Softball keeps over-70 pair active

Norris Kruse connects for a base hit up the middle in an over-50 softball league game on Tuesday at the Rainbow Softball Center at Cosmopolitan Park.

Stan Kline, 70, and Norris Kruse, 73, are the oldest members of the Columbia Parks and Recreation softball league.

Columbia says no to personal fireworks shows

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Columbia police are reminding residents of a Columbia ordinance prohibiting fireworks inside city limits.

LETTER: Walmart a wonderful supporter of local charities

Walmart Stores Inc. deserves praise for its charitable donations to local programs such as Meals on Wheels of Columbia.

LETTER: 'Puppy mill' term offensive to responsible breeders

The term "puppy mill," used recently by Attorney General Chris Koster,  is derrogatory and should be removed from vocabulary.  Words should not be used to confuse professional kennels with illegal, unlicensed breeding facilities.

LETTER: Luetkemeyer opts for partisanship over health care reform

Health care premiums are through the roof, and Blaine Luetkemeyer and his staff need to understand how important the issue is to Missouri citizens.

A life in letters is history repeated

Sometimes it's unclear just how our attitudes evolve as we grow older, but when it comes to novels, revisiting old favorites can inform the ways in which our minds have changed or matured.

Americans should support Iranian opposition

Americans should question the elections in Iran and show solidarity with the opposition party in accordance with the ideals in the Declaration of Independence.

UPDATE: Missouri universities to partner for new medical program

Missouri Southern State University and Kansas City University of Medicine in Biosciences are partnering to create a four-year osteopathic medical doctorate program. Officials hope this could help relieve the physician shortage in the state.

Missouri man freed 4 years after being granted clemency

Michael Wayne Ford Sr., who was eligible for parole when Gov. Bob Holden granted him clemency in 2005, was released from prison Wednesday. Ford was convicted of murdering a hitchhiker in 1977.

CenturyTel completes purchase of Embarq

The chief executive officer of the combined company, which is to be renamed CenturyLink, said the focus of its approach is to provide broadband service in their markets.

Missouri officials say tannery sludge did not cause brain tumors

Hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, was detected but not at levels that posed a danger to human health, an administrator with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said.

Store founder Rudy Buchheit dies

After opening his first store in 1934, Buchheit expanded with more locations and branched out into agricultural and trucking operations in two states.

UPDATE: Law requires bids to run Missouri license offices

The law requires Missouri to seek competitive bids for offices that handle vehicle and driver's licenses and collect vehicle sales taxes.

Missouri renames road cleaned by neo-Nazis after rabbi

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed a bill naming a half-mile stretch of U.S. 160 in Springfield the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway."

Missouri Southern State University discusses medical school plans

Creating a medical school at the university could potentially address the physician shortage in the southern half of the state.

Michael Jackson's will leaves Neverland Ranch in trust

Michael Jackson's will was filed Wednesday and named his 79-yea-old mother Katherine Jackson as the guardian of his children. His ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, was cut out of the will.

Today's Question: Is it time for Columbia to pay for more City Council staff or a stipend for members?

The lagging economy has forced a closer inspection of Columbia's finances, while at the same time the City Council is also trying to take more ownership of the budget, which adds to their already heavy workload.

MU sees 16 percent increase in financial aid applications

As the recession continues, a growing number of college students are applying for federal financial aid this year.

Economic Downturn work team helps students make ends meet

MU's Economic Downturn work team works with students and families to make them aware of the financial opportunities available through the university.

Iraqi 'National Sovereignty Day' might be a little premature

Iraq has declared "victory" and is celebrating "National Sovereignty Day" on June 30  in honor of the withdrawal of American troops. However, they might be celebrating a bit too soon.