COLUMN: The statehouse newspaper reporter is an endangered species

News budget cuts and a shrinking statehouse press corps may reduce accountability in state government.

COLUMN: First time father of the bride: It helps if you’re a lawyer

Using his training as a lawyer, Michael Jonathan Grinfeld navigates through the minefield that is preparing for a modern wedding.

Columbia NCAA Softball Super Regional Info

No. 9 overall seed Missouri is appearing in the NCAA super regional round for the third straight season and sixth time overall. Missouri will play Oregon who upset No. 8 overall seed Georgia Tech in their regional.

COLUMN: First time father of the bride: What about the boy?

As the bride begins to build her future with her new husband, her father reflects on the relationship he has built with his daughter over the past 30-some years and contemplates the forthcoming relationship with his son-in-law.

Rock Bridge distance runner is track team’s unlikely leader

Caleb Wilfong will be competing in three events for Rock Bridge at this weekend's state track and field championships. Wilfong is the second seed in the 1600-meter run after having the second best time in the state at sectionals last weekend.

LETTER: It's time to rethink marijuana laws in this country

The SWAT team drug raid in February should make us question why our laws still consider marijuana use or possession as such a large criminal offense.

Nixon orders flags at half-staff for Pfc. Fingar

A release from the governor's office said flags will be at half staff in Missouri on May 31, the day of Pfc. Jason Fingar's funeral. Flags in Boone County will remain at half-staff for the following week.

ESPN will broadcast Oregon-Missouri softball

LETTER: Truth is squashed by today's journalism

Grinfeld's column on Sunday fails to address drug addiction, the deteriorating politics in Mexico and other important issues that American journalism overlooks. Instead, he focuses on Missouri and Arizona.

Positive attitude leads Hickman bowling team to state finals

Hickman, which fielded a bowling team for the first time this year, will send eight bowlers to this year's state tournament.

LETTER: Senate bill will make our nation energy independent

The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act will support a clean-energy economy and help ensure national security.

Rock Bridge sophomore quietly sparks girls soccer team

A midseason addition from the junior varsity, sophomore Lexi Bumby has proved to be a major asset in the Rock Bridge girls soccer team's postseason run.

Columbia man arrested after aiming loaded rifle at family

Authorities said that Jimmy Behrle was drunk when he called the police, later resulting in his arrest.

City buys four more homes in hopes of neighborhood stabilization

The City of Columbia has purchased foreclosed homes with the intent to rehab them within the next year.

Rock Bridge boys track team off to a fast start at state meet

WWII flier reminisces at air show practice run

Salute to Veterans 22nd annual airshow invited local veterans to watch as pilots practiced for the weekend's airshow.  Navy veteran Ed Brown recalls his time as a pilot and the recognition WWII veterans are receiving. 

Photos of the week: May 23-28

Mo. tries again to win federal education grant

Missouri is trying again to win a share of federal grant money for the state education program by submitting a new application.

Church board says charges against Boonville priest appear credible

The Rev. Thomas Seifner remains on administrative leave because a Diocesan Review Board deemed that the allegations of sexual abuse of a minor appear to be credible. However, the Cooper County Sheriff's Department has not looked into the allegations because a victim has not come forward.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Who should be accountable for oil spill cleanup?

President Barack Obama insisted that his administration has been "in charge," yet many critics argued that the government's response was slow and unsuccessful in prompting BP to act in a timely manner. Is it time for the federal government to take control, or should this oil leak be BP's mess to clean up?