Analysis: Missouri school bus seat belt debate returns

The recent bus crash near St. Louis has renewed interest in replacing school districts' fleets with buses that have lap and shoulder harness seat belts.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you support the lawsuit protesting the Missouri law that restricts the adult entertainment industry?

Edwards can't catch Keselowski at Michigan race

Columbia native Edwards and rival Brad Keselowski raced side-to-side for a large portion of Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway without incident. Both drivers are on probation for a high-profile confrontation at Gateway International Raceway last month.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri State Fair 2010

On Sunday, fairgoers enjoyed rides, strolled by the vendors and tried out the rock climbing wall. The Missouri State Fair continues through Aug. 22. in Sedalia.


KU's Perkins runs up big bills on private planes

University of Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins billed the athletics department more than $150,000 for 22 flights on university-owned and leased planes from July 2008 to May 2010. In February 2009, Perkins flew from Lawrence to Columbia by executive-style jet to attend the men's basketball game against Missouri.

City to hold first hearings on 2011 budget proposal

A $385.5 million budget proposal from City Manager Bill Watkins is entering the public hearing phase. The first of those hearings is Monday at 6 p.m.

Facebook, blogs add nuances, nuisances for parents

Parents are starting to reconsider what personal information they post on blogs and on social networking sites, such as Facebook, out of concern for their children's safety and privacy.

Man accused of sexually assaulting 3-year-old niece

Police arrested Justin Tyler Lane, 20, on Friday. As of Sunday morning, he was being held on $500,000 bond.

Low oxygen levels near Table Rock Dam threaten trout industry

Missouri Conservation Department fisheries biologist Shane Bush said the fish need oxygen levels at least 6 parts per million to thrive, but in late summer and fall, levels coming out of Table Rock Dam can drop as low as 2 parts per million.

Missouri public defender offices face caseload crunch

The Carthage office that serves the 29th and 40th judicial districts notified judges and prosecutors that it was exceeding its caseload limit. Thirteen other public defender offices in Missouri have issued notices of "impending unavailability."

Missouri's farmers may soon be up to their ears in corn

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is predicting a record corn harvest for 2010.

Woman injured in ATV accident

A woman's four-wheeler flipped over while she was riding on a trail at Finger Lakes State Park, authorities said.

Missouri State Fair hosts Homegrown Heroes Day

A Columbia landscaper was among the visitors to the event on Sunday, and shared his story with the Missourian about his decision to join the National Guard. At 39, Juan Calle will be among the oldest of the new recruits.