Boone County Fair kicks off with annual ham judging

Bryon Wiegand and Stan Lynn pierce a ham to check the aroma. Hams are judged by texture, shape, smell and overall appearance.

Hams are judged on several criteria including aroma, skin color, texture and eye appeal.

Texas athletic officials brief Big 12 rivals on launch of television network

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said he is aware of concerns that the 20-year, $300 million network deal struck with ESPN gives them a recruiting advantage and too much power over the rest of the league.

Triathlete plans to compete in Show-Me State Games despite back injury

Deb Hartley, 57, injured her back two weeks ago when she started training for the Show-Me State Games triathlon this weekend after a 25-year hiatus from the sport. She still plans to compete.

Controversy prompts Summerfest to move to Forrest Rose Park

A petition from the businesses and action by the Columbia City Council on Monday prompted the change, said Richard King, Summerfest organizer and owner of The Blue Note and Mojo's.

High temperatures result of heat 'dome'

A dome of high pressure, extraordinary in scope and duration, is causing record-setting  heat from North Dakota to Texas.

Missouri softball's Thomas, Taylor lead Team USA in World Cup

Chelsea Thomas, Rhea Taylor and the rest of Team USA will go up against five other national teams in a round-robin format, beginning at 7 p.m. July 21 .

Missouri Gov. Nixon plans trade trip to China

The governor's office confirmed the trip Wednesday, though no official date has been set.

Columbia artistic skating club honors memory of coach's son

The Empire Roller Rink Artistic Skate Club leaves Friday to compete in the national championships in Fort Wayne, Ind. The team's uniforms feature the initials "KP" to honor Kyle Peck, the son of coach John Peck. KP died in 2005 after being struck by a car.

Missouri park officials close swimming beach at Lake of the Ozarks

One week after state officials reopened the Grand Glaize beach, they are closing it again because of high E. coli levels.

COMMENTARY: Despite court ruling on rebates, solar benefits Missouri

The solar industry has been around in Missouri for over 15 years, and solar rebates helped catapult the technology toward mainstream adoption in the last two years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: River Working Group must overcome partisan pressure

That progress of generating a plan to fix the management of the Missouri River must include compromises from each state. Not least among those would be a willingness by Missouri politicians to accept widening the river in some areas.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill amends 2006 campaign finance report

McCaskill's campaign said Wednesday that clearing up the discrepancies was a routine move as she closes her 2006 account. The error came amid a flurry of donations at the end of McCaskill's race.

Columbia businessman David Banks finds success after starting from scratch

After starting with $5,000 and two employees, the owner of Banks Detail Service now has a 5,000 square feet work space and is doing business with people outside of Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wednesday proves sweltering

Children and adults both look for ways to get through another hot day.

Police investigating shooting of 16-year-old boy

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

Honeywell, workers in Illinois reach deal to end lockout

After being locked out for more than a year, Honeywell — a plant that makes nuclear fuel– and its workers have reached a tentative agreement to end the labor unrest.

UPDATE: Missouri Republicans press for business tax breaks

The legislators touted a deal Wednesday that would authorize tax breaks to attract international shippers to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It also would create incentives for science and technology companies, computer-based data storage centers and big-time amateur sporting events.

St. Louis-area police officer's son, 3, dies in shooting

A Maryland Heights police officer's 3-year-old son is dead after accidentally shooting himself.

J. KARL MILLER: Deciphering the debt ceiling proposals

Increasing taxes in a weak economy is counterproductive, and the U.S. cannot keep spending more than it takes in.

DAVID ROSMAN: Moderates — it's up to you to find a solution

Moderate Democrat and Republican party members need to take action and work together in solving the nation's fiscal crisis.