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TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you plan to vote in the Aug. 3 primary election?

Boone County will be voting on several elected positions and a controversial ballot measure this Tuesday.

UPDATE: Missouri auditor releases higher education reviews

The audits focused on a college construction plan that called for a $350 million transfer from MOHELA and on coordination within the Department of Higher Education.

COLUMN: Get out and vote on Tuesday

Voters face choices in county, state and federal races, and on Proposition C, which would exempt Missourians from participating in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

COLUMN: Instant replay takes the human element out of officiating sports

If the players are allowed to make mistakes during the game, officials should be able to as well.

GetAbout Columbia trail projects delayed, but progressing

Several trails in Columbia are nearing completion, though others are still not ready for bikers and runners.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wednesday in pictures at the Boone County Fair

Events at the fair included figure-8 races and animal shows.

Boone County Sheriff's Department to conduct sobriety checkpoint

The checkpoint will begin at about 11 p.m. on the selected day and end at about 3 a.m. the following day.

City Manager Bill Watkins presents 2011 budget proposal

The city's financial picture is stable as a result of good foresight, said City Manager Bill Watkins. Future stability will depend on preparing for trouble yet to come.

GUEST COLUMN: 'Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act' would restrict responsible owners

A Missouri hobby breeder explains the proposed legislation and why it might harm dogs more than it helps them.

Racing a family event for figure-eight competitors at Boone County Fair

Aric Bremer and his father-in-law Billy Hendren brought their families together Wednesday night at the Boone County Fair to participate in the figure-eight race. 

Known suspects, more patrols result from recent shootings

Police say they "know" who is responsible for the string of recent shootings and have added patrols to two areas to deter further violence.

Missouri sprint car racer to be feted at Door Banger Nationals

The second annual Door Banger Nationals is a two-night event at the Boone County Fair, featuring a figure-eight race on Wednesday and an oval track sprint car race on Thursday.

Hands-only CPR, pushy dispatchers are lifesavers

Two new studies conclude that "hand-only" chest compression is enough to save a life. Also, more bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if they are given firm instructions from an emergency dispatcher and if they can skip the mouth-to-mouth.

MOHELA grants $30 million in scholarships to offset Access Missouri cuts

The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority pledged $30 million to Access Missouri funds for the 2010-11 school year. The aid for MU freshman is now $380 less than the average of $1,330 orginally estimated.

UPDATE: Software lets soldier in Afghanistan view daughter's birth in Missouri

Army Capt. David Cooper was in Afghanistan when his daughter was born in Missouri. But thanks to technology, he was able to not only witness the birth but help coach  his wife through labor.

LETTER: John Sam Williamson

Duane Sicht of Ashland says John Sam Williamson is a true Boone Countian.

100 days of oil: Gulf life will never be the same

The April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig has changed life along the Gulf Coast. Here are some of the stories of what the last 100 days have been like for the people who call the area home.

Software lets soldier in Afghanistan see daughter's birth in Missouri

Video conferencing software allowed David Cooper to be laptop-to-face with his wife, Laurie, through the birth of Charlotte Rose at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Hypnotist entertains crowd with magic and mind power

Ray Thompson uses a process similar to highway hypnosis, which he calls "mentalism," to have fun with audiences at the Boone County Fair.

Devil's Icebox Cave tours canceled

The cancellation of tours in the fall is a precautionary measure against the spread of a deadly fungus among bats.

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