MU research farm, local business testing biomass compressor

Jesse VanEngelenhoven pours corn stalks into a biomass compactor during a demonstration of the machine Wednesday at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center.

The machine produces tablets of corncobs, wood and grasses to be burned as fuel. Benefits of using compacted biomass include decreased carbon dioxide emissions and lower transportation costs for hauling the same amount of material.

COLUMN: Conversations about Texas are bigger

A look at why people who are from the Lone Star State love telling you why they are

Goshen Church in Hartsburg near recovery from vandalism

Members of Goshen Primitive Baptist Church in Hartsburg are nearly finished repairing the tombstones damaged by vandals June 26-27.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Obesity in Missouri

A report on the scope of the obesity problem in Missouri from the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Departing CEO: Missouri Theatre needs $1 million to regain footing

In an interview after announcing his retirement as chief executive officer of the Missouri Theatre, Eric Staley said the theater needs more money and a structural reorganization.

State primary voter registration deadline is Wednesday

Registration is required for first-time voters and new Missouri residents, and for people who have changed their address or name.

The week in comments: Tanning tax, BP oil spill, YouZeum, rural broadband

Every week, readers of offer their opinions on the news and the Missourian's coverage of it. Here, we offer you a digest of some of the conversations we found most interesting, including highlights of the 24 comments offered on a column about the oil spill.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What can Columbia do to address gun violence?

Columbia police said the three recent incidents of shots fired are related, but they have not identified a reason behind the sudden increase of gun violence.

Body likely belonged to man missing since May, examiner says

A medical examiner said the body, suspected to be Edward Acosta's, suffered injuries consistent with a fall.

Missouri residents say there's hope in small-scale wind power

Most wind energy is generated on large-scale farms, but if it were produced at a smaller home or business level, residents say that could lead to self-sufficency for those involved.

Therapeutic service dog helps soothe Missouri preschool students

Waco, a Labrador Retriever, works with the students at the Youth In Need Head Start preschool in Wentzville, helping them remain calm and focused in the classroom.

Pilots N Paws uses ground, air to find animals homes

The SEMO Animal Rescue Alliance finds pilots to volunteer their time to fly animals from shelters to new homes, even if they are hundreds of miles away.

Missouri ranked 49th nationally in Learfield Sports Director's Cup

Former Missouri baseball player Bond selected for Triple-A All-Star Game

Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube to perform for Blue Note's 30th anniversary

Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube plan to bring their “How the West Was One” tour to Columbia on Friday, July 30, to celebrate of The Blue Note’s 30th anniversary. 



North Missouri teen dies in tractor accident

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Curtis D. Stallo of Salisbury.