ANALYSIS: McCaskill, Akin tout extremes in Missouri's U.S. Senate race

Within hours of Todd Akin winning the Republican nomination, Claire McCaskill was casting him as a conservative extremist.  Akin countered by portraying McCaskill as a big-spending liberal.

Missouri volleyball team looks forward to SEC challenges

Missouri volleyball is looking to have a good first season in the Southeastern Conference. Despite a relatively young team, the Tigers come into the SEC with power house veteran players and three talented newcomers. 

Traveling to Tigers' away games in SEC towns could be pricey

Unless airfares go down, Tiger fans will need to plan early to attend away games if they hope to travel for less.

London Olympics: Aries Merritt of U.S. wins 110-meter hurdles gold

The 27-year-old Merritt led a 1-2 finish for the United States in the 110-meter hurdles at the London Olympics, winning in 12.92 seconds. World champion Jason Richardson was second in 13.04. Hansle Parchment of Jamaica took the bronze in 13.12.

London Olympics: Felix takes gold in 200

Allyson Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100 four nights earlier, by .21 seconds. American Carmelita Jeter added bronze to go with her silver in the 100 meters.

London Olympics: May-Treanor, Walsh win Olympic beach volleyball gold

Playing in the Summer Games together for the last time, the twice-defending champions extended their unbeaten streak to 21 in a row.

London Olympics: U.S. basketball overwhelms Australia, 119-86

Kobe Bryant scored six 3-pointers in the second half Wednesday as the U.S. advanced to the semifinals in the London Games.

Missouri football offensive line improving despite injuries

With injuries to left guard Travis Ruth and right tackle Taylor Chappell, young Missouri offensive linemen are gaining valuable experience at Tiger practices.

Missouri coordinator confident in team's run game

With Missouri tailback Henry Josey likely out for the season, the Tigers are preparing to fill the void.


Patients at MU Children's Hospital pampered at spa day

Children got their hair, nails and makeup done at the Glamour-azzi spa party at the hospital to enjoy being a kid again.

OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS: U.S. takes lead in Olympic medals

The United States claimed 11 medals Wednesday, taking the overall lead from China. Athletes from track and field and beach volleyball led the way.

Two Columbia residents reported missing

Jennifer Topper, 22, and Zachery Howard, 23, were reported missing by a friend Monday. Friends are organizing a search effort through fliers and Facebook.

American farmers seeking hardier breeds for drought, climate change

Across American agriculture, farmers and crop scientists have concluded they need to adapt to climate change with a new generation of hardier animals and plants specially engineered to survive, and even thrive, in intense heat, with little rain.

Missouri volleyball players enjoy international competition

MU sophomores Whitney Little and Katie O'Brien spent two weeks in Europe this summer competing with the USA Development Team.

ACLU files lawsuit over Missouri prayer measure

The American Civil Liberties Union alleges that a provision in the amendment that says the religious rights of prison inmates are limited to federal law violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause and the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom.

UPDATE: NRC puts nuclear licensing decisions on hold, affects Ameren's Callaway County plant

The NRC's Tuesday ruling will delay at least 19 requests by utilities for new construction and operating licenses or license renewals. Those projects include Ameren Corp.'s request for a 20-year license renewal at its Callaway County plant

UPDATE: Fyfer Place fire caused by electronic keyboard

One adult, who received minor burns while trying to put out the fire, and one child, who was treated for smoke inhalation, were taken to University Hospital.

DAVID ROSMAN: An honest dialogue about guns is needed

Owning more guns will not slow down gun crime, nor will eliminating all gun ownership. But there is an answer somewhere. We have to be willing to talk first.

J. KARL MILLER: The Olympic Games, a quadrennial celebration for good

The Games of the Olympiad are not perfect, but they trump any other international cooperation effort.

Census seeks changes in how it measures race

The recommendations released Wednesday stem from new government research on the best ways to count the nation's demographic groups.