Fighter moves from street to ring

Luis Duran shadowboxes at Dojo Studio on July 20, 2009. Duran is preparing for a match in August.

Luis Duran turned his life around by getting serious about kickboxing.

Today's Question: Should we have antibiotics in our food?

As a major pork-producing state, Missouri could be affected by legislation regulating use of antibiotics in food.

LETTER: We need real solutions to health care problem

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer should support Obama's efforts to provide real solutions to America's health care problems.

Understanding Uighur-Han conflict in China's Xinjiang Province

The Han Chinese are trying to assimilate an area in which the Uighurs live. As a result, some Uighurs, a small minority in China, began challenging Han domination.

Weatherspoon named to preseason All-Big 12 Team

Missouri linebacker was a unanimous All-Big 12 selection last season.

Colleges focus on veterans as GI Bill ups numbers

To help accomadate veterans, colleges accross the country are offering new classes and programs to help ease the transition from the battelfield to the classroom.

Do I have to call it tweeting?

The word itself might sound ridiculous, but Twitter has spread and grown into a powerful Web entity. Only time will tell whether it has the kind of staying power to outlast new innovations.

High school journalists learn to be resourceful, assertive

While covering the weak economy for the Urban Pioneer, 16 high school students from six states honed their journalism skills during a 10-day workshop.

Saving funds for shutdown of nuclear plants proves tricky

Almost half of the nation's nuclear reactors will not have enough money to shut down when it is time for them to do so. There are a number of options on how to delay the mandatory clean-up and shut down, but some critics say it is not enough.

Show-Me State Games tennis part of summer in Missouri

Justin Hsing , 17, competed in singles in the Show-Me State Games' junior tennis tournament on Friday morning in a field of 75 competitors. But Hsing doesn’t live in Missouri; he lives in New York.

Humane Society upset over Boone County Fair bunny prizes

A carnival game at the Boone County Fair offering live rabbits as a prize has raised concerns among some fair-goers and the Central Missouri Humane Society. Children who play the game are required to have a parent's signature to take a bunny home.

Shooter in Bentley murder pleads guilty

Damon Alshawn Williams, 24, faces 10 years to life in prison after pleading guilty Friday to second-degree murder. He shot 22-year-old Nathaniel Bentley during a June 2008 home invasion robbery of Bentley's home.

Judge rejects city's challenge to red-light cameras

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert III on Thursday sided with the city of Arnold, which had argued that its red-light cameras didn't break the law.

State looking at lead waste cleanup efforts

Nanci Gonder, a spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, said an investigation will look at Doe Run's use of treated sewage to spur plant growth on the tailings.

Ameren to seek 18 percent rate hike in Missouri

About half of the new revenue would be used to make reliability improvements such as putting wires underground and trimming trees, along with covering increasing generation and delivery costs and other expenses.

Memorial service set for former Columbia educator Rosie Tippin

Visitation and memorial services are scheduled for former Columbia educator Rosie Tippin.

One injured in Friday car collision

A northbound Chevy truck collided with a westbound Ford Crown Victoria on Friday morning. The truck failed to yield to oncoming traffic, authorities said. A man, whose name authorities did not release, was hospitalized.

Columbia road closures announced

Street closures are planned for utility and waterline work.

Curators approve appropriations request to state

The UM System Board of Curators met Friday and unanimously approved capital and operations funding requests to the state. The money would help the UM System address increasing student enrollment as well as fund building rehabilitation and construction.

County fair baby contest puts children center stage

Ninety-seven babies were entered into the contest Thursday night. They were judged on personality, appearance and proper play clothes.