THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Fourth of July celebration and Missouri's move to SEC

Images of Fourth of July celebration and Missouri's official move to the SEC were among the best Missourian staff photos last week.

Neighbors react to Lake of the Ozarks electrocutions

The deaths of two Ashland children on the Fourth of July sent ripples through the small community of Golden Beach last week and has lake house owners trying to ensure the safety of their docks.

Columbia Municipal Power Plant fire causes estimated $10,000 in damage

A fire on the roof of the gas turbine building at the Columbia Municipal Power Plant Saturday night didn't damage any of the power plant's equipment and won't affect services in the area, fire officials said.

Ahmed Abdalla, Somali refugee, learns reality of the American Dream

As a resettled refugee, Ahmed Abdalla’s American Dream already came true: He’s here. Seven years later, he is still learning what that means.

Two boys lose fingers in firework accident Friday

A firework accident severely injured the hands of two boys, ages 14 and 10, Friday night. The incident is considered accidental.

Rodeo shooter qualifies for trap shooting nationals

Tanner Brundage hopes to earn another national champion belt for trap shooting in the upcoming National High School Finals Rodeo.

Cardinals get walk-off win to end first half of season

The Cardinals took two of three from Miami and headed into the All-Star break on a 6-2 streak.

Gov. Nixon urged to sign Missouri vehicle sales tax bill

The legislature passed a bill that would reverse the state Supreme Court's ruling that some local taxes cannot be levied when the purchase was made in another state. Missouri residents already have sent more than 100 emails, letters and online messages urging the governor to sign the legislation by the July 14 deadline.

Royals lose again, swept by Tigers

With home runs from Delmon Young, Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta, Detroit swept Kansas City in a three-game weekend series.

ANALYSIS: Politics surround Missouri ballot measures

Nearly every ballot measure proposed in Missouri ends up facing a lawsuit alleging the summary written by the secretary of state and the financial estimate prepared by the auditor are unfair and insufficient.

More public schools splitting up boys, girls

Dozens of public schools nationwide are being targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a bitter struggle over single-sex education.

Temperatures across US cool slightly, but it's still hot

Cooler air swept southward in the eastern half of the country, bringing down some temperatures by 15 or more degrees from Saturday's highs, which topped 100 in cities including St. Louis.



Young Missourians redefine the American Dream.

Tough ID laws could block thousands of 2012 votes

Democrats and voting rights groups fear that ID laws could suppress voters who may not typically have a driver's license and disproportionately affect the elderly, poor and minorities. 

Woman electrocuted in Lake of the Ozarks

The woman, whose name was not released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was swimming near a dock in the Dry Branch Cove near mile marker 5 when she was killed.