Missouri book challenges run the gamut, both in rationale and result

Sunshine requests filed with all 566 Missouri school districts by a School of Journalism class produced records of 53 book challenges since 2008. Twelve books were banned during that time.

PHOTO GALLERY: Engineering camp brings high school students to MU

High school students took part in experiments which help teach the principles of engineering, such as designing bottle rockets.

City Council approves two new cameras in Douglass Park

The new cameras will record activities mainly around the swimming pool and basketball court. They are expected to be installed in eight to 10 months.

High school motocross rider doesn't let summer heat stop him

Chase Breeggemann, a 15-year-old from Boonville, practiced riding his dirt bike for almost five hours Sunday at Finger Lakes State Park's motocross track.

Fire ignites at Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area for the fourth time in nine days

The extreme heat and dry conditions make it easy for fires to spread — and also make the work harder on the firefighters.

Trees cut down on Lowry Mall as part of beautification project

MU workers are removing older trees, benches and trash cans from Lowry Mall as part of a beautification project.

Missouri has yet to create health insurance exchange

Missouri officials have yet to begin work on creating a health care exchange even though states are required to tell the federal government by Nov. 16 how they will proceed. If states refuse to implement their own insurance-comparison marketplace, the federal government will step in to operate the exchange.

DAVID ROSMAN: Vote 'no' on Amendment No. 2

David Rosman believes that Amendment No. 2 has a strong possibility of violating the state and federal constitutions and encourages voters to vote "no."

FAIR IN THE MAKING: Tessa Chambers prepares goats to sell at fair

Tessa Chambers, 16, will be showing two boer goats at the Boone County Fair next week.

Boone County Commission candidates weigh in on home rule

Although most of the Boone County Commission candidates think home rule would benefit Boone County, few see it as a priority.

Candidates for public administrator discuss visibility, challenges of office

Three of the four candidates running for Boone County public administrator discussed their qualifications, the lack of understanding of what a public administrator does and the challenges of the office.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dancers, steampunk characters attend Family Fun Fest

The Family Fun Fest on Wednesday night at Flat Branch Park included music, dancing, bounce houses, face painting and more.

Construction of the Avenue of the Columns starts Monday

Lane restrictions on Broadway, Seventh and Eighth streets will start Monday because of work by the Avenue of the Columns Committee. The construction, broken down into four separate phases, is meant to beautify the street.

Planning Lucinda Williams concert no walk in the park for Thumper Entertainment

Thumper Entertainment has gained final City Council approval for a concert Tuesday at Stephens Lake Park. The entertainment company said they hope to hold a series of similar events next summer

Two people arrested in connection with stolen vehicle

Two people were arrested early Wednesday morning after being pulled over for driving in the wrong lane on Stadium Boulevard.

Suspect arrested in connection with recent South Providence Road shooting

A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with a July 11 shooting at 2311 S. Providence Road.

Missouri's Franklin named to Davey O'Brien Award watch list

The junior quarterback has been added to a second preseason award watch list Tuesday.

Sonja Raitt-Ogden, Dec. 29, 1962 — July 18, 2012, of Columbia

 Sonja D. Raitt-Ogden of Columbia died Wednesday, July 18, 2012. She was 49.


Sonja Raitt-Ogden was teacher, softball champion

Sonja D. Raitt-Ogden of Columbia died Wednesday, July 18, 2012. She was 49.

Coach John L. Smith: Enjoying ride after replacing Petrino

The Arkansas Razorbacks have moved on from Bobby Petrino's firing following revelations that he had hired his mistress to a position in the football department and given her $20,000 in gifts.