Campaign efforts in Missouri dwindle for Obama, strengthen for Romney

Area Democrats are optimistic but don't see the same strong Obama campaign efforts and organizing they witnessed in 2008.

Missouri football ready for first scrimmage

Missouri football coaches are looking for players to separate themselves from the pack during Saturday's scrimmage.

OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS: U.S. men's basketball advances to finals, U.S. relay team wins gold

LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony led a second-half surge for the U.S. in a blowout of Argentina in the semifinals, and the U.S. women's 4x100 relay team won gold and broke the world record.

Columbia roller figure skater prepares for world championship

Emma Trent will be traveling to New Zealand in September to compete in the World Roller Figure Skating Championships. This will be Trent's second trip to a world championship after competing in Brazil last November.

DEAR READER: Break out the mudbugs and beer. It's SEC time.

Missourian reporters ventured south during the spring to capture the essence of the cities, schools and people of the Southeastern Conference. Look for the package of stories to publish online next week and in print Thursday. It promises to be a good read.

Columbia upgrades lighting in energy saving competition

As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, which encourages sustainable practices by organizations throughout the country, Columbia — including the downtown area — is switching to more energy-efficient lighting.  

Missouri men's basketball SEC TV schedule released

Missouri men's basketball will play 13 nationally televised league games this season – a record number for Mizzou.

Missouri basketball beats Rotterdam 87-64

The Missouri basketball team beat Rotterdam 87-64 Friday in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Police search for suspect in connection with Friday morning armed robbery

A 6-foot black male thought to be between 20 and 23 years old, is at large after allegedly committing armed robbery early Friday morning. Police said he should be considered "armed and dangerous."

Fourth suspect arrested in connection with June home invasion

Although witnesses to a home invasion in the Phenora Oaks apartment complex said only three men were involved, deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's Department have arrested a fourth suspect in connection with the incident. 

Larry N. Winfrey devoted countless hours to helping the community

Larry N. Winfrey of Columbia died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. He was 78.

Larry N. Winfrey, Feb. 23, 1934 — Aug. 9, 2012

Larry N. Winfrey, of Columbia, died Thursday. He was 78.

FROM READERS: 'Blade Runner' offers unique view of humanity and what defines it

The MU Museum of Art & Archaeology will be showing "Blade Runner" on Aug. 16 in conjunction with the museum's exhibit "City-scapes," which is on display until Sept. 2.

Chiefs beat Cardinals 27-17 in preseason play

Jamaal Charles took a solid hit to the left knee on his very first carry, then bounced right up and helped the Kansas City Chiefs score touchdowns on their first two possessions en route to a 27-17 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night.

New Rams coach ready for first test

Jeff Fisher has conveyed cool, calm leadership from the start of his first training camp with the St. Louis Rams, which can't hurt a team coming off a 2-14 season.

Nixon, Spence express commitment to Missouri's agricultural interests

Gov. Jay Nixon, and his Republican opponent, Dave Spence, spoke to a political action committee of the Missouri Farm Bureau on Friday, both hoping to show their commitment to Missouri's agricultural interests. 

Halladay leads Phillies over Cardinals; Phillies win 3-1

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cardinals on Friday night after Roy Halladay pitched eight innings and Chase Utley hit a two-run homer in the eighth giving the Phillies a 3-1 victory.

Manny Machado hits 2 home runs; Orioles beat Royals 7-1

The Orioles defeated the Royals on Friday, helped by Manny Machado hitting two homers and driving in four runs. Machado became the 12th youngest major leaguer since 1918 to hit at least two home runs in a game.

A top player in SEC and nation kicked off LSU squad

Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off LSU's football team Friday for breaking an athletic department rule, a blow to the Tigers' national championship hopes three weeks before their season opener.