Families celebrate wildlife at Columbia's Flat Branch Park

Families enjoyed entertainment and activities and interacted with animals Wednesday at the Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park in Columbia.

The June iteration of Columbia Parks and Recreation's monthly Family Fun Festival drew families to Flat Branch Park for live entertainment and a look at Missouri's wildlife. 

Demolition of St. Joseph Street houses suspended

The Boone County Family Resources Board of Directors voted to suspend demolition of two houses on St. Joseph Street and to meet with the Historic Preservation Commission to discuss the possibility of preservation.

MU's biggest ever Summer Welcome draws parents' joys, concerns

MU's Summer Welcome has more sessions and more people than ever before in the more than 40 years since the orientation was launched. 

Missouri cross county coach takes on dual roles

Joe Lynn, the coach of the Missouri men's cross country team, was named coach of the women's team earlier this week. He will begin coaching both teams this fall.

Missouri wrestling team adds former Olympian to coaching staff

Sammie Henson, a former Olympian and world champion, has been hired as an assistant wrestling coach for the Tigers.

Missouri passes NCAA's 2010-11 Academic Progress Rate

All 20 Missouri sports scored above the Academic Progress Rate four-year cutline, according to results posted Wednesday on the NCAA website.

MU agriculture college examining facility after steer escapes at slaughterhouse

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources officials are reviewing the incident but say proper procedures were followed when the steer jumped a fence.

Boone County Relay for Life to start Saturday

The 2012 Boone County Relay for Life will be held at the MU Student Recreation Complex on Saturday and Sunday. About 1,000 participants, including about 200 cancer survivors, are expected to attend the event.

Columbia Police Department holds off on hiring new staff members

Due to city budget cuts, the police department will wait to fill six positions, including that of deputy chief.

J. KARL MILLER: Football is only a game

The best of college football was seen when there were only five or six major bowl games, there were three different "senior" bowls, and the No. 1 team was selected by the AP and UPI.

Summer solstice: Facts about the longest day of the year

The summer solstice — the official beginning of summer — arrives at 6:09 p.m. in Columbia, and Wednesday is the longest day of the year. Here are some facts about the solstice and a look at how people celebrate the day and the season.

Garage fire causes minor damage to house on Creasy Springs Road

The house on Creasy Springs Road sustained little damage when its attached garage caught fire Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Free screening of green documentary to be shown on summer solstice

"Deep Green," a documentary showcasing the latest energy solutions, will be shown Wednesday night in the Commission Chambers of the Boone County Government Center.

Sylvia Woods-Dixon was talented athlete, world traveler

Ms. Woods-Dixon died Friday, June 15, 2012. She was 74.

FROM READERS: Ready to leave the nest

Photographer John Hall follows the steps of baby bluebirds in his backyard ready to take flight.

FROM READERS: Columbia native co-directs documentary about ancient game

Cole Pruitt, a graduate of Hickman High School, is the co-director of "The Surrounding Game," a documentary about the ancient Chinese game of Go.

Westbrook's complete game leads Cardinals over Tigers 3-1

Jake Westbrook pitched his first complete game in over two years, giving up only an unearned run in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

UPDATE: BCS commissioners reach consensus on playoff plan

The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams.

Academic Progress Rate scores get 10 basketball teams postseason bans

On Wednesday, a record 10 men's basketball teams, including three-time national champion Connecticut, were banned from post-season competition for the 2012-13 season because of poor Academic Progress Rate scores.

Relief pitchers key to Royals 2-1 win over Astros

Bruce Chen pitched into the sixth inning on three days' rest and the Kansas City Royals used four relievers to close out a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.