Fire destroys barn near Glendale Stables northeast of Columbia

Seven fire trucks responded to a Wednesday afternoon barn fire at a property northeast of Columbia. No animals or people were injured in the fire.

The building and the machinery and hay inside the barn are a total loss. Damage has not yet been determined, but is expected at more than $300,000.

Public Administrator Cathy Richards is Boone County's caretaker of last resort

Cathy Richards coordinates care for more than 400 people who need a guardian or conservator. Ninety percent of her clients have mental illness. As resources disappear and client numbers rise, Richards' office does more with less to help those who need it most.

Robin Sherman hired as Rock Bridge volleyball coach

Rock Bridge named Robin Sherman as its new volleyball coach Monday.


Columbia Transit offers free rides, prizes for commuters Thursday

By offering fare-free bus rides Thursday, organizations are partnering to support the expansion of the city's public transportation system, encourage regular use of city buses and break the transit system's single-day ridership record.

Six Missouri baseball players receive Academic All-Big 12 Team honors

First team honorees were Andreas Plackis, Jeff Emens, Ben Turner and Brannon Champagne. Second team honorees were Eric Anderson and Ryan Clubb.

J. KARL MILLER: Memorial Day Weekend Celebration proves Columbia still No. 1 for veterans

Regardless of protesters who think the celebration glorifies war, the annual air show and parade are must-sees.

DAVID ROSMAN: Senate bill is bad for Missouri teachers, students

The bill's lack of a definition of "incompetence" could lead to unfair dismissals of teachers based on religious, sexual or scientific beliefs.

PHOTO GALLERY: Maplewood Barn Theatre previews first show in new building

The Maplewood Barn Theatre was destroyed in an April 2010 fire. Since then, it's been rebuilt, and actors will premiere the new theater's first full show May 24.

BROKEN BUDGETS: Kansas City business raids cost Missouri, Kansas governments

A border war in the Kansas City region has cost governments in Missouri and Kansas more than $750 million in tax incentives and bonds in the past five years.

Jones home run in 15th lifts Orioles past Royals

Adam Jones hit a home run with one out in the 15th inning, lifting Baltimore to a 4-3 victory over Kansas City on Wednesday night.

Dixie Botner was a teacher, traveler and devoted wife

Botner loved traveling around the world with her husband and teaching elementary school children. 

FROM READERS: Three Columbia College students attend Alpha Chi honor society convention

The convention was attended by more than 400 delegates representing 84 chapters, and it featured scholarly, creative and artistic presentations by more than 200 students.

TOP HEADLINES: Gas-price drop gives relief to consumers; Facebook adds IPO shares

Among today's top stories: Gas prices have dropped 21 cents a gallon since early April. Facebook will sell more shares to the public, but General Motors has questioned the effectiveness of ads on the site.

Robert Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife found dead in New York home

Attorney Kerry Lawrence, who had represented Mary Kennedy in a drunken-driving case, said he didn't know the cause of her death. She was 52.

Coffee buzz: Study finds java drinkers live longer

A study of 400,000 people has found that coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn't matter.

Pet memories help Rams rookies, vets break ice

Jeff Fisher took an offbeat approach is coming up with an icebreaker for St. Louis Rams veterans and rookies meeting for the first time.

Houston officer's acquittal seen as unjust by community leaders

Community activists claim that the acquittal was racially motivated, citing the absence of any minority jurors. 

Missouri House endorses contraception, abortion refusal legislation

The legislation will allow employers to deny heath care coverage for abortions and contraception, as well as allowing medical workers to refuse to participate in abortions on religious or ethical grounds. 

Joplin residents indicted for disaster fraud

Each of the defendants is accused of falsely claiming damage to their homes or property in Federal Emergency Management Agency applications for disaster benefits.

Missouri House rejects local government legislation

House members on Wednesday defeated the legislation 77-76. The bill started in the Senate and has attracted numerous amendments.