PHOTO GALLERY: 9th Street Summerfest begins

Frederick "Toots" Hibbert performs on the outdoor stage of the 9th Street Summerfest on Wednesday. Toots and the Maytals headlined the event and were supported by local band Man in the Ring and Honey Island Swamp Band from New Orleans.

9th Street Summerfest kicked off Wednesday. 

Gabbert part of Jaguars' team workout

Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was taken as the 10th pick of the NFL Draft by Jacksonville, was among 28 Jaguars players to work out together for the first time. 

KARL MILLER: Photo IDs for voters — why not?

Photo identification is a necessity for obtaining the ability to vote.

McBaine levee under repair as Missouri River flood looms

A 300-foot portion of the 11-mile-long levee has fallen into Perche Creek. Work began Monday to construct a new section of the levee. The repair should be finished before forecast floods of 27 feet to 33 feet on the Missouri River reach the area.

Columbia Star Dinner Train to take reservations soon

Winter weather hindered the historic train's completion, but contractors are now putting the finishing touches on the Columbia Star Dinner Train. Although there's still plenty to organize and prep, crews expect it'll be ready for the rails in a few weeks.

MU softball pitcher Chelsea Thomas receives two more honors

Thomas was named to the 2011 Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team and nominated for the United State Sports Academy's May Athlete of the Month. 

Two Missouri players picked to try out for USA men's basketball squad

Missouri men's basketball players Marcus Denmon and Kim English were selected take part in a training camp to form a team to represent the United States in the 2011 World University Games men's basketball competition in Shenzhen, China.

DAVID ROSMAN: Shuttle service will efficiently fill downtown parking garages

The Columbia City Council wants to raise parking meter rates to fund another parking garage. The question is, what do the citizens get out of it all?

Taking flight: Columbia's cicada ice cream story spreads its wings

The Missourian's story about Sparky's cicada ice cream has spanned the globe in just a few days.

Columbia man wins US Championship Anvil Shooting title in Farmington

In his first solo competition, Curtis Bollinger shot an anvil 202 feet upward and won the trophy in the traditional category.

Veteran swimmer Dave Noble looks to break more records

Dave Noble, 67, holds 16 state records in swimming and is looking to break more this weekend at the Missouri State Senior Games.

Teen stops in Columbia on cross-continent journey for American Heart Association

Allison Koch has raised $3,000 on her journey south and hopes to raise $7,000 more by the time she is expected to arrive at the Mexican border June 25.

Three more Missouri baseball players selected in MLB draft

In all, four Tigers have been selected the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft.

Columbia homeless man pleads guilty to Schneider murder

Ricky Lee Gaddy is expected to serve a life sentence for slaying Jerry Edward Schneider.

What's your cicada story?

We know you're sharing your cicada close encounters with each other. Will you share them with us, too? The responses have started coming in — check out what your fellow community members have to say.

PrideFest returns to downtown Columbia for second year

Downtown Columbia will be the venue for the annual Mid-Missouri PrideFest. Sunday's events include a "Gayest Dog Contest," a drag show, and live music.

UPDATE: City to host Scott's Branch Trail meeting Wednesday

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley hopes stakeholders can reach a compromise on a proposed trail route near Bonnie View Park and land owned by the Audubon Society.

Housing in demand in Joplin after deadly tornado

A preliminary assessment from the National Weather Service found that nearly 7,000 homes were destroyed and another 875 homes had some damage.

South Carolina woman pleads guilty to defrauding Webster University

The woman used other inmates personal information to submit applications for financial aid through Webster University in St. Louis.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need ways to keep local government funded

To help the economy, the Federal Reserve should change its charter or buy the fiscal shortfall, or state/public banks should be formed.