Councilman Fred Schmidt cuts ties with North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association

First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt said Monday that he will no longer attend meetings with the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association after rumors questioned his residency in the First Ward.

Missouri drought puts stress on farmers, livestock

Prolonged heat in Missouri has evaporated ponds and kept pastures that feed livestock extremely dry and nutritionally low.

Drought conditions mean extra care for lawns and gardens

Water is key in helping plants survive the Midwest's drought conditions, even for evergreens.

Columbia's 60th Fourth of July celebration schedule

Columbia's 60th Fourth of July celebration will include fireworks launched from the Sixth and Cherry parking garage and live entertainment at Peace Park.


Video arraignments to begin for Boone County Jail inmates

Columbia Municipal Court and the Boone County Jail have reached an agreement that will allow inmates to have video arraignments from jail. The arraignments will be for inmates with outstanding warrants or mandatory bonds that they cannot pay.


Beloved actor Andy Griffith dies at 86

Griffith's career spanned more than a half-century on stage, film and television, but he would always be best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the television show set in a North Carolina town not too different from Griffith's own hometown of Mount Airy, N.C.

Boone County Mental Health Board disbands

The Boone County Mental Health board decided in a meeting early this year to either join another group or disband until some unknown point in the future. 

Rockies edge Cardinals

Tyler Colvin hit a three-run home run that put Colorado ahead in a 3-2 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday night.

FROM READERS: The ultimate athlete

W. Arthur Mehrhoff, the academic coordinator of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, reflects on the cultural ideal of arete, noble goals pursued along lines of excellence, as it pertains to athletes today and of years long before.

Lind's homer leads Cecil, Blue Jays past Royals

Adam Lind's sixth homer was the big blow in Toronto's six-run fourth inning.

Kauffman Stadium transforming into All-Star venue

Kauffman Stadium has not hosted a postseason game since 1985, and is being transformed to host the MLB All-Star game next week. 

Cardinals' Chris Carpenter to undergo season-ending surgery

With a desire to continue pitching, 37-year-old Chris Carpenter will undergo surgery to repair a nerve issue in his shoulder that has sidelined him since spring training.

Heat claims 3 lives in St. Louis

Three elderly people have died of heat-related illnesses. All the deaths occurred in homes where the air-conditioning wasn't in use or working effectively.

Missouri court rejects appeals of 2 death row inmates

The state Supreme Court issued unanimous decisions upholding the convictions and death sentences for Carman Deck and Scott McLaughlin, who both cited their neuropsychological issues was not taken into account.

Missouri takes in better-than-expected revenues in 2012

In the 2012 fiscal year, Missouri reported more than $7.3 billion in general revenues, primarily from income and sales taxes. This is up more than 3.2 percent compared to the 2011 fiscal year.

Missouri Supreme Court rejects challenge to earnings tax law

The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge made to a voter-approved earnings tax law on Tuesday. 


Missouri teen wearing earphones killed by train

It is the second time in a month that teens in the St. Louis area have been struck and killed by a train while wearing earphones.

Kansas City officer accused of trading no arrest for sex

Jeffrey Holmes has been charged with corruption after prosecutors accused him of having sex with two women in exchange for not arresting them. One was prostitute, and the other had outstanding warrants and marijuana in her motel room.

Missouri Supreme Court suspends St. Louis attorney

The Missouri Supreme Court suspended Edward Griesedieck III on Tuesday from practicing law. Griesedieck previously pleaded guilty to funneling contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party.

Man dies after bite by copperhead snake in southeast Missouri

The man was en route to a hospital when he started having trouble breathing.