Missing Columbia couple found by police

Jennifer Topper, 22, and Zachery Howard, 23, were found in central Columbia on Thursday afternoon. The pair was unaware they had been reported missing by friends on Monday.

Adventurer starting swim down Missouri River

Dave Cornthwaite plans to swim 1,000 miles to raise funds for AV Foundation, which supports rural schools in poor countries and breast cancer awareness.

UPDATE: Escaped inmate captured in Howard County

An escaped inmate was apprehended in Howard County by law enforcement officers from nine agencies. The manhunt lasted approximately three hours.

Missouri football to host Football X's and O's clinic for women

Rockie Alden, wife of Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden, will host the annual X's and O's Clinic on Aug. 25 at Memorial Stadium in the LeMone Tiger Lounge. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch an otherwise closed Missouri football practice and have brunch in the lounge.

Stephens College begins replacing bridge spans

Stephens College will install two bridge spans Thursday. Roads will be closed near the College Avenue and Broadway intersection from 8 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

Man dies after jumping from downtown parking garage

A man jumped off the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets and died Thursday morning. This was second fatality at the garage since it opened in March 2011.

Restaurant manager robbed while depositing money

A 25-year-old man was robbed as he was depositing money at Landmark Bank on Paris Road early Thursday morning. No arrests have been made, and the crime is under investigation.

FROM READERS: Enduring the heat worthwhile to photograph hummingbirds

The heat doesn't stop John Hall as he photographs the hummingbirds that have made a stop in his yard before heading south.

Man wanted in connection with assault

The Columbia Police Department is searching for a man in connection with an assault at 6:40 p.m. Monday.

Health care law's tax hikes are coming: Who pays?

Who gets thumped by higher taxes in President Barack Obama's health care law? The wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit, starting next year. And the pain will be shared by some who aren't so well off — people swept up in a hodgepodge of smaller tax changes that will help finance health coverage for millions in need.

5 Missouri primary races appear eligible for recount

Unofficial election results from Tuesday's election show that there could be recounts in Republican races for secretary of state, state House District 130 in southwestern Missouri and state House District 151 in southeastern Missouri. Recounts in the Democratic primaries would be for the 2nd Congressional District and state House District 87 in the St. Louis area.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Oversight of Lake of the Ozarks power project best left with federal authority

Missouri does not have an energy department. The nearest match might be the state's Public Service Commission. If authority is transferred to local governments, uniformity issues might arise. The shoreline extends through four counties and a number of municipalities.