Missouri vineyards wait for harvest to see the effect of this summer's drought

Although grapevines thrive in warm weather, the recent drought may be too stressful for the vines. The drought could produce a superior vintage, but Missouri winemakers will have to wait until harvest to find out how the weather has affected their wines.

While grapevines thrive in warm weather, too much stress can be bad for growth. Missouri winemakers show the effects of the drought on their plants and wait for harvest season to see how it will affect the quality of their wines.

Boone County commissioner Dan Atwill named chair of energy task force

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill will head a group tasked with preparing five Missouri counties for new nuclear technology.


Missouri struggles to find funding for higher education

Local state legislature candidates are calling for more money to higher education by scaling back the state's tax credit programs.  

FAIR IN THE MAKING: 'If it weren't for clogging, I don't think I'd be here'

Mulekicker Cloggers member Jackie Cole credits clogging with helping her survive cancer. The group with be performing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Boone County Fair.

Boone County Fair schedule

The 2012 Boone County Fair runs from July 24 to 28. For a $10 daily admission ticket, customers can see everything the fair has to offer.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tribute to a fallen hero

Nan Collins writes how the breathtaking display of support Saturday displayed the true spirit of Columbia for all to see.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Red wall made a lasting first impression

Carol McEntyre, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, started her new job July 8.

Columbia Police Officers Association confirms allegations of golf tournament misconduct

After an investigation, the Columbia Police Officers Association confirmed waitresses exposed their breasts during a charity golf tournament in June. The Columbia Police Department, however, has not yet completed its investigation.

Smoking cessation program provides hope for smokers living in Columbia Public Housing

Smokers with limited resources looking to quit have new opportunities to kick the habit, thanks to a partnership between the Columbia Housing Authority and the Public Health and Human Services Department. 

Lucinda Williams concert promoter to provide accommodations for heat

Thumper Entertainment will have plenty of ways for the audience to cool off at the Lucinda Williams concert tomorrow night. 

Grass Roots Organizing, public housing residents to host meeting on Housing Authority plans

Proposed revitalization of downtown public housing apartments will be the focus of the discussion.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: There should be an alternative to transport goods, people

We should be investing in bus and railway systems in order to make public transportation more efficient and minimize traffic on interstates.

Ameren Missouri Power Change campaign recognizes unsung heroes

Ameren Missouri is sponsoring a campaign to reward community activists for their work, which sometimes goes unrecognized.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ignoring obesity is part of the problem

Monir Shababi writes that overlooking the subject of obesity is contributing to people not seeking treatment. 

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri State Auditor's office tax increment financing reports

Tax increment financing is becoming a popular way for municipalities in Missouri to fund development that might not otherwise occur. Check on the status of these projects around the state.

FROM READERS: The arts build a bridge between science and spirituality

W. Arthur Mehrhoff spent much of his career helping communities envision alternatives to growing development trends but has seen an acceleration since the '70s.

Billingsley strong, Dodgers beat Cardinals 5-3

Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 5-3.

Fisher has Rams thinking positive heading into training camp

After winning only 15 games in the past five seasons, the Rams have a new coach who hopes to instill in his players optimism for the road ahead.

Big 12 commissioner says league's best days ahead

Bob Bowlsby said that the best days of the Big 12 are ahead at the start of Big 12 football media days. "I came into this process skeptical, (that) would probably be a fair way to portray it. ... I think we have a stability that is far better than perhaps the public perception."

Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, dies at 61

Sally Ride rode into space on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 when she was 32. After her flight, more than 42 other American women flew in space, NASA said.