Understanding Obama's visit to Ghana, and US-Africa ties

What does Obama's visit to Ghana mean to residents of that country and to Africa in general? African and American experts talk about the future of Africa and Obama's role in it.

Olympic medalists highlight Show-Me State Games opening ceremony

Christian Cantwell, who won a silver medal in Beijing, and Larry Young, who won two Olympic medals in race-walking, helped open the 2009 Show-Me State Games.

LETTER: Rep. Mary Still calls for removal of committee chair

State Representative Mary Still wrote a letter to the House, regarding State Representative Cynthia Davis, requesting that she be removed from office.

Wehrli wins Nagurski Legends Award

Former Missouri All-American recognized as one of the best college football defensive players in the past 40 years.

A new place for 'Pepper & Friends'

As the popular local television program "Pepper & Friends" prepares to go off air, many are protesting its soon-to-be absence. Public access television, though, would seem to offer a solution to everyone's problems.

When the right thing ends up wrong

Columbia Trojans player James Dudley spent time in jail because of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the accident. This information was left out of the story about the Columbia Trojans, but Dudley made us all realize it shouldn't have been.

City celebrates Brown School Road completion; Clearview residents worry

Some subdivision residents feel the completed renovation of Brown School Road and the expansion of Columbia are encroaching on the privacy they enjoy in the country.

Former MU student finds success with World Wrestling Entertainment

Matt Korklan, who performs in World Wrestling Entertainment events with the stage name Evan Bourne, got his start in wrestling while attending classes at MU.

Arson suspected in vehicle and structure fires

Three fires that broke out within hours of each other Thursday night and Friday morning could be the result of arson. The fires destroyed two vehicles in Boone County and one commercial building in Randolph County.

Judges pick best hams

One hundred ninety-one hams were submitted to the Ham Contest, a part of the Boone County Fair, by people from across Boone County. The winners were determined Friday morning.

Ex-Blunt aide says he's owed exoneration letter

Former Blunt aide Scott Eckersley settled the lawsuit against Blunt's administration in May for $500,000, but has not spent the money because he has been holding out for an official state apology.

Humane group: shelters full, resources thin

The St. Louis-based humane group says its shelters are packed with great, adoptable dogs, cats and kittens. It's urging the public to adopt some this weekend, and has discounted adoption fees.

EPA plan for Missouri lead waste worries residents

The Environmental Protection Agency's plans to spread tons of lead-laced soil over old mining grounds in Leadwood have angered some citizens, since Leadwood already has elevated levels of lead found in many yards. The EPA says it would grow grass over the mining spots of land and prevent lead from washing into the streams after it rains. 

Today's Question: How effective is the new downtown task force?

Sinceimplementation of the task force, the failure rate of serving minors has dropped from 50 percent to 30 percent, Columbia Police Sgt. Lloyd Simons said. But some say the task force could lead bar patrons to feel harassed and could put added financial strain on businesses because of increased fines.

Show-Me State Games provide outline for sports and life

For competitors like Rick Matheny, the Show-Me State Games provide not only an athletic challenge but also a link to one's past and family.

Jefferson City man charged in connection with Columbia robberies

The suspect's ex-wife told police that he had admitted to commiting robberies at the Best Value Inn and Paris Road Car Wash.

Indiana murder suspect arrested in Columbia

A Columbia police officer on routine patrol arrested a man who was a suspect in another crime and, after the arrest was made, discovered that the man was wanted for a 2008 murder in Indiana.

Board of Curators approves $332 million in bonds

Several local projects will benefit from the $332 million in bonds issued by the university.

Public communications fund recipients concerned about distribution

Applicants who received funds said the money had to be spread so thin that applicants were not able to get the projects done they had planned to. They said they hope fewer applicants will be chosen in the future.

Here come the hams

Almost 200 hams were weighed and checked in Thursday night for Friday's ham contest, a part of the Boone County Fair.