Mizzou New Music Summer Festival to include 10 world premieres

The 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival guests Alarm Will Sound rehearse at the Sinquefield Reserve in Folk on Wednesday.

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival events will include 10 world premieres, including a new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Reynolds and a performance by Grammy-winning soprano Susan Narucki.

Columbia pediatrician makes home visits in rural Missouri

While in southeast Missouri, Robert Harris, a pediatrician, and Pam Elledge, a nurse from Whole Kids Outreach, cared for individuals at their homes.

Benton-Stephens residents search for alternative to recommended reapportionment plan

The Columbia Ward Reapportionment Committee's recommended plan would expand the First Ward east to include the Benton-Stephens neighborhood and west to include apartment complexes beyond Stadium Boulevard.

Innecco, vivid presence in Columbia's music scene, returning to Brazil

Alex Innecco has been music director at Missouri United Methodist Church for a decade. He is returning to Brazil to be near family and start a youth orchestra.

Second step of MU plan to ban smoking takes effect

On July 1, MU began the second part of a three-step plan for a smoke-free campus that allows smoking only in designated areas. People who smoke were interviewed on campus Wednesday, and they had a mix of opinions.

Four Missouri football players named to award watch lists

T.J. Moe, Michael Egnew, Grant Ressel and Zaviar Gooden were all named to award watch lists for the upcoming college football season.

ESPN anchor John Anderson's golf tournament to support Joplin schools

ESPN anchor John Anderson will hold his second golf tournament in Columbia on Sunday and Monday.

Iowa governor proposes downstream Missouri River group

Terry Branstad is pushing for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to form a coalition for downstream states instead of remaining in one that includes upstream states. The governors do not plan to make any changes until after the flooding recedes.

Missouri River flooding moves toward central part of state

The town of Watson in Atchison County has experienced more flooding — a levee that was already breached has become more damaged. In Carroll County, the Missouri National Guard has been working to repair a levee.

Lawsuit challenges proposed voter ID amendment

Earlier this year, the legislature passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for a photo ID mandate in Missouri. The lawsuit filed Wednesday pushes for the measure to be blocked from the 2012 ballot.

GENE ROBERTSON: Managing the personal character survival kit

The best tools in our survival kit aren't Band-Aids or gauze.

LETTER: Don't overlook Canada as a good source for oil

The new source for oil may just be closer to home than we give it credit for.

Route K bike lane gets mixed reviews at public hearing

The Missouri Department of Transportation said the project is scheduled to begin around April of next year and is set to finish in September 2012. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Summer rain brings hush to Columbia

Summer rain shower Thursday empties popular outdoor destinations.

UPDATE: Atkins baseball complex concession stand could mean large tournaments

The concession building is the next step in preparing Atkins Memorial Park to host large-scale regional or national baseball and softball tournaments.

MU Chancellor Deaton plans to bridge communication gap with faculty

An MU Faculty Council survey indicated a desire for more communication from Chancellor Brady Deaton. In other areas, survey results were mostly positive.

Show-Me Cannabis filed request to legalize marijuana in Missouri

If the state approves the ballot language for the proposed Missouri constitutional amendment, supporters would need to collect enough signatures from registered voters by next May to get the question on the November ballot.

Buddy Pack program lacks funding to reach all qualified students

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri said it is looking to expand the program to include 8,500 students in the next school year, up from the 6,300 students currently served by the program.

Vicky Riback Wilson retires after more than 18 years at MU

As coordinator of the Fellowships Office, Riback Wilson has made a lasting impact on students — some of them still keep in touch. She has used her experiences as a state representative to help students better understand politics. Now, she plans to travel.

UPDATE: Lawsuit challenges proposed voter ID amendment

Opponents of Missouri's proposed voter identification requirement are pushing for the measure to be removed from the 2012 ballot. An alternative would be to rewrite the summary given to voters.