LETTER: What President Obama's speech on Afghanistan didn't say

The president didn't cover several key points during his speech on Afghanistan last week.

Boone County men catching up to women in life expectancy

A research study has estimated life expectancy for all U.S. counties. Boone County ranks third in Missouri for male life expectancy and in the top 15 percent nationally.

Missouri River flooding closes one road to Cooper's Landing

Easley River Road and Smith Hatchery Road flooding might cause Cooper's Landing to close temporarily. Easley River Road has been closed since Monday. River levels are expected to rise by Friday.

Paris Road undergoing asphalt repairs

Paris Road between College Avenue and Ammonette Street will be under construction until Friday evening. No major backups are expected.

UPDATE: Kidnapped woman found safe at Women's and Children's Hospital

Police were still searching for a man suspected of kidnapping a Columbia woman. The woman was found safe just after 1 p.m. at the MU Women's and Children's Hospital.

Public invited to meeting about planned Route K bike lane

The community is encouraged to attend the informal meeting to comment and provide suggestions on the project.

Haith adds three Division I transfers to MU basketball roster

MU basketball coach Frank Haith has recruited three transfers. Only one is eligible to play immediately.

Missouri River flooding causes St. Joseph casino closure

Terrible's St. Jo Frontier Casino is closed indefinitely. The casino can't start removing water from the property until the river drops below 27 feet.

Plans for St. Louis-area Chuck Berry statue move forward

Despite critics, the statue is scheduled to be installed later this week. A formal dedication is planned for July 29.

AGING NUKES: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, industry rewrite nuclear history

Licensing regulations for aging nuclear power plants have led some plants to be routinely approved to continue operating.

Joplin tornado survivors keep area hotels at capacity

Demand for hotel rooms is four times greater than what is available.

Bullfrog and green frog-hunting season begins Thursday

The season begins Thursday and runs through Oct. 31. The daily limit for capturing frogs is eight, and the possession limit is 16.

Woman kidnapped in maroon Mercury Sable

Police were searching for Arthur C. Williams who is suspected of kidnapping a Columbia woman from her home Tuesday morning.

Boone County Fairgrounds half-cent tax not enough, board says

A new tax on sales at the Boone County Fairgrounds is a good step, but a representative of the fair board says county commissioners should commit more resources to the property.

BRAD CLEMONS: Why teachers need summer breaks

Letting teachers have summer breaks benefits the public.

UPDATE: Missouri State University replaces president

University officials said Monday that James Cofer was stepping down as president to become a professor in the business school.

PedNet Coalition wants the city to extend bus service hours

Many residents rely on public transportation to get to and from work, but current bus schedules don't accommodate those who work night shifts.

$45 million project designed for Discovery Ridge Research Park

Construction of an 80,000-square-foot lab and office facility will likely begin at Discovery Ridge Research Park in early 2012.

Jury convicts ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich at retrial

Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including the incendiary allegation that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat.

Missouri River above flood stage in Jefferson City

The river at Jefferson City was just above the 23-foot flood stage Monday morning. By the end of the week, it was expected to rise about 6 feet.