A defense of Utah

The scenery is one of the many reasons to love the state of Utah.

This week, one of many Utahphobes I've met asserted that Utah has nothing to offer. So I decided it was time for a look at what underlies their state of aversion.

Pinkel said young Missouri football team must be prepared

When asked how Missouri football will handle a big game environment to open its season, Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said he emphasizes the value of preparation to help younger players succeed.

VIDEO: Interviews from Missouri football Media Day

Missouri players face the media in preparation for the season-opener against Illinois on Saturday in St. Louis.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cattleman Days Rodeo in Ashland

The 33rd annual Cattleman Days Rodeo in Ashland on Saturday was a two night event where riders competed for the best time and a chance at a $14,000 prize.

Sisters add to family mentality on MU soccer team

Collins sisters bring different strengths and personalities to the team.

LETTER: Tour of Missouri continues to grow in its third year

Nearly half the teams involved in this year's race also raced in the Tour de France.

Fighting for 'Pepper and Friends'

About 40 protesters marched on the MU campus Monday to demonstrate their displeasure with NBC-affiliate KOMU's decision to cancel the local talk show "Pepper and Friends" starring Paul Pepper.

CROP walkers combat hunger at home and abroad

Preparation has begun for the annual Columbia CROP Hunger Walk, which will be Oct. 4. The walk raises money for local food pantries and overseas charities.

Hickman softball team finds chemistry, early success

After losing five senior leaders last season, the Hickman softball team has found a new path where equality and respect are the focus, not seniority. 

LETTER: Governor's budget cuts will negatively impact state tourism

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has forced a disproportionate amount of its $11.3 million in budget cuts upon the state's Division of Tourism. Cutting more than a third of the division's budget will reduce the state's ability to advertise itself and also to bring in crucial tourism dollars.

LETTER: If state cuts $7 million from tourism budget, hotel workers will lose jobs

Representatives of Missouri's hotel industry estimate that 2,500 hotel workers would lose their jobs if the Department of Economic Development follows through with $7 million in proposed cuts to the Division of Tourism's budget. .

LETTER: Keeping 'Pepper and Friends' would send responsible statement

KOMU should not be motivated only by a quest for profits and is morally obligated to retain the community-oriented program "Pepper and Friends" because of the services that show provides to central Missouri.

LETTER: 'Cash for Clunkers' was good for taxpayers

'Cash for Clunkers' was a wonderful deal compared to the billions of dollars wasted on unnecessary weapons systems and in Iraq.

Police make arrests, dole out citations at late-night checkpoint

In a four-hour operation, area police checked almost 698 vehicles and arrested or cited dozens at a sobriety checkpoint on Grindstone Parkway Saturday night.

Event gives children chance to get a little messy

Parents as Teachers hosts an event in Cosmopolitan Park that lets children paint with food, lather themselves with pudding and just plain make a mess.

Salvage dealers brace for rush of 'clunkers'

Salvage dealers gear up for an influx of vehicles traded in under the Cash for Clunkers program. In Missouri alone, $61 million in Cash for Clunkers vouchers has been requested.

Rock Bridge girls golf wins Helias Invitational

Hickman finshed third behind Helias. 

Rock Bridge golfer has high hopes

Senior Kayla Burri helps lead the Bruins' girls golf team into what she hopes will be the best season of her career.

Community members protest cancellation of 'Pepper and Friends'

Community members gathered in front of Jesse Hall on Monday to protest the cancellation of KOMU/Channel 8's local talk show featuring Paul Pepper.

Today's Question: Should the police department's finances influence decisions?

The city's budget shortfall is forcing the Columbia Police Department to consider new, more financially-viable policing strategies.