day 2009

Bullfighters find friendship doing what they love

Darren Murray and Mark Wilson are rodeo clowns, or as they prefer to be called, bullfighters. Their job this week has been to protect the cowboys at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals at all costs— even if that means getting run over by the bull.

That magnificent Dad and his flying machines

He is the son of immigrant parents with no flying experience, yet flying became, and still is, his life force.

Craigslist killing suspect indicted by grand jury

The suspect's case has moved from district court to Superior Court and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Arrests of former president's family show Iran clerics split

Of Hashemi Rafsanjani's five family members arrested Saturday, reports conflict about whether or not his eldest daughter remains in detention. 

Iowa woman's photo sparks push for new cloud type

A photo captured in June 2006 intrigued a group of weather watchers, who now are pushing weather authorities to create a new cloud category, something that hasn't been done since 1951. Scientists say that the clouds in question already fits into existing classifications.

Demand for homes in Columbia dwindles

According to the Columbia Department of Public Works, the city issued 41 permits for new home construction in May 2009 compared to 96 in May 2007 — a 57 percent decline.

Father-Daughter Dance Night kicks off holiday

The 11th annual Father-Daughter Dance Night on Saturday featured a variety of music, snacks, door prizes and dance lessons. 

Memorial dedicated for founders of St. Louis

A 9-foot-tall granite memorial, honoring some of the first St. Louis residents, was built over a mass grave site that believed to be the final resting place of several early St. Louisans.

PHOTO GALLERY: Father-Daughter Dance Night

Little girls and their dads got to share a special night of music and dancing at the 11th annual Father-Daughter Dance Night.  

Iran buying more from US in spite of tensions

Among the top U.S. exports this year to Iran are soybeans, wheat and medical supplies, all considered humanitarian items exempt from current U.S. trade sanctions. 

Name change possible for Missouri road cleaned by neo-Nazi group

Pending legislation would rename a section of Highway 160 in Missouri that has been adopted by members of the National Socialist Movement for Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Lincoln University prepares students for environmental problems

Lincoln University in Jefferson City, which began an environmental sciences degree four years ago, is just now handing out diplomas to the major's first graduates. The students have been prepared to face modern environmental problems, such as soil pollution and poor water quality.

Government buys Cora Island for $5 million

Conservation groups are calling for birdwatching, fishing and hiking areas on the 1,470-acre island in the Mississippi River near St. Charles, Mo.

Woman says she was evicted over Easter decor

A Colorado woman wants jurors to find her not liable for the more than $2,000 in rent and late fees she refused to pay.  "An Easter decoration is a religious statement and should be protected — even if it is just bunnies," her attorney said.

Lobster dinner follows Maine break-in

Paul Bruneau of Maine is suspected of breaking into a restaurant where cash was stolen and lobsters and white wine were consumed, police say. The suspect was discovered asleep on a bench by restaurant employees.