Several Missouri lawmakers fall in party primaries

Unofficial results from Tuesday's primary elections show voters ousted a Democratic state senator from St. Louis and two other Democratic state lawmakers from the St. Louis area. A Republican House member from southwestern Missouri also was trailing.

Voter turnout at 23 percent in Missouri primary

The secretary of state's office said Wednesday that 23 percent of the state's nearly 4.1 million registered voters actually voted in Tuesday's primary.

Fyfer Place fire causes estimated $15,000 in damage

A small fire was found in a bedroom and was extinguished within minutes. The fire caused $15,000 worth of damage.

Future of two St. Joseph Street houses still unclear

Boone County Family Resources is looking for alternative solutions to two houses targeted for demolition that neighbors say have historical value. The agency plans to build housing for clients on the property near Walnut Street and College Avenue.


City sewer smoke testing to start Monday

Sewer smoke testing will begin Monday to locate defects in the sanitary sewer system. Staff will provide door tags in affected neighborhoods to inform people of the coming testing.

Community activist Almeta Crayton collecting donations for area family

Almeta Crayton, longtime community activist, is collecting monetary and material donations for a family whose home caught fire Tuesday morning.

Woman assaulted on University Avenue early Wednesday morning

The suspect ran east on University Avenue and drove off in a red sport utility vehicle after assaulting a female victim Wednesday morning, police said. 

Ashley Rapp remembered for her magnetic smile, kindness to others

Columbia native was a psychiatric aide and enjoyed fishing and other sports.

School supply drive in Douglass Park focuses on older students

A "Back 2 School" supply drive Tuesday in Douglass Park will focus on gathering materials for junior high and high school students.

Mechelle Perez Stewart

Mechelle Perez Stewart, of Columbia, died Saturday. She was an infant.

Time is running out for soybean farmers in mid-Missouri

With continued heat and little rain, soybean farmers are facing diminished yields for the 2012 growing season.

Ashley Alexandra Rapp, Nov. 3, 1983 – Aug. 5, 2012

Ashley Alexandra Rapp, of Columbia, died Sunday. She was 28.

FROM READERS: Hallsville Public Schools add 19 teachers and staff

Hallsville Public Schools welcomed 19 new teachers and staff for the 2012-13 school year at the New Teacher Academy held Monday through Wednesday.

NRC puts nuclear licensing decisions on hold

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

London Olympics: 5 things to know for Wednesday

At the London Olympics on Wednesday, the U.S. will win gold in women's beach volleyball, Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown will go for a third straight Olympic gold in the women's 200 meters and Usain Bolt runs in the semis for the men's 200.

Giants' Marco Scutaro hits slam, drives in 7 as San Francisco routs Cardinals

Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs, leading Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants to a 15-0 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Guthrie, Royals best White Sox 2-1

Jeremy Guthrie picked up his first victory since late May, scattering five hits over eight innings in the Kansas City Royals' 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

London Olympics: Attar makes Olympic track debut for Saudi women

For the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in track and field at the Olympics, the principle was more important than the performance Wednesday.

Rams have options to ease workload on running back Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson remains the feature back in St. Louis, but he might find himself getting fewer carries — and fewer bumps and bruises — after recording 70 percent of the team's carries the past seven seasons.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mars landing rekindles patriotism of American innovation

The rover Curiosity's landing on Mars demonstrates that not only is the United States still the world's leader space exploration, but that people should be getting excited about American innovation.