Former reservist looks to make up time in Show-Me State Games

After Sept. 11, Fred Clayton went on active duty for seven years with the U.S. Naval Reserves. Now that he is retired, he has taking advantage of the time by participating in state and senior games, including the Show-Me State Games.

Prescription drug abuse poses new challenge for grandparents

Painkillers and prescription medications can be just as dangerous as street drugs, but many grandparents do not adequately guard their medicine cabinets from their grandchildren.

Nixon plans to compete in Show-Me State Games

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is scheduled to compete in the basketball skills competition in the Show-Me State Games on Saturday.

Missouri Football Fan Day is Aug. 9

The Tiger Quarterback Club's Football Fan Day is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Aug. 9.

The road to conservation requires no new roads

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule needs to be fully reinstituted and regulated with a heavy hand. The Obama administration needs to reconsider the long-term damage the rainforest will incur if logging continues.

There will be never be another Walter Cronkite

Cronkite was an authority on the news of the day, and he was a distinctly neutral one.

PHOTO GALLERY: Junior Division Talent Show highlights many acts

The Boone County Fair Junior Division Talent Show took place Tuesday night at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Twenty-two children ages 8 to 16 performed acts involving singing, dancing, playing guitar, fiddling, twirling, gymnastics and clogging.

Columbia man killed in Tuesday highway crash

Oak Towers resident Gerald "Jerry" Lewis was killed Tuesday morning in a three-vehicle crash six miles east of Paris Road on Highway 24.

UPDATE: Government seeks swine flu vaccine volunteers in St. Louis

Saint Louis University is one of the National Institutes of Health's main study sites for swine flu vaccine research. There are seven other sites across the country that are to begin the series of studies in August, with the first shots to go into the arms of healthy adults, of any age.

UPDATE: Missouri home care workers vote in favor of union

The new Missouri Home Care Union will represent about 13,000 workers who help people living in their own homes. They are hired by consumers but paid for through Medicaid programs. The Union's director, Carolyn Klinglesmith, said many of the personal care attendants receive no health insurance, sick leave or vacation time.

St. Louis factory would benefit under defense spending bill

President Barack Obama has requested weapons systems including funding for nine additional F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, built in St. Louis, and $674 million for three C-17 jumbo cargo jets in Long Beach, Calif.

Obama to focus on health care at news conference

As the economy continues to lose jobs, Obama will hold a news conference pressing for continued progress in health care debates, in hopes of signing a reform bill before the end of the year.

First group of Roots 'N' Blues artists announced

Seven artists have been confirmed for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival in September, and at least 23 more performers are yet to be announced.

Former Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor joins GOP

Mike Ferguson announced the move Wednesday on his Web site and endorsed Republican Rep. Roy Blunt in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Residents can now report bike harassment online to Columbia police

The Columbia Police Department added a feature Wednesday to its online crime reporting tool to allow residents to report incidents of bicycle harassment.

New Boone County Fair animal show seeks to educate, amaze

Woody's Menagerie features several free nightly shows that exhibit a variety of unique exotic animals. Shows continue through Saturday.

Today's Question: Merging of Boone County Fire Protection District and the Columbia Fire Department

City and county fire services began increased cooperation this year as a result of the new territorial agreement that went into effect in March.

Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus top choices for talent show contestants

Eleven-year-old Ashlee Frazier won first place in the Boone County Fair Junior Division Talent Show for singing "Tim Mcgraw" by Taylor Swift.

Spate of new businesses open despite challenging economic times

The economic downturn hasn't stopped new businesses from opening in Columbia. Business licenses are up from last year, and business owners open their doors with the confidence that they can serve consumers even in a challenging economic climate.

Man's citation raises questions over Columbia roller skate ordinance

Avid roller skater Evan Jones wants to change the city's ordinance on skating downtown. He was issued a citation last week, and said there isn't enough awareness of the ordinance.