UPDATE: Columbia under heat advisory as temperatures climb

Eleven-year-old Mezzie Anderson pours a cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade at the lemonade stand she and Kayla Wingate ran from the Anderson's house on Range Line Street. Tessa Anderson, Mezzie's mother, said the lemonade stand was entirely Mezzie's idea. "She said 'It's summer, I want some money. How about a lemonade stand?'"

This week's forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s with heat index levels that will make it feel even hotter. The National Weather Service suggests taking measures to prevent injury, and Columbia has set up cooling centers around the city.

GUEST COLUMN: Let the punishment for BP, its CEO fit the crime

BP was negligent in preparing its oil-spill response plan and has downplayed the impact of the oil spill. BP CEO Tony Hayward complains that he wants his life back, but neither he nor BP deserve any relief.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should firing squad executions be legal?

The execution of a Utah man by gunshot has renewed questions about capital punishment.

Rivers remain high in Missouri

Concerns for levees and farm crops are rising with the river levels due to near-constant precipitation in June.

LETTER: There was nothing funny about the MU cotton ball incident, only hatred

There's a big difference in losing our sense of humor and letting people get away with hate crimes and racism.

Attorney General's brief argues against Ferguson appeal

The Missouri Attorney General's Office filed another brief arguing against a new trial for Ryan Ferguson.

GUEST COMMENTARY: First step to the Gulf oil crisis is to stop the leak, not advance legislation

The second step is to figure out what happened and take the steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Columbia City Council postpones Stadium Boulevard proposal

Concerns for neighborhood accessibility and addressing pedestrian friendly solutions to construction prompted Mayor Bob McDavid to table street construction for four weeks.

Charrette participants express interest in enhancing entrance to downtown

Further meetings with the H3 design team indicate charrette participants favor hotels, green space and honoring the city's history.

Trial begins for woman charged in connection with 2004 killing of husband

A lengthy jury selection took place on Monday for the trial of Tausha L. Fields, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Mitchell Kemp.

Three Columbia homes reported burglarized in past eight days

The home burglaries took place on Stanton Drive and Forest Glenn Drive.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting girl

Columbia police arrested Joseph Edward Dudziak yesterday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female.



Historical society seeks commitment for proposed museum site

The Missouri State Historical Society has created a first draft of a memo of understanding to discuss a proposed site for a new museum with the city and the MU.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia's Registered Sex Offenders

Through the state patrol's database, you can find out if there is a registered sex offender near your home or school.

UPDATE: In Missouri, Petraeus tells Korean War vets they are remembered

Gen. David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, was the keynote speaker  Monday at an event marking the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. He praised the 1.8 million Americans who served for stepping into a conflict in a land few knew existed or how important it would be for decades to come.


Smoky odor prompts plane evacuation at Kansas City airport

After a safe landing, 104 passengers evacuated a jetliner when a smoke-like odor raised suspicions.

Robin Carnahan: Congressional records should be public

Robin Carnahan called for an expansion of the federal Freedom of Information Act during a cross-state campaign swing in which she criticized the corporate culture of Washington and her likely Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt.

Whiteman AFB to be control base for drone airplanes

U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton said Monday the Air Force has decided to make the base a ground control station for its MQ-1 Predator. The airplanes are used primarily for reconnaissance missions and are operated by pilots who remain on the ground.

USDA stops using beetles vs. invasive saltcedar

Missouri joins 12 other states in ending a program that uses beetles to combat spread of saltcedar trees.

UPDATE: Air conditioning back on at St. Louis senior complex

After a week without air conditiong, residents at the Cochran Towers complex received relief with the arrival of a replacement for a broken part.