Columbia Star Dinner Train's opening night met with protest

Aimee Wehmeier leaves the Columbia Star Dinner Train protest Friday with the aid of a handicap-accessible van. Advocates for people with disabilities are unhappy that the train lacks an accessible car.

Advocates for people with disabilities have voiced concern over the train's lack of wheelchair accessibility since the train company met with with Columbia City Council over a year ago.

Nixon doubles cash available over Kinder in 2012 statewide elections

Five of Missouri's six statewide offices are up for election in 2012, including those of state treasurer and lieutenant governor.

DEAR READER: A few challenges for readers and journalism students

For readers, I challenge you not to fall prey to knee-jerk reactions just because someone on the opposite side of the political spectrum has a different idea. For students, I challenge you to take a more critical look at the stories you cover.

Additional victims sought in child pornography case

Columbia Police Department investigators said there might be additional victims.

State Auditor Tom Schweich acknowledges campaign finance error

Schweich said his campaign failed to report contributions greater than $500 because of an error by a company hired to handle his campaign finances.

LETTER: Keep Citizens Police Review Board meetings public

By closing meetings to the public, the Citizens Police Review Board lessens its objective to build and maintain trust between city residents and the Columbia Police Department.

Accident kills two pedestrians on eastbound Interstate 70 shoulder

Edward Taggart, 72, and Gilbert L. Love, 73, were struck by a car near mile marker 129.6. Earl William Hutcherson was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Harry Potter draws thousands in Columbia with midnight finale

More than 2,000 Harry Potter fans in Columbia came out last night for the final installment of the highest-grossing film franchise. There were 11 showings, beginning at midnight.

Nixon has twice as much campaign cash as Kinder

Gov. Jay Nixon reported raising $1.5 million during the recent quarter, bringing his campaign account to $3.2 million. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has approximately $1.7 million in his account.

Missouri receives $2 million for job training

The federal government is awarding the money under the On-the-Job Training Emergency Grants program sponsored by the Department of Labor.

Joplin receives flower bulbs from nonprofit America Responds

Church members, the Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners and a troop of Boy Scouts joined the beautification efforts.

Missouri Ozarks campground owner sued in drug case

A Missouri Ozarks campground owner is facing accusations of purveying an illicit drug scene. A four-year state and federal investigation found "open sales" of various drugs at Camp Zoe.

PHOTO GALLERY: Harry Potter fans await midnight opening of final film

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" opened at midnight Thursday in Columbia.

Record crowd expected for U2 show in St. Louis

A stadium-record 52,000 people are expected for the U2 concert scheduled for Sunday night. That will include fans with seats on the field.