Gov. Jay Nixon vetoes Missouri photo ID, early voting bill

The governor had supported the early voting provision. A proposed constitutional amendment on photo IDs and early voting still is set to appear on Missouri's 2012 ballot.

UM System must decide what to cut to meet funding gap

With a new fiscal year beginning in two weeks, financial decisions must be made quickly.

Columbia plans to purchase wind energy from Iowa

Columbia Water and Light has plans for a 20-year fixed price contract with NextEra Energy Resources for Iowa wind power.

Jefferson Farm & Gardens educates despite funding shortage

The farm will hold a Kid's Day on Saturday and remain open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays despite economic difficulties and funding issues.

State high school rodeo a family gathering for the Eitels

While Kelsey Eitel competed in the pole bending and barrel racing this weekend at the Missouri High School State Rodeo Finals, her family's trailer became a gathering place for meals and visiting with relatives.

PHOTO GALLERY: Day two of the High School State Rodeo Finals

Students competed in the Missouri High School State Rodeo Finals on Friday night at the Boone County Fairgrounds.  Competition runs through Saturday with the awards being presented Sunday.

Beacon shines historical light on Cosmo Park

The Columbia-Allton Memorial Airport is to be commemorated as a historical site on Sunday.

Children learn about Civil War on re-enactment grounds

Children had the opportunity to watch period actors speak about life during the Civil War and to explore artifacts from the era.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students experience Civil War in Boonville through artifacts, demonstrations

Several hundred children had the opportunity Friday to experience life during the Civil War. Students wandered in and out of booths that housed various artifacts including weaponry from the era.


Shred Fest celebrates skateboarding Saturday at Columbia Skate Park

The event marks Go Skateboarding Day, an international movement that annually recognizes the creativity of skateboarding and its benefits.

Brood 19 cicadas expected to linger for few more weeks

The periodical cicadas have been quieter because of the cool weather, but they will remain in Columbia for a few more weeks.

VIDEO: Emma Trent has sights set on roller figure skating championship

Emma Trent works on a figures routine during practice for the Roller Figure Skating World Championship in November.

Olivet Christian Church barbecue to be held rain or shine

Olivet Christian Church will hold its 54th annual chicken and mutton barbecue Saturday. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.

Joplin Humane Society takes in 900 homeless pets after tornado

In order to accommodate the surplus of animals, the Humane Society converted two vacant warehouses nearby into kennels. None of the pets will be euthanized.

Most Joplin tornado deaths occurred in homes

Joplin officials are now discussing ways to improve residential safety.

PHOTO GALLERY: Joplin Humane Society overflowing with animals after tornado

More than 900 animals remain at Humane Society shelters in Joplin three weeks after a tornado struck the city. Efforts are being made to get all the animals adopted.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Flipping tax system on the rich would pay off debt

By turning each state's tax system on its head — from regressive to progressive — states would raise an additional $490 billion in revenue.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New plan for health care, economic change: Stay healthy

Exercising and eating healthy, carcinogenic-free foods is the best form of health care.