UPDATE: 12 killed, 59 wounded in Colo. theater shooting

Yellow markers sit next to evidence, including a gas mask, as police investigate the scene outside the Century 16 movie theater east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo. on Friday. A gunman in a gas mask hurled a gas canister and then opened fire during a midnight showing of the Batman movie in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said Holmes wore body armor, used an assault rifle, a shotgun and a Glock handgun.

Rock Bridge tennis players attribute success to longtime instructor

Jaime Vargas, who coaches Rock Bridge High School players year round, has been involved in the Columbia tennis scene since 1981, and has helped Bruins players find success at the State Games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Show-Me State Games opens with Truman the Tiger, cauldron lighting

The Show-Me State Games began with an opening ceremony held at the Hearnes Center on Friday.


Columbia Cardinals continue their success in Show-Me opener

The 12-year-old Columbia Cardinals are competing in the 13-year-old age group at the 2012 Show-Me State Games. Devin Bernskoetter, a pitcher, threw a no-hitter in their opening game. 

West Broadway Swim Club brings 'Arctic Friday' to the pool with ice chunks

The West Broadway Swim Club hosted "Arctic Friday" where they passed out 10-pound blocks of ice to swimmers and made snow cones to help Columbia beat the heat

Fires may not stop near Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area for months

Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Gale Blomenkamp points to hot, dry conditions as a catalyst in several recent fires around the conservation area north of Columbia.

Democratic candidates for Northern District commissioner discuss city, county cooperation

The Boone County Muleskinners hosted a forum at the Columbia Country Club on Friday.

Nationwide costume ban not in effect at Columbia theaters

While a national movie chain has banned costumes, local movie theaters have no plans to do the same.

FAIR IN THE MAKING: New vendors, entertainment at Boone County Fair

This year's Boone County Fair will include more outside food vendors and a mud volleyball  tournament.

Missouri's Franklin named to Walter Camp watch list

The junior quarterback has been named to three preseason awards watch lists this summer.

FROM READERS: A veteran's trip with Central Missouri Honor Flight

Central Missouri Honor Flight helps military veterans visit war memorials at no cost. Walter Rolley Jr. made this trip in May with his daughter and his longtime friend Jerry Dethrow.


MULTIMEDIA: Family joins parents in running local 'you-pick' farm

Mark and Amy Pickering are spending their second summer getting the hang of running Pick and Pick Farm. The two moved from California to Columbia to enjoy a simpler life.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Children need to be allowed time to be childish

Julia Williams said that people need to allow their children to enjoy their time as children and not force them to grow up too quickly

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: University needs balance

MU needs to support academia in the same way it supports its athletic programs.

Dona Gaddy, Jan. 17, 1919 — July 16, 2012, of Marshall

Dona Gaddy, 93, of Marshall, Mo., died Monday.

Joe Mauer leads Twins to 4-3 win over Royals in 11 innings

Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 and scored the winning run in the 11th inning to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Cardinals end Ryan Dempster's scoreless innings streak, beat Cubs 4-1

The Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Friday, and ended Ryan Dempster's 33-inning scoreless streak.

Royals get pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from Rockies for lefty Jonathan Sanchez

Jeremy Guthrie and Jonathan Sanchez both struggled this season after changing leagues. On Friday, the pitchers were traded for each other.

Man's work might hit sour note with piano tuners

A Kansas City man has faced many challenges on his way to inventing a self-tuning piano kit that very well could eliminate the piano-technician industry.


St. Louis County police increase security at theaters

Police spokesman Rick Eckhart said officers will be patrolling near the theaters to watch for any suspicious activity.