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Black Friday in Columbia features more people and earlier openings

Black Friday shoppers try to reach for $1 scarves Friday morning at Old Navy.

Stores open on Thanksgiving night in effort to one-up the competition.

PHOTO GALLERY: Black Friday shoppers out on Thursday this year

With earlier store openings, shoppers hoping to score Black Friday deals waited outside stores in Columbia on Thursday night.

Stores in downtown Columbia have a quiet Black Friday

Big box stores, which offer the biggest discounts, are typically more popular for shoppers hoping to save money on their early holiday purchases.

Boone County to charge one of four suspects in shooting near school

Christopher Roseberry has told investigators he was the teen who fired shots at a car approaching Rock Bridge High School.

Increasing number of parents skip vaccinations for their children

A growing number of parents are delaying their children's vaccinations, opting out of some shots or not vaccinating at all. Some of them say that it's parents — not physicians — who should make the decision.

UPDATE: Attorney: Jefferson City student, 2 others on way to airport

Joy Sweeney said her 19-year-old son Derrik will arrive in St. Louis late Saturday night, and that his family plans to meet him there.

Alcohol likely played role in death of homeless man

Friends said Donald Weidinger, who served in the military, was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Vietnam vet shares dark history via computer

After returning from war, John Nash's life spiraled out of control as he struggled with a condition that wouldn't receive widespread recognition until many years later: post-traumatic stress disorder. He's written a book about his experience.

Cowboy Church movement springs up in the southwest

In May 2010, the movement caught on in Puxico, a southeastern Missouri town where dusty cowboy boots, western-yoked shirts and Stetsons remain commonplace. 

Pastor's ImpACT program in Springfield helps needy, changes lives

Jefferson City student in Egypt still in custody, awaiting processing

Three American students were ordered to be released by a court on Thursday but were still being processed for their release on Friday.

Kansas City police kill suspect in shootout

The shooting occurred Thursday evening after officers were sent to a home on a report of a burglary in progress. When officers entered the home they found two other people dead inside.

Motives of foreign student recruiters questioned

Critics accuse higher education recruiters of sending thousands of unqualified applicants to the U.S. every year, while college administrators who rely on recruiters say they are more familiar with overseas customs and school systems.

Missouri governor orders flags to half-staff on Saturday

Gov. Jay Nixon ordered that flags at government buildings across the state be flown at half-staff on Saturday to honor Spc. James Roland Burnett Jr., 21, of southeastern Missouri. Burnett died Nov. 16 in Afghanistan.

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