UPDATE: MU joins Gig.U, tries to bring to Columbia one-gigabit Internet

MU and the city of Columbia are joining a nationwide effort called "Gig.U" to try to bring fast Internet to 29 universities and their surrounding communities. The goals are innovation and economic growth.

'Alligator Man' case to be decided Friday

The final ruling on whether Ken Henderson can keep his alligators will come Friday afternoon.

Missouri basketball's Denmon, English looking for spots at World University Games

The pair of senior Tigers guards leave this weekend for the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to take part in a a training camp that will be used to select a team to represent the United States in China.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces rural broadband expansion, seeks nonprofit input

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sought the input of nonprofit foundations to improve the service of the White House Rural Council— created last month by President Barack Obama — and announced earlier Wednesday the funding of rural broadband initiatives in Missouri, Kansas and six other states.

Cause of fire at Cosmo-Bethel Park under investigation

Although no injuries resulted from the fire, a large portion of the park’s playground equipment was destroyed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wednesday at the Boone County Fair

The pig competition, carnival rides and prizes were the highlight of the Boone County Fair on Wednesday.

Woody's Menagerie Animal Show brings exotic animals to Boone County Fair

Woody's Menagerie Animal Show brought a wild side to the Boone County Fair with a monkey, lions, ligers and other animals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Woody's Menagerie Animal Show features exotic creatures up close

Woody's Menagerie Animal Show at the Boone County Fair showcased exotic animals, including ligers and bears. The exhibition gave families a chance to see the creatures up close.

Roots 'N' Blues brings more music with a higher price

With bigger names and more artists scheduled to perform, ticket prices for this year's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival have increased.

Robbery reported at Martinsburg Bank in Columbia

Police are searching for a man who robbed Martinsburg Bank on Wednesday afternoon.

Missouri gets grant to counsel survivors of disasters

People who live or work in a county affected by severe storms, massive flooding and tornadoes can call a toll-free phone number and receive crisis counseling.

Missouri parks officials reopen beach at Lake of Ozarks

Officials had closed the beach because of high E. coli levels.

Rural populations reach record low

In 1910, 72 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. One hundred years later, only 16 percent of Americans live in rural areas, leaving rural towns in danger of funding cuts from federal and state governments.

Nebraska nuclear plant's recovery to start after flood recedes

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission met with Omaha Public Power District officials to discuss what steps will be needed before the plant can reopen. 

Suicide prevention conference to be held for sixth consecutive year in Jefferson City

Four featured speakers will headline the event.

Police seek suspects in Jimmy John's armed robbery

Police have not yet identified two males who demanded money from employees and then left the scene on foot with an as yet undisclosed sum of money.

Voluntary Action Center to hold 'Christmas in July' benefit

 The 20th annual event will offer a fried chicken dinner, raffle tickets and a visit with Santa Claus.

Growth slows in Missouri Medicaid, food stamps

Overall numbers are still on the rise but the growth rate is lower than last year.

Accident kills guardsman returning from flood duty

Nineteen-year-old Jordan House died when the car he was riding in hit a trailer parked on the shoulder of Interstate 435 in Kansas City.

States brace for dips in reported high-school graduation rates

States are bracing for plummeting high school graduation rates as districts nationwide dump flawed measurement formulas.