UPDATE: 2 Missouri initiative petitions qualify for ballot

One of the initiative petitions that qualified for the November ballot would place new restrictions on dog breeders. The other would require voters in Kansas City and St. Louis to decide whether to keep those cities' earnings taxes.

KC district loses charter school funding appeal

The Missouri Supreme Court rejected the Kansas City school district's challenge to the way charter schools are funded in the state. The school district sued over a 2005 law that provides for state funding of charter schools.

Michigan voters deciding on gubernatorial, congressional races

The seven men running for Michigan governor head into Tuesday's primary election hoping to swing enough undecided voters to make the difference in closely fought races on both sides.

St. Louis hosting 'The Other Guys' premiere

The premiere will be Thursday at Wehrenberg Theatres' Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine. St. Louis was chosen in a Facebook poll over five other cities .

Barges break loose, hit Mississippi River bridge in Hannibal

Authorities in Hannibal say the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River appears sound after being struck by runaway barges.

UMKC's education school gets commitment for $1 million gift

UMKC officials say the commitment is the largest by an individual in the education school's history.

Columbia under excessive heat warning

Columbia is under an excessive heat warning, according to the National Weather Service.

Citizens Review Board to discuss appeal from California

Ed Rosenthal, the California marijuana activist who was the first person to file an appeal with the Citizens Police Review Board, plans to try to speak to the board Wednesday night.

The Week in Comments: Short skirts, Proposition C, Social Security

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.

Columbia volunteers continue to work for progress in Haiti

While recovery efforts in Haiti creep forward more than six months after an earthquake, Columbia residents are jumping to the front lines to lend a hand. Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, with 80 percent of the population living under the poverty line before the quake struck. More than 200,000 people were killed, and an estimated 1.5 million Haitians were left homeless.

Columbia School Board to vote on contractor bids

With groundbreaking past, the next step in building Columbia's next public high school is to approve which contractors will take part in the project.

Warren Funeral Chapel lawsuit no longer a class action

Kathy Johnson's 2008 lawsuit against Warren Funeral Chapel over the mishandling of her mother's remains became a class action in February 2009. A judge ruled Monday that because each plaintiff has different allegations against the chapel, the suit should not be class action.

Roundup biker traffic, primary election day could cause extra traffic

The primary election polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, and the National Bikers Roundup begins at 9 a.m. Although polling locations do not anticipate a major interference, the city has taken measures to re-route traffic.

How to be sure you're prepared to vote Aug. 3

Heat indexes expected to reach 105 Tuesday and Wednesday

A heat advisory was issued for Columbia for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Young Skillet Camp is a plate of fun topped with experience, education

"Skilleteers" learn to cook, garden and film one other as part of a free three-week summer camp for children in Columbia's First Ward.

Proposal could ban alcohol in three downtown Columbia parks

A Columbia Police Department officer wrote a proposal that would ban alcohol in three downtown parks. The proposed ordinance comes after a group of Columbia residents filed complaints. Currently, there is no part of city code prohibiting alcohol in parks.

Letter: Proposition C will increase insurance premiums, take away individuals' rights to choose their insurance

Letter writer says Missourians should vote no on Proposition C, and should stand strong for reform and for building a healthier and more prosperous Missouri.

Hunter orientation and registration sessions start in August

Police remind citizens to be aware of scams

Officers saw four incidents in June and three in July involving fraudulent checks and money orders.