PHOTO GALLERY: Opening night at the Boone County Fair brings on the fun

Benny, a 2-year-old Japanese snow macaque, gnaws on a grape given to him by handler Greg Woody during an exotic animal exhibition at the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

Exotic animals and games of chance are traditionally featured at county fairs, and it was no different Saturday as the Boone County Fair opened.

PHOTO GALLERY: Girls, ages 2 and 3, compete for title at Boone County Fair

Bubbles, crowns, tangled hair and fancy dresses were part of the Girl's Baby Contest at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. 


Missouri River flooding hurts barge industry

A lasting drought in the river's basin decimated the corridor's shipping traffic over the last decade. This year was supposed to be a big year on the Missouri, but widespread flooding could turn it into one of the industry's worst.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Fair Parade marches through downtown

The Boone County Fair brought its parade to The District on Saturday morning.

Several generations enjoy Show-Me State Games shooting event

Experience levels varied at the Show-Me State Games sporting clays competition.

Gov. Jay Nixon scheduled to attend Show-Me State Games

Gov. Nixon has attended the past two Show-Me State Games, participating in the basketball skills competition.

Joplin officials consider rebuilding options, keeping building codes, safety in mind

Joplin leaders are looking to the Greensburg, Kan., tornado of 2007 as a guide for the future.

Win over Japan puts USA back on track at World Cup of Softball

The Americans bounced back from a loss to Canada earlier in the day to secure a crucial win for their hopes of pursuing a fifth-straight World Cup title.

Soap Box racers finish second in Akron

A pair of mid-Missouri representatives finish second.

Youth participate in leadership program at Show-Me State Games

The Audrey Walton Leadership Program offers outstanding high school students an opportunity to participate in the Games.

Young shooters excel in Show-Me State Games

Jake Tanner was motionless as he concentrated, and his father recited the five fundamentals of shooting right behind his shoulder: B.R.A.S.S.  — breathe, relax, aim, sight, squeeze.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Fair hosts ATV races Saturday

Six classes of riders came out to the Grandstand arena on Saturday to compete for cash prizes in the Boone County Fair ATV races.

UPDATE: Woman whose phone was struck by lightning released from University Hospital

The woman's cellular phone was struck by lightning around 6 p.m. Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Equine excellence

Competitors showed off their best horses at the Boone County Fun Youth Horse Show on Saturday.

Missouri State University handball players compete in Show-Me State Games

The pair of players were the youngest to compete in the Games handball tournament on Saturday.

Blind 15-year-old wins all three judo matches

Corbin Anderson excelled Saturday at the Show-Me State Games.

UM System Finance Committee requests campus improvements, updated faculty salaries

The committee assigned its requests into various tiers of urgency.

Boone County Fair crowns princess, teen queen, queen

Faith Wright, Kassie Rankin and Nicole Shoop named winners at Boone County Fair Royalty Competition.

UPDATE: Missing teen returns home

Sixteen-year-old Diamond Dunn returned home unharmed Saturday.

Columbia restaurants plan to offer healthier children's menu choices

Look for a few more healthy restaurant items on kids' menus at local chain restaurants, starting soon.