Oklahoma favorite to win this year's title in new-look Big 12

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, far left, leads the Oklahoma contingent to the Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday in Dallas.

The Sooners football team got 41-of-43 first-place votes in a preseason poll from media members who cover the league.

Structure fire on Route N causes heavy damage

A barn on Route N was destroyed in a fire Monday evening.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tuesday at the Boone County Fair

Fairgoers experienced the Market Lamb Show, the Poultry Showmanship event, the Sheep Show and the Ferris wheel Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

At Boone County Fair, sheep compete in uncomfortable heat

Despite the heat, a crowd of approximately 100 people packed the bleachers Tuesday evening around the livestock at the Boone County Fair.

Big 12 commissioner aware of naysayers

Dan Beebe, the Big 12 commissioner, said Tuesday at the Big 12 media days that the conference will have to prove it's "in a solid place going forward."


Columbia faith organizations recruiting for CROP hunger walk

Columbia CROP Hunger Walk organizers Cleo Kottwitz and Marilyn Bettenhausen are trying to enlist faith organizations to participate in the next CROP walk Oct. 2.

Water heater donated to Missouri Task Force 1 as thanks

Worth $5,000, the liquid propane heater was assembled in a custom-built metal box that will protect it and allow it to be easily transported — even on an airplane.

Rustic Road residents worried about bridge safety

Heavy vehicles can't cross Rustic Road on Columbia's eastern edge, and that has some residents who live south of the bridge worried.

Police seek suspects in attempted armed robbery at Taco Bell

Columbia police said they are looking for two men described as suspects in an attempted armed robbery at a Taco Bell on Monday night.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Social Security reductions and the deficit

Reductions in Social Security benefits would reduce the national deficit because the government would be borrowing less money to repay what it owes to Social Security.

Father dies after trying to rescue son at Ozarks pool

The man jumped into a Lake of the Ozarks hotel pool Sunday after his son got in the pool and didn't resurface. The father died Monday in the hospital.

Tour to push for rights in Missouri and other states with gay-marriage bans

Stops are planned in Missouri and other states with no statewide recognition of same-sex relationships and no nondiscrimination laws protecting gays.

BRAD CLEMONS: Taxi stands seem to punish sober drivers

With prime parking spaces reserved for taxi stands, it's becoming even more difficult to park in downtown Columbia.

Missouri Gov. Nixon makes staff changes

Gov. Jay Nixon hired former Missouri State University president Mike Nietzel as a policy adviser. He also made changes in his communications office.

Walmart now streams videos on its website, in competition with Netflix

Walmart began streaming videos Tuesday. Movies are available at to rent or to purchase, but there is no subscription available.

UPDATE: Missouri school district bans two books

The southwest Missouri school district took a year before it decided to ban two books and keep a third book that a parent complained were contrary to the Bible.

Apple slices to be added to every McDonald's Happy Meal

By next year, Happy Meals will include a half-order of apples and a half-order of fries. Customers can request all apples or all fries if they want.

Missouri school district bans two books

The southwest Missouri school district's board voted to ban "Slaughterhouse Five" and "Twenty Boy Summer." Republic's superintendent said the decision was not based on moral issues.

Benjamin Franklin post office might be among closures

The Postal Service might close the post office located inside a house once owned by Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was the first postmaster general for the U.S.

Better Business Bureau warns of fake Joplin charity organization

The Southwest Missouri BBB said, a charity collecting donations for Joplin, is not registered as a nonprofit group. Attorney General Chris Koster's office said it is investigating.