UPDATE: Florida pastor cancels Quran-burning, then reconsiders

The Rev. Terry Jones,  who announced plans to burn the Quran on Saturday but then backed off, now says his plans are suspended, not canceled. He says a Muslim leader lied to him about the cancellation of plans to build a mosque at ground zero, but Imam Muhammad Musri says he promised Jones only that the would meet with the iman overseeing the plans in New York.


Mounting costs have Columbia pondering changes to police, fire pension plans

Low return on investments and other flawed assumptions have forced the city of Columbia to increase contributions to the police and fire pension fund. The city is considering several strategies to reverse the trend.

GEORGE KENNEDY: It's been nine years since our last day of peace

On Sept. 10, 2001, life was normal, and terrorism seemed to be the last thing on everyone's mind.

Missouri festival draws tomato enthusiasts from all over

Around 600 people attended the festival, where 78 varieties of tomatoes and 44 types of peppers were sampled and rated.

Freshman tailback marks first game with Missouri football team

Missouri freshman tailback Henry Josey was told the night before the season's first game he might get a chance to play. He said he spent a lot of time thinking and reflecting once the possibility of playing became real.

Five Missouri men accused of keeping woman as sex slave

Prosecutors describe the woman, now 24, as mentally deficient. They allege the abuse began when the woman was a minor.

Columbia police respond to hit-and-run at West Worley Street and Park de Ville Drive

An 11-year-old riding a bicycle was struck by a car and transported to University Hospital. Columbia police are still looking for the driver who left the scene.

Mexico goat goes for $2,500, to be goodwill ambassador

Billy's new buddies, Donkey and Donkey, were purchased by the "Free Billy" group in Mexico on an impulse. "They wanted the three amigos to be together," said group representative Charles Heller.

LETTER: Tasers prove too dangerous, vote to make Conducted Electrical Devices unlawful

Voting Yes on Proposition 2 could change Taser use in Columbia. 

Rock Bridge football team set for powerful opponent

Hazelwood Central has won the past two Class 6 state football championships and is the state’s No. 2-ranked team this season. Rock Bridge lines up against the Pirates on Saturday in Florissant.

Multiple thefts from cars under investigation in Columbia

Six thefts from unlocked, parked cars have been reported in the past two days.

One person injured in rollover accident

Two vehicles were involved in the collision at Nifong Boulevard and Hyde Park Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Hickman soccer player excels in many fields

In the Kewpies' soccer game Thursday night against visiting Raymore-Peculiar, Andy Atkins scored on a penalty kick to send Hickman on its way to a 4-1 victory. This summer, Atkins was invited to spend a week in Washington D.C. representing his state at Boys Nation.


Hard for alum to pick sides at Rock Bridge volleyball game

Laurie Painter is a Columbia resident and a former Rock Bridge athlete, but she now teaches sixth grade in Boonville and says she enjoys following the Pirates, who were the Bruins' opponents Thursday night.

Eid-al-Fitr marks end of Ramadan

A celebration to mark the end of Ramadan will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

State’s first Women’s and Children’s Hospital celebrates grand opening

MU's Women’s and Children’s Hospital will host an open house with tours from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Accident reported on Stadium and I-70 West

The accident occurred Thursday. Both drivers said they had yellow lights.

State conservation federation celebrates 75 years

Bill Crawford, the only living member from the Missouri Conservation Federation founding meeting in 1935, will speak at the federation's 75th anniversary celebration Friday.

Signs of corrosion on Gateway Arch in St. Louis

A 2006 report mentioned possible corrosion, and today signs of rust are apparent on photographs of the Arch. A corrosion investigation, which will address the problems, was recently funded but has not yet begun.

Domestic violence task force to review law and propose amendments

Colleen Coble, who pushed for the task force, and state Rep. Chris Kelly of Columbia are two members of a panel appointed to review and recommend changes to Missouri's laws against domestic violence.