Columbia Parks and Recreation announces photo contest winners

Grand-prize winner Kelly Smith, 31, shot this photo of her husband Ryan and her 6-year-old son Ben at a bridge on the Hinkson Creek Trail. Smith, director of Habitat for Humanity in Jefferson City, said photography is a stress relief. "I can't draw or paint or anything like that," she said. "It's my own way to express myself."

Photographers show off their talent to the city Parks and Recreation Department.

Churchill's great-grandson discusses Winston's legacy in America

Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, spoke Friday in Fulton about the impact of his great-grandfather's legacy on his own life and its continued relevance in today's world.

Rock Bridge player hits unexpected home run in win against Smith-Cotton

Sophomore Ryan Phillips already drove in four runners on three singles, but in his fifth at bat, he sent a high fastball flying over the left field fence — a feat uncommon in high school baseball.

Boone County under tornado watch

MU secret societies unveil new initiates at Tap Day

Weather couldn't deter MU's honor societies from holding Tap Day, which was held at Jesse Auditorium Friday.

UPDATE: White House confirms Obama will visit Macon on Wednesday

The White House confirmed Friday that President Barack Obama will visit Macon on Wednesday as part of a two-day Midwestern swing.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Mother Nature's disasters always get our attention

Panelists discuss the Iceland volcano eruption, as well as the Haitian and Chinese earthquakes, and how natural disasters take a toll on the world.

Missouri State University faculty considers unionization

The Faculty Senate at Missouri State University are exploring the idea of unionization.

Missouri lawmakers gamble on lottery ads for education

State House and Senate members agreed Thursday to boost advertising for the Missouri Lottery. By increasing next year's advertising funding by $8 million, the lawmakers hope to generate more funds for education.

Recycled shingle-asphalt mixture used to pave Missouri roads

MoDot says by using recyled materials to pave roads, the state saved more than $20 million last year.

Powerball winner from Marshall has 'a weight lifted' by winnings

Chris Shaw, 29, came forward Thursday as the winner of the 10th-largest Powerball jackpot ever.

Federal charges dropped against man who ran over deer

Jarrod Hayn, 38, of Kampsville, Ill., recorded and sold video of himself running over deer with his pickup truck.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What school programs are most important and should remain?

State budget cuts threaten Columbia school programs with reduced funding and potential elimination.

Missouri center for troubled boys sued for alleged rape

A parent is suing Turnaround Ranch, a treatment center west of Joplin. She says her son was molested and raped and then the assaults went unreported to authorities.

GUEST COLUMN: Getting financial reform right

Financial reform needs to be done well and with a focus on small communitities. If the bill is passed the way it is written now, credit will be less available for consumers and small businesses and non-banks will lack protection.

Cleanup Columbia volunteers may be picking in the rain

Leigh Britt, a volunteer coordinator for the City of Columbia, encourages the 200-plus groups that registered to not reschedule their shift.