Missouri football team testing talent at strong safety

Jarrell Harrison and Kenji Jackson talk with defensive coordinator Dave Steckel during a morning preseason practice this August.

Missouri football players Jarrell Harrison and Kenji Jackson are competing for the starting spot at strong safety. They both have starting experience and can boast similar skills. The Tigers coaches say they are stressing consistency in their preseason evaluations.

Les Bourgeois Winery builds new facility

Les Bourgeois Winery at Rocheport has far outgrown itself and is expanding its wine-making facility. The old winery will be turned into a wine education area to accommodate tours, tourists and students.

MU student killed in motorcycle crash

Caitlin Valora, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, authorities said. The crash happened at E. Nifong Boulevard and State Farm Parkway around 11 a.m.

Daniel Boone Little League falls to 1-2 in regional play

The Daniel Boone Little League American All-Stars lost 7-1 to Iowa on Monday at the Midwest Regional Tournament in Indianapolis. The Columbia team can make the semifinals with a win on Tuesday.

UPDATE: One adult, two children injured in rollover crash

One child was thrown from the Chevy S-10, and the driver was pinned beneath the truck.

Santa thwarted in attempts to catch cunning raccoon

A raccoon whom Gary Mitchell has named Houdini has been eluding his attempts to catch her all summer. Three times she has escaped from a trap, but that doesn't deter Mitchell from trying to relocate her.

Bikers roundup charity donates more than 33 tons of food

God's Wheels, the motorcycle ministry and official charity of the National Bikers Roundup, helped collect 66,563 pounds of food during the roundup held this past week in Columbia. The food was given to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri to serve 32 counties.

Attendance for National Bikers Roundup lower than expected

Estimates for turnout varied, with numbers as high as 25,000 and as low as 15,000. Organizers had previously expected 35,000.

Heat index expected to hit 115 in Missouri, Kansas

The extreme temperatures are expected to last all week.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should immigration officials practice selective deportation?

Although the Obama administration did increase overall deportation of illegal immigrants in 2009, students who came to the United States without papers as children are being spared.

Excessive heat warning in effect until Thursday

An excessive heat warning for parts of Missouri and Illinois, including Columbia, will be in effect until late Thursday.

New Catholic high school receives $1 million pledge challenge

An anonymous family has pledged $1 million to the new Catholic high school being built in Columbia if fundraisers can reach the $12 million mark.

College tour guides play increasingly key role

There was a time when little thought was put into campus tours for prospective students. Today, tour guides at colleges and universities play important roles in the recruitment process. And students have to work to show they're up to the job.

UPDATE: Missouri House representative accused of threatening rival's aide

Missouri House member Brian Nieves has been accused of threatening an aide to a Republican opponent in last week's state Senate primary.

Sen. McCaskill touting border security measures

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is touting a $600 million plan to increase security along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Sign-up period for farm conservation program nears

Missouri farmers can hear details of the 2010 Conservation Reserve Program at meetings being held around the state this week, starting Monday in Columbia.

Fixing up college students' homes can be a dirty business

Maintenance crews getting rentals ready for new tenants sometimes have to have strong stomachs and lots of garbage bags.

MU Health Care to host free skin cancer screenings

The MU Health Care Department is scheduled to host free skin cancer screenings at the Missouri State Fair from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event's goal is to both educate the public on skin cancer and detect early signs of the disease.

Three East Columbia road projects approved

The Federal Highway Administration approved three road projects, including a $40 million Stadium Boulevard extension, but the Missouri Department of Transportation doesn't have the money to begin any of them yet.

Stolen vehicle might have been used in motorcycle theft

A white van was reported stolen Saturday afternoon after a similar vehicle was seen near the hotel where two Suzuki motorcycles were stolen.