Columbia golf course hosts Missouri women's championship

The Club at Old Hawthorne is hosting the Missouri Women's Golf Association's Amateur Championship for the first time, starting Tuesday.

MU swimmer qualifies for World Championships

Missouri junior swimmer Lauren Lavigna became the Tigers' first qualifier to the World Swimming Championships after finishing second in the 200-meter backstroke at the Canadian trials last week in Montreal.

LETTER: Real health care reform needed

Congress needs to pass real health care reform in 2009.

Proposed ban on burqas reveals off-base assumptions

Depending on how you look at it, the proposal by the French government to ban burqas can seem like a blow to religious freedom or boon for secular liberation. 

GUEST COLUMN: Obama's election won't end exploitation of race

Beginning with the exploitation and colonization of Africa, Asia and the Americas and continuing through today, race has been used as an economic tool.

Community gardening in Columbia offers many benefits

Community gardens are places where people work side by side — children, the elderly, single parents, students and recent immigrants to our country. These people share stories as well as water and tools, and they slowly build relationships that extend beyond the boundaries of the garden, further strengthening the community.

Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination is historic

Sotomayor has no serious roadblock to become the third woman to serve on the high court. Democrats control the Judiciary panel by a 12 to 7 margin over Republicans and have the necessary floor votes to elevate Sotomayor.


MU student dies in creek swimming accident

The student jumped off a cliff into a creek with approximately 6 feet of water, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

UPDATE: Missouri activist pushes FBI to probe hate crimes cases

Alvin Sykes, a Kansas City resident, plans to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder to focus more energy on finding witnesses, victims and evidence to bring justice.

Nixon vetoes Missouri public defender legislation

The legislation was intended to help relieve the caseloads of Missouri's public defenders, who have a backlog of cases for criminal defendants who cannot afford private attorneys.

Budget deficit tops $1 trillion for first time

The Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit in June totaled $94.3 billion, pushing the total since the budget year started in October to nearly $1.1 trillion. The deficit has foreign investors nervous about how safe their investments are.

Missouri city passes ordinance requiring prescription for cold medication

The Washington City Council became the first local government in the country to require a prescription for over-the-counter drugs containing pseudoephedrine when it passed the ordinance Monday as a way to combat meth production.

UPDATE: Missouri court plan critics propose new judicial selection process

The proposed ballot initiative would do away with the judicial selection process involving a nominating commission in some courts and allow the governor to appoint anyone, subject to Senate confirmation.

Lucy's Burgers and Beverages owner retires after 51 years

The 82-year-old has spent most of her life in mid-Missouri. She opened Lucy’s in 1957 with her late husband, Hank.

Today's Question: Is Sotomayor a judicial activist?

Does Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor promote judicial activism as her critics have said, or does her voting record indicate she will be a nonpartisan judge?

Missouri River float trip inspires interest in history, conservation

The Big Canoe River Float 2009 aimed to reconnect residents with the Missouri River, its wildlife and the history surrounding it. About 100 individuals attended the event, which featured speakers and demonstrations over the course of a 9.5-mile float

Emergency service workers trade hair for wishes

Members of local emergency response agencies gathered Sunday afternoon at Cosmo-Bethel park to have their heads shaved for charity.

Kansas City man urges FBI to reopen civil rights cold cases

Alvin Sykes is credited with being the force behind the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act that passed last year. The bill authorizes up to $135 million over 10 years for the investigations of civil rights era murders.

Protest by minority contractors planned

The African-American Business and Contractors Association says there is still an unacceptable lack of minority participation in construction projects.

Lincecum, Halladay to start All-Star game

The two Cy Young Award winners will be the starting pitchers.