Heat fails to dampen crappie fishing on Truman Lake

Against all odds, the crappie fishing has been as hot as the weather lately. Some fishermen even arrived at Bucksaw Marina as early as 6:30 a.m., hoping to fish a few hours before it turned too hot.

Matthes trying to fix infrastructure without raising taxes

In his first budget proposal as city manager, Mike Matthes recommends increasing funds for infrastructure, cutting bus services and raising hourly pay for city workers by 25 cents.

UPDATE: House approves debt ceiling bill, Senate rejects it

Tuesday's deadline still looms large as Republicans and Democrats appear to be at a standstill.

House approves GOP bill extending debt limit

The House passed the bill 218-210.

Matthes' first city budget proposal includes pay raise for city workers

City Manager Mike Matthes proposed no tax increases for Columbia residents but still plans to improve city streets and give city workers their first raise in two years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Friday night lights at the Boone County Fair

Friday night brought more carnival rides and stick horse races to the Boone County Fairgrounds.

YouTube-taught discus thrower wins at Show-Me State Games

Festus' Reece Goddard taught himself the sport by watching YouTube discus-throwing videos on his iPad.

Columbia School Board discusses tax levy, Hickman block schedule

The two topics dominated a Columbia School Board retreat Thursday evening.

In his mother's memory, MU grad canoes for cancer

Evan Walton, a former MU biology student, is canoeing 1,080 miles of the Mississippi River from its source at Lake Itasca to his hometown in St. Louis County, to raise money for breast cancer research. His mother, Cheryl Walton, died of the disease two years ago.

VIDEO: A different kind of flying

Take a journey with Gary Whitby in his hot air balloon as he and his wife describe their passion for flying, and why they love hot air balloons.

Death toll in Joplin tornado reaches 160

An 85-year-old man is the latest person to die from injuries he received in the tornado.

Judge rules 'Alligator man' can have his gators back

A Boone County judge ruled Friday that Ken Henderson can have his reptiles back on the condition that he creates a more permanent home for them in Jackson County.

Linked shootings prompted formation of gang task force

 A task force was created on the suggestion of Lt. Ken Gregory on Friday, July 22, and began work on Monday. Its work led to 11 arrests this week.

Car rolls over on I-70 west of Columbia

The driver swerved to avoid a collision and rolled over at mile marker 118.

Public hearing set to discuss upgrades to Thomas E. Atkins ball field

Construction is set to begin on the third phase of improvements at Columbia's newest ball field.

Missouri River dam releases to be cut in August

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has outlined the plan for bringing an end to flooding along the river.

Amid bee die-off, healthy hives thrive in cities

With bee colonies diminishing in rural areas, governments and hobbyists are setting up hives on top of buildings and in vacant lots in cities across the nation.

Orangemen bring established Columbia program to Show-Me State Games basketball

The organization originated 10 years ago and now has 11 teams with players from various age groups and Columbia schools.

Cause of Cosmo-Bethel Park fire likely 'smoking material'

Tuesday evening's fire at Cosmo-Bethel Park was determined Friday to be caused by "improperly disposed of smoking material." Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver said the department is not investigating the fire further.

Little League says Ugandan team denied U.S. visas

The team from Kampala's documentation "contained discrepancies," according to the U.S. Department of State.