2010 Boone County Fair Little Mister and Miss

As each participant introduces herself, Juliana Clemens, left, and Cecilia Consiglio play with their pinwheels to keep occupied at the Little Mister and Miss Boone County contest on Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. There were 20 contestants and two rounds of judging.

Ashton Kidd, 5, won Little Mister and Cierra UrQuieta, 5, won Little Miss.

COLUMN: A little gun control would be good for America

While the United States can take a grain of pride in providing the world with the Big Mac, slackening gun laws are not a trend we should take pride in.

COLUMN: An unbalanced state budget is what Missouri needs to grow

A balanced budget sounds like a good idea but for the dark times ahead packed in the "anti-stimulus" cloud rolling toward Columbia, we should spend smart now, even if it means deeper deficit. 

House approves additional jobless benefits

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation as soon as he gets it.

UPDATE: Checks are coming; Obama signs unemployment bill

The bill reauthorizes federally financed unemployment benefits through the end of November.

BP's leaky oil well to stay corked during storm

The oil well cap will stay closed despite evacuations from the Deepwater Horizon site during a tropical storm.

Players enjoy Douglass Youth Baseball's fun atmosphere

Douglass Youth Baseball promotes a fun, non-competitive environment for boys and girls ages 5-14. The league finished its 15th season this week.

Federal grant to target tobacco, obesity in Missouri

The Missouri Foundation for Health was awarded a Social Innovation Fund grant to use to reduce obesity and tobacco use in low-income communities.

Clinic helps vision impaired take a swing at golf

Eight people with impaired vision got the opportunity to learn the game of golf at an adapted golf clinic held Wednesday by MU School of Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy at Perche Creek Golf Club.

PHOTO GALLERY: Second day of the Boone County Fair

During the second day of the Boone County Fair, the Mulekicker Cloggers performed, attendees enjoyed rides and a new fair queen was crowned.

Man has $500,000 bond after trespassing complaint

Emas C. Bennett was charged with burglary in the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

High E. coli levels close swimming beach at Finger Lakes State Park

Finger Lakes State Park is closed this weekend because of E. coli levels measured at six times the Department of Natural Resources' standard levels.

Arch Rivalry Game tickets available starting Friday

A limited number of tickets are available to the Missouri football team's 2010 season opener against Illinois on Sept. 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and will go on sale starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

Columbia Transit to test new bus routes Sunday; service to be suspended

Columbia Transit said buses would not be in service this Sunday because it is scheduled to test its new bus routes that are planned to begin in August.

Pigs race for victory, dessert at the Boone County Fair

An Oreo cookie on a silver platter is the prize for the fastest pig. Squilly Nelson took the cookie in the race themed The Battle of the Bands.

MU alumni aim to rename Maryland Avenue to reflect school spirit

MU spokesman Christian Basi said officials hope to have the name changed by late September. The City Council must approve the change.

UPDATE: House Democrats set aside $20 million for ads

Air time has been reserved for 40 of the party's closest campaigns and to defend vulnerable incumbents, including House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri.

Boone County residents look forward to extended unemployment benefits

Three mid-Missouri residents share how being out of work has affected their lives. 

Bike camp helps special needs riders 'lose the training wheels'

Thirteen children and young adults with special needs learned to ride bikes this week.

Update: Children involved in College Avenue accident sustained minor injuries

The two children involved in a three-car accident Wednesday were originally reported in critical condition. Today it was confirmed that they sustained minor injuries, not life threatening ones.