Flooding continues around Missouri

The Missouri River was falling Monday from peak levels of last week, but moderate flooding continued in the northwest corner of the state.

Three injured in suburban Kansas City while assembling fireworks

Three people have been hurt as they tried to create a massive firework in the Kansas City suburb of Raytown.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources urges caution with lawn chemicals

Environmental officials say chemicals should not be used when rain is in the forecast.

Supreme Court extends gun owner rights nationwide

The Supreme Court on Monday split, 5-4, along ideological lines in a case involving restrictive gun laws in Chicago.

Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia dead at 92

Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. He had been in the hospital since late last week.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Missouri execution case appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear Joseph Franklin's case exhausted the white supremacist's chances of appeal. The convicted killer had protested his pending execution, calling Missouri's death penalty method unconstitutional. An attorney for several death row inmates, Jennifer Herndon, disagreed, however, and said another lawsuit questioning the legality of Missouri's fatal three-drug cocktail is still pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Paws lighten tension of governing in Congress

Many employees on Capitol Hill work with their dogs underfoot.

After 50 years, Missouri barber gives final haircut

Bob Arens gave his final haircut at Arens Appointment Barber Shop in Mexico, Mo. He retired because of health issues.

UPDATE: Four injured in hydrogen explosion at Schweitzer Hall

A 2,000-pound hydrogen tank exploded, injuring four people who were in the building. The Columbia Fire Department has not released the names of the victims or whether they were students or faculty. The building was evacuated and the fire was contained in about 10 minutes.

Four people injured in explosion at MU

Four were injured — one critically — when a 2,000-pound hydrogen cylinder exploded at Schweitzer Hall at MU, near the intersection of College and University.

Kansas City planetarium gets new projection system

With help from the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, a new projector was created -- at a fraction of the cost of a commercial one. Managers of the Gottlieb Planetarium hope the new equipment will breathe new life into its programs. 

Classmates in St. Louis say Facebook no substitute for reunions

Organizers of school reunions feared Facebook and other social networking sites could take the place of going to events, but classmates said using the websites just gets the small talk out of the way when they meet in person.

Major case squad investigates Cape Girardeau fatal shooting

A shooting in Cape Girardeau Saturday has been taken by the Cape Girardeau and Bollinger County Major Case Squad for investigation. It is currently looking for information from people who saw or spoke with the victim before his death.

Missouri State University to honor first black applicant at commencement

The first black applicant to Missouri State University was denied admission in 1950. This summer, Mary Jean Price will be given an honorary bachelor's degree at the summer commencement.

Missouri college honors its first black applicant

Sixty years after she was denied admission to an all-white college in Missouri, Mary Jean Price, whose last name has changed to Walls, will be honored with an honorary bachelor's degree at the summer commencement on July 30.

Historic houses face demolition despite hunts for alternatives

Six bungalows will be demolished Monday, despite pleas by the Historic Preservation Commission to keep the Craftsman-style buildings. But, for some, the loss is offset by the use of a city rule that calls for notification before buildings are demolished.  This case is the first  such one since the ordinance  was approved in 2008.

UPDATE: Latest boil order lifted for northeast Columbia

The area had been under a precautionary boil order since Friday, when a 12-inch water main on Mexico Gravel Road broke because of a construction accident.



PHOTO PACKAGE: Mustang and Ford Car Show

Seventy-one cars competed for honors Sunday in the Mustang and Ford Car Show at the Parkade Center. Friends caught up with one another, and viewers had the chance to check out the cars up close.

Coach brings 'infectious passion' to Columbia Swim Club

Columbia native Phil Garverick, who has swam for Hickman and MU, is keeping his love for swimming alive as head coach of the Columbia Swim Club.

Rain-Central Missouri participants aim to raise understanding of HIV and AIDS

More than 3 million people die of AIDS each year. In attempt to raise awareness and debunk stigmas about those with HIV and AIDS, Rain-Central Missouri holds the Salute to Life Walk each year.