LETTER: Time is now for real health care reform

The president of the League of Women Voters of Columbia/Boone County and health chair of the League of Women Voters of Missouri express their views on health care reform.

LETTER: Sotomayor a wonderful pick for Supreme Court

The nomination of Judge Sotomayor will give hope to women, mothers and teachers.

LETTER: Media shouldn't act like hungry wolves

Columbia resident Julia Williams disagrees with Missourian columnist David Rosman's view of Palin press coverage.

Rock the Block running group pushes beginners to go extra mile

The goal of Rock the Block, a group for inexperienced runners to train together, is for members to compete in and finish the Joker's Wild Half Marathon (13.1 miles) held in St. Louis  Sunday.

Columbia man dies in cliff-jumping accident

A Columbia man has died after jumping into about 6 feet of water in Huzzah Creek near Steeleville, according to the Missouri State Water Patrol news release.

Motorists stop to help man in Interstate 70 accident

Motorists stopped to help a man having a seizure after his car crashed into a median on Interstate 70 near exit 126 Saturday afternoon.

US looks to allies in gays-in-military debate

Nearly two dozen countries have retracted their ban on gays in the military, with seemingly little drama following suit. Still, there are those in America who would oppose such a retraction for the U.S. military, citing a difference of attitude and environment.

Pujols to catch ceremonial first pitch from Obama

The eight-time All Star will be joined by Cardinals Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and Lou Brock, among others.

Sotomayor faces friendly jury as hearings begin

Democrats outnumber Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the committee that will consider Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Nebraska man says daughter was killed in Missouri crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the northwest Missouri crash.

Elders can help you make the best of a bad situation

The greatest people are those who have been able to be content in the worst situations, and it helps to surround one's self with the wisdom of elders.

Downtown police team works on curbing underage drinking in bars

In an effort to fight underage drinking downtown, Columbia police have begun patrolling bars to look for minors. Many see it as a solution to the problem, but others are not sure police belong among bar patrons.

Mushroom farmers work to expand in Missouri

Many Missourians have opted to grow their own mushrooms, but the task is not easy.  Mushroom farmers must exercise a great amount of patience and care to yield the final product, which often doesn't bring in enough profit to make a living.

Camaraderie of sport seen at disc golf tournament

The Columbia Disc Golf Club hosted the 25th annual Mid American Open on Saturday and Sunday. Many people there spoke of the closeness of the disc golf community.

Back-in parking to be installed on Ash Street

As part of the GetAbout Columbia program, 27 back-in angle parking spaces are being added on Ash Street to prevent the "dooring" of cyclists.

MU student returns home safely from Honduras

MU student Tyler Shields is back in the United States after struggling to depart Honduras last week in the midst of its government coup.

Synchronized swimming team reunites for Show-Me State Games

Several people plan to compete as the Mo-Maids once more for the Show-Me State Games synchronized swimming competition July 26 at Hickman High School.

Suspects in killing of Florida couple said to be 'experienced'

Escambia County Sheriff said he was surprised by the rapidity of the crime and that it suggests experience.

Gunman surrenders to police at Kansas VA medical center

Authorities told the Topeka Capital-Journal that the gunman surrendered after ejecting rounds from his weapon in exchange for cigarettes.

Bank robber hitches ride with undercover cop

The man was arraigned Friday on charges including bank robbery and making a false bomb threat.