Slacklining becoming popular in Columbia

Matt Baker regains his balance after doing a trick while slacklining Wednesday in Peace Park.

College students have especially taken to slacklining because it is relatively inexpensive, can be set up almost anywhere and is extremely entertaining.


Missouri regulators OK $172M rate increase for Ameren

The Public Service Commission voted 5-0 to approve the rate increase that is estimated to raise the average residential electricity bill by about $8 per month.

Columbia Regional Airport advisory board asked to submit strategic plan to council

City Manager Mike Matthes joined a meeting with the Columbia Regional Airport Advisory Board on Wednesday. He asked that the board submit a strategic plan in the next few months to the Columbia City Council.

Bill to name Missouri courthouse for Kit Bond advances through Senate

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill backed the legislation, which was approved Wednesday by the Senate public works committee.

Columbia hospitals move toward healthier foods in cafeterias

Local hospitals are offering healthier foods in their cafeterias and restaurants to employees and visitors. But the cost can make those efforts a hard sell.

Mixed reactions after bill lowers Missouri concealed carry age

The change isn't likely to affect campus gun policies, though some of the bill's supporters are calling for it.

LETTER: Feral cat lovers don't use common sense

People may get all excited about the suffering of cats, but they don't seem to use common sense. They are feeding the very ones who can already help themselves.

MU science professor receives $50,000 award for embryo research

University of Missouri curator’s professor Randy Prather received a $50,000 prize Tuesday for his mammalian embryo research.

Ex-Missouri jailer sentenced for inmate assaults

Veron Wilson received the maximum sentence for violating the civil rights of four inmates and lying to the FBI.

Woman arrested after reports of suspicious activity

Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Elizabeth Moffett, 36, after receiving reports of a suspicious person in the 1300 block of Wagon Trail Heights.

Missouri football defensive ends on watch list for Lombardi Award

Jacquies Smith and Brad Madison were named to the watch list for the award, which is given to the nation's top down lineman.

Battle of the Bands winners to host concert for Joplin

The show will be July 20 at The Blue Note.

Kansas City Star dismisses columnist Steve Penn

Penn is accused of plagiarism in more than a dozen columns over the past few years.

Wide range of ideas proposed for Joplin rebuilding

Residents are beginning to propose ideas for how to rebuild the tornado-ravaged city.

MoDOT worker struck by vehicle on Missouri 141

Twenty-nine-year-old Jorge Corranza was struck by a Cadillac DeVille in Fenton.

New Mexico man drowns at Lake of The Ozarks

The man died after going off of a water slide in Camden County.

LETTER: Missourians benefit from the LightSquared initiative

LightSquared pledges to bring broadband to most of the U.S. by 2015. Missouri representatives in Washington, D.C., should help find a solution to the GPS v. LightSquared debate.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's always possible that Missouri will shut down

Like Minnesota, the NBA and NFL, Missouri government could shut down, too. State Democrats and Republicans need to act like adults.

J. KARL MILLER: The true definitions of dressing up and down

The art of tasteful and appropriate dress has declined, and more lenient interpretations of dress codes have regrettably led to an "anything goes" mentality.

LETTER: Columbia needs extended bus service

Extending bus service should be the city manager's top priority, and he should ask residents for ideas on where to cut costs so the city can come up with the bus budget.