Rodeo queen competition not for everyone at Missouri High School Rodeo Finals

Brooke Wright and Madeline Cuppy, both high school juniors, are competing for the crown in the 2012 Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals Queen Contest. The contest, held at the Boone County Fairgrounds, has multiple areas of competition, including speech, modeling and horsemanship. The winner will be announced Saturday.

Brooke Wright, 16, from Bolivar, and Madeline Cuppy, 15, from Atlanta, Mo., are the contestants in this year's queen competition at the Missouri High School Rodeo Finals.

Carl Edwards having tough follow-up to title chase

Carl Edwards had just about everything go right last season in the chase for his first Cup championship except win more races than Tony Stewart, but he is finding a repeat run toward a historic finale a bit trickier this season.

Mike Alden talks about SEC at Missouri booster event

Missouri athletics director Mike Alden spoke Wednesday evening to members of the Tiger Quarterback Club at a new $5.6 million gymnastics facility and dance studio.

Teen overcomes loss of a good companion to compete in high school rodeo finals

For Brooke Wright, losing her small bay brown horse, Skoal, was one of the most heart-wrenching things that happened in her life.


Humane Society welcomes new executive director, Mary Pat Boatfield

The Central Missouri Humane Society welcomes Mary Pat Boatfield as the new executive director of the shelter. 

Columbia Councilman Dudley cited in connection with selling alcohol to minor

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley was issued a citation Tuesday for selling alcohol to a minor at the Hy-Vee convenience store he manages, said Stephanie Drouin, Columbia police public information officer. 

Alleged MU Health Care billing fraud part of national problem

Estimates suggest that health care fraud costs the federal government billions of dollars each year. In the wake of a federal investigation into MU Health Care's billing, three doctors, including the dean of the MU School of Medicine, have resigned.

J. KARL MILLER: Nanny state can't protect us from obesity

The growing obesity problem in the U.S. can only be solved by individual desire to be healthier, the columnist writes.

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest, including Missouri

The findings, detailed in The Journal of Wildlife Management, showed 178 cougar confirmations in the Midwest and as far south of Texas between 1990 and 2008.

Crop school teaches insurance adjusters to assess hail damage

Crop insurance adjusters came to Columbia to learn about assessing hail damage. Eighty-five people attended the annual training, which was held at Bradford Research & Extension Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Flat Branch water quality not affected by Brookside fire

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources performed tests at Flat Branch and found that the fire runoff did not affect the quality of water in the creek.

Microbial zoo of 10,000 germ species live in and on healthy people

A study released Wednesday by the government's Human Microbiome Project maps the bacteria, fungi and other microbes living throughout the human body. 

Man arrested after allegedly crashing car into Columbia home

Charles Marleon Buchanan, 20, was arrested Tuesday and charged with fleeing the scene.

Fulton man killed in car crash on US 63

Robert Hill was killed after being ejected from his car in a two-vehicle accident on northbound U.S. 63.

Royals beat Brewers on bases-loaded walk in 11th

Kansas City's Mike Moustakas walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning — the second walk issued by the Milwaukee relief corps — to give the Royals a come-from-behind 4-3 victory and a chance to wrap up their first home sweep of the season in Thursday night's series finale.

Lance Lynn wins 10th as Cardinals edge White Sox 1-0

Lance Lynn struck out a career-high 12 to stay tied for the major league lead in wins, and Carlos Beltran hit his NL-best 19th home run Wednesday night, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the White Sox that ended Chicago's eight-game road winning streak.

EEZ Board discusses property tax abatement, job creation requirements

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board met on Wednesday and spent most of its time talking about issues surrounding the local property tax abatement.

Harry Potter fans to be put to the test in trivia-night fundraiser

The Columbia Kiwanis Club will host a Harry Potter Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Friday at Hickman High School. The event is a fundraiser for the Eliminate Project to help save the lives of newborns worldwide.

Former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel sprains thumb during Saints camp, joins others on sideline

Former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel missed practice during the New Orleans Saints' minicamp Wednesday because of a sprained thumb.

Yost, La Russa set to coach in MLB All-Star Game

Royals manager Ned Yost and former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa are set to coach the best of the best in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.