Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Central Missouri commencement

Former President Bill Clinton speaks to the graduating class of the University of Central Missouri on Friday during commencement in the Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg. Clinton spoke about the importance of energy efficiency and global interdependence.

Clinton discussed energy problems faced by the modern world at the 6 p.m. commencement ceremony Friday.

Coast Guard closes stretch of Mississippi River outside Memphis

The vice president of a waterways operations group compared the Mississippi River shutdown to closing every bridge going over the river, which would halt railroad and vehicle traffic.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Are you satisfied with Missouri's proposed 2012 budget?

The 2012 budget has been approved by Missouri lawmakers. Gov. Jay Nixon now must review the $23 billion budget and sign off on it.

DEAR READER: America has a right to see the bin Laden photos

President Obama should release the photographs because the images are a period on a long, rambling story of hurt and destruction.

Missouri men's basketball coaching staff adds Matt Lawrence, Toby Lane

A former Missouri men's basketball player and an associate director of basketball operations from Miami will join Missouri's coaching staff.

J. KARL MILLER: A civilized nation does not need photos of bin Laden's death

As a combat veteran, one who has experienced the horrific and tragic deaths of friend and foe alike, I am appalled by anyone who would advocate the display of a dead enemy as a trophy of war.

Barge traffic shut down at Caruthersville

Barge traffic was closed on a section of the Mississippi River in fear that the wake from barges could increase flood risks.

Hickman track and field team competes in last meet of regular season

The Kewpies will participate in district meets next Saturday at Rock Bridge High School.

Seniors symbolically rejoin real world through MU Columns

At the MU Senior Sendoff held at 4 p.m. Friday, more than 1,700 class of 2011 graduates crowded onto Francis Quadrangle and squeezed through the MU Columns.


Hickman bats overpower Troy-Buchanan

The Hickman baseball team had quite the offensive day, scoring 14 runs on 12 hits. Power was key for the Kewpies, who had five home runs, including two by freshman Colby Fitch.

Woman falls onto city parking garage canopy

It has not been confirmed to be a suicide, but officers will review security footage to find out exactly what happened.

Missouri runner Dixon hasn't peaked yet

Missouri senior Aaron Dixon is hitting his stride at the right time. He won two events at the Drake Relays last week and is preparing for the Big 12 Championships.

UPDATE: Police arrest man on suspicion of aggravated stalking

Keith Brodie was arrested in Pulaski County late Thursday night after being accused of sending threatening e-mails and text messages to his ex-girlfriend and her relatives.

Finally — a little relief at the pumps in Columbia

The drop in price of crude oil has led to a 10-cent drop in local gas prices.

MU's weed identification system gets revamped

A new interactive weed identification Web tool from MU Extension was created to help users identify plants.

Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity builds 100th home

The home will be dedicated on Saturday, and the ceremony will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. outside of the home, located at 2507 Emery Drive.

Rooster roams downtown Columbia

A rooster has been spotted roaming around downtown Columbia.

Public Works to conduct sewer smoke testing Tuesday

A team of two to four workers will blow a nontoxic, odorless white smoke into a manhole from 7-8 a.m. in the alley between Broadway and Walnut Street from Eighth Street to Ninth Street.

High monotony

On Record Store Day, music lovers of all genres and levels of obsession flock to the remaining independent record stores to listen to, talk about, purchase and argue about music.



Letter carriers to hold annual food drive in Columbia

Residents can leave nonperishable food items by their mailboxes on May 14, and letter carriers from the United States Postal Service will pick them up as part of an annual food drive.