BRAD CLEMONS: Being a 'father' is difficult

Being a 'dad' is far different than being a 'father.'

Man pleads guilty to murdering Steak 'n Shake workers

Anthony Akins pleaded guilty to two reduced counts of second-degree murder Monday for the 2008 killing of two Steak 'n Shake employees.

Missouri River levee fails near Hamburg, Iowa

Flash flood warnings have been issued since the breach Monday morning, which created a 30-foot-wide hole in the levee.

Columbia School Board votes to wait on budget decision

The board held a meeting to discuss 2011-2012 budget cuts. The main concern voiced was about the elimination of two school resource officers.

Architect Pon Chinn left mark on Columbia

Mr. Chinn, who died last week at age 84, was well known not just for the Columbia buildings he designed, but for his love of golf and his connections to his many friends.

Dudley continues to collect proposals for Scott's Branch Trail

A second meeting of stakeholders trying to find a suitable route for the Scott's Branch Trail is scheduled for Wednesday. Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley is hopeful for a compromise.

PHOTO GALLERY: String quartet prepares for performance at Missouri Theater

The quartet will join a series of other music ensembles performing 7 p.m. Monday in the  Chamber Music Recital at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. 

TRYPS summer season begins Friday with jazz and blues concert

Six students will perform in the show, "Crooners," with TRYPS Children's Theater Friday at Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater.

UPDATE: Levee ruptures send floodwater toward Hamburg, Iowa, and Big Lake, Mo.

Residents of Hamburg, Iowa, and Big Lake, Mo., brace for floodwaters headed in their direction after two levee ruptures Monday. Many have already evacuated Hamburg.

U.S. 63 closed briefly because of dynamite found at worksite

Multiple safety agencies responded to a call that workers found a box of industrial explosives at APAC Missouri Inc. on Monday morning.

Free Lunch in the Park expects to serve meals to more children

The summer extension of the free and reduced lunch program offers lunches to youths at Douglass Park weekdays during the school break.

Boonville brings Civil War history to life on battle's 150th anniversary

The battle re-enactment and other Civil War-themed festivities will be held Thursday through Sunday. Activities for visitors of all ages will be showcased.

Joplin tornado death toll rises to 153

Two more people succumb to injuries sustained in the May 22 tornado in southwest Missouri.

Car crashes into home in west Columbia

A four-door Honda ran a stop sign, drove through a yard and crashed into a home on Bray Avenue, said Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer.

Lint buildup causes dryer fire

A north Columbia residence suffered light smoke damage, said Battalion Chief Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.

Joplin, southeast Missouri residents to receive $21 million for storm recovery

Missouri residents will receive $21 million in federal aid to help several communities recover from recent tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather.

MU researchers find more evidence against bisphenol A

An MU study finds that BPA — a chemical commonly found in plastics and other food packaging — is absorbed through diet at a greater rate than previously understood.

Red Cross shelter at Missouri Southern to close Tuesday

A smaller shelter will be opened but a site has not been chosen. Sixty-seven people were using the shelter on Friday.

MU Extension creates Facebook page for flood information

The new page, which launched last week, aggregates information on this summer's flooding along the Missouri River.

Numbers show states' budget challenges differ

Budget and fiscal data show that cumulative revenue available for the coming fiscal year has dropped.