GEORGE KENNEDY: Dudley trying to calm conflict between bicyclists, birders

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley has called a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss the best route for a section of the Scott's Branch Trail near Bonnie View Park and property owned by the Audubon Society. The city has proposed two alternatives and Audubon has suggested a third option. The meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday and at 6 p.m. June 15 and 22.

One of the few certainties in the conflict over Scott's Branch Trail is that the city has the right to put pedestrian and bike trails in the Audubon Society Nature Sanctuary.

UPDATE: Special Olympics Summer Games to return to Columbia

Officials say it will take about 1,000 volunteers, as well as help from commercial sponsors, to pull off the games in each of the next four years.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals

High school wranglers from across the state have converged on Columbia for the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals, which began Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Family rallies around young cowgirl at state high school rodeo

Corrie Evans, a 15-year-old freshman from Centertown, is competing for the first time in the Missouri High School State Rodeo Finals this week at the Boone County Fairgrounds and hopes to see the final round on Saturday in breakaway roping and goat tying.

UM curators talk budget cuts, retirement, presidential candidates

The UM System Board of Curators discussed enrollment caps, reduced financial aid and a reduced raise pool as potential ways to bridge the new budget gap.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Ice cream saga raises questions about the nature of regulations

Laws that prevent us from living as naturally and as peacefully as we want are not good laws. 

Roller figure skater has world championship aspirations

Sixteen-year-old Emma Trent, whose parents own the Empire Roller Rink, spends every other weekend in Chicago training to be one of two skaters in the country to qualify for the Roller Figure Skating World Championship this November in Brazil.

UPDATE: Floodwaters have reached Hamburg, Iowa

Water flowing out of a gaping hole in the main levee south of town has reached the new levee. The new levee is holding, however, with no signs of problems Thursday morning.

Columbia Public Schools plans new special-education space

The new building, which will be funded by the state, will help the school district meet a growing need for special-education services for preschool children, particularly the hearing-impaired.

'The sky's the limit': MU resident physician wins award

The 28-year-old MU graduate is dedicated to family medicine and specifically geriatrics. She has always been a leader and wants to give back to the community.

Despite record Missouri River releases, initial flood impact in Boonville minimal

Forecasters don't expect water released from Gavins Point Dam to cause major flooding when it reaches Boonville, but it will set the stage for significant flooding this summer. 

Creasy Springs Road house fire damages estimated at $180,000

A failed extension cord caused the blaze at 3950 Creasy Springs Road on Wednesday. No one was inside the home at the time.

Missouri seeks to learn about black bear population

Biologists are tracking the bears in 11 counties in far southern Missouri. Sightings and anecdotal tales make it clear the population is growing, but nobody has any idea how many are out there.

Floodwaters approach makeshift levee at Hamburg, Iowa

Officials are predicting that the Missouri River will swell as much as 10 feet above flood stage in Missouri. The recent levee breaches will only provide a temporary dip in river levels.

Mississippi River rises again in Missouri, Illinois

The Mississippi is now at or near major flood stage in Hannibal, Louisiana and Winfield in Missouri, and Quincy, Ill. It is expected to crest Thursday through Saturday north of St. Louis.

Corps to repair Missouri levee it intentionally breached

The southeast Missouri levee will be rebuilt at three breach points. The breaches were intended to relieve pressure on the floodwall at nearby Cairo, Ill., earlier this spring.

Lincoln's letter among Civil War treasures set for auction

Sotheby's will hold an auction for Civil War assets, including a letter from Lincoln. In the letter he scolded a couple for not being loyal to the Union.