General Assembly candidates speak to health care, voter ID at NAACP forum

Only four candidates running for local state legislative seats attended a forum hosted by the Columbia chapter of the NAACP. All 13 candidates were invited.

Despite the heat, Lucinda Williams concert draws crowd to park

Columbia residents braved the heat to enjoy the first in what Thumper Entertainment hopes will become a series of concerts at Stephens Lake Park. Lucinda Williams headlined the event.

Columbia's EEZ Board votes to expand job creation requirement

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board voted to recommend a higher level of job creation for businesses to qualify for the program in Columbia. Members also discussed job accountability reports and eligible industry codes.

City budget in 2013 calls for new initiatives, fee changes

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes unveiled the proposed spending plan on Tuesday morning. The City Council will hold a work session and a series of public hearings on the budget.

UM Press supporters plan to enlist MU students to cause

A group of faculty members, authors and graduate students strategized Tuesday morning and decided to get MU Faculty Council's backing for the "Save the University of Missouri Press" petition.

FAIR IN THE MAKING: 11-year-old rabbit raiser to return to county fair

Matthew Barnes, 11, the winner of last year’s Rabbit Show, will bring his two five-month-old rabbits to participate in this year's Rabbit Show at the Boone County Fair.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Quality education will benefit south-central Missouri

Residents of 10 Missouri counties — all in the south-central region — are poorer and less educated than the rest of the state.

ROSE NOLEN: Money will determine the presidential election

Campaign funding may be the main factor in determining the 2012 election, but Americans haven't yet allowed it to decide the outcome.

Gov. Nixon announces emergency help for drought-affected Missouri farmers

The governor authorized the state Soil and Water Districts Commission to implement an emergency program to help farmers drill or deepen wells to produce more water for livestock and crops.

Columbia man arrested for charges of 12 counts of statutory sodomy

Roger Dale Baker, a registered sex offender, could face up to life in prison if convicted of 12 counts of statutory sodomy involving a child under the age of 14. 

Stove fire at Links apartment complex causes estimated $10,000 damage

Cardboard boxes left on a stove caused a fire at 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Links at Columbia apartment complex in Columbia. 

FROM READERS: Preserving the Missouri gourd

Joe Dillard shares his experiences growing and preserving the Missouri gourd, a gourd native to Missouri that can be hard to find.

Wainwright keys Cardinals past Dodgers 8-2

The Cardinals beat the Angels 8-2, ending Los Angeles' five-game winning streak.

NBC to feature 5,535 hours of Olympic TV coverage

The Summer Olympics, which begin Friday, will feature 5,535 hours of coverage, but even more will be available through online streaming.

More high school students using condoms over past two decades

Today, four of every 10 new HIV infections occur in people younger than 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and the teen years, just as many youths become sexually active, are key for getting across the safe-sex message.

Returning military program makes transition to 'civilian world' easier

About 250,000 service members leave the military each year, and all must attend a transition program reconnecting them to the civilian workplace. President Barack Obama announced Monday that this program will be redesigned, and assistance will be offered earlier in a military career.

London Olympics: 5 things to know for Tuesday

The weather, security and transportation are still big concerns three days before the opening ceremony.

Royals can't hold off Angels

Los Angeles rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat Kansas City 6-3 on Monday night in Anaheim, Calif. 

Chiefs players Charles, Berry, Moeaki to return for training camp

Kansas City Chiefs players Charles, Berry and Moeaki will attend training camp after injuries kept them from competing last season.


'Obamacare' reduces deficit, Congressional Budget Office concludes

The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that "Obamacare" will reduce deficits, rather than raise them.