Day One of Roots ‘N’ Blues ‘N’ BBQ

Highlights of the festival's first night: strange booth positions, free samples and a felt chicken hat.

Columbia nature photographer's work reflects her biology, botany background

Annette Sanders' passion for science has translated into a passion for nature photography, including close-up shots of animals and insects.

Columbia College volleyball advances at Graceland Invitational

The Columbia College Cougars volleyball team went 2-0 in pool play at the Graceland Pizza Shack Invitational and advanced to the semifinal against Oklahoma Baptist University.

MU women's soccer wins Sun Devil Desert Classic opener

The Tigers got their sixth win in a row in a rain-delayed match against Arizona Friday.

Rock Bridge girl's tennis defeats Branson

Rock Bridge fell behind in doubles matches against Branson but came back to win and remained undefeated after a 6-0 finish in singles matches.

PHOTO GALLERY: Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival kicks off

The Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival opened Friday evening downtown, and continues through Saturday night.

Missouri Task Force 1 members reflect on cleaning up Manhattan

For members of Missouri Task Force 1, the anniversary of 9/11 strikes a personal chord as they relive their deployment to ground zero immediately after the attacks.

MU gets $100,000 for plant science studies

The money will be dispersed through a fellowship program for agricultural science undergraduates at MU.

Missourian staff share their personal remembrances of 9/11

The 9/11 attacks inspire deeply personal reflections and memories.  Members of the Missourian staff offer their own recollections and invite readers to share theirs as well.

MU selects interim chief diversity officer

Director of diversity programming and professional development Noor Azizan-Gardner was named interim chief diversity officer Wednesday. She has previously worked with the Air Force and currently works with the Columbia Police Department on diversity issues. 

MU food scientists experiment with dual-flavored ice cream

Researchers at CAFNR have developed a new type of ice cream that changes flavors after one to two seconds in one's mouth.

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND: Derby Ridge Elementary School awards successful students

Derby Ridge Elementary School launched a new program to celebrate students who do a good job at school. Students, who have achieved safety, respect and responsible learning at school, will be encouraged and recognized.

ROSE NOLEN: Ignoring middle-class voices imperils members of Congress

Members of Congress should stop hiding from their constituents and give them a chance to voice their discontent. If senators and representatives want voters to complain less, they should give them less to complain about.

Missouri House approves tax amnesty period

The Missouri House approved a tax amnesty period, delinquent taxpayers need to pay off their balance and agree to comply with state tax laws for the next eight years.

Missouri House Republicans nominate next leader for 2013

If the Republicans keep control of the chamber after the 2012 election, Tim Jones would be in line to become Missouri's next House speaker.

Mid-Missouri's largest charity bike event attracts 3,200 cyclists

Cyclists come from 28 states across the country to participate in the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride to support people living with Multiple Sclerosis in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

UPDATE: Weapon found after traffic stop near Hickman High School, three arrested

Students were not allowed near the area while police searched the car. Police found a marijuana blunt and a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun during their search.

Cantor Fitzgerald thriving after devastating losses on 9/11

Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial services firm, lost more than half of its employees in the 9/11 attacks. But since then, the company has made a commitment to support the families of the employees who died and changed their outlook on business.

Columbia College men's soccer team wins in overtime

Columbia College Cougars defeated Oklahoma City University 1-0 in overtime on Friday afternoon in Siloam Springs, Ark.

WOODRIDGE: Alzheimer's Association to dedicate Garden of Hope

The association will be dedicating its Garden of Hope at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Alzheimer's Disease Education Center.  The garden will showcase a fountain, engraved bricks, urns, benches and floral arrangements. Proceeds from the garden go to the Caregiver Respite Reimbursement Program.