Missouri approves 4,900 applications for water help

Eighteen month-old Chase Kinder plays in the dry bed of a stock pond on his grandfather farm in Daisy on Aug. 9. A work crew dug a new well on Kirk Kinder's farm with help from an emergency cost-share program through the State Soil and Water District Commission. Gov. Jay Nixon has directed $24 million in unallocated reserve funds to county soil and water districts to help livestock producers and farmers. The emergency program Nixon announced in July covers 90 percent of the cost with each match capped at $20,000.

The state program picks up a larger share of the tab for farmers to drill or deepen their wells or expand irrigation systems.

It's back to school for elementary students in Columbia

Missourian reporters visited several elementary schools and caught up with students on their first day of school to find out what they are excited and nervous about in the upcoming school year.

UPDATE: Mayor announces new flights between Columbia and Orlando

The additional service will force the city to address needs at the Columbia Regional Airport terminal, Mayor Bob McDavid says.


Missouri joined the Southeastern Conference and moved to a new neighborhood. Join us for a road trip.

In Knoxville, a mix of new and old

Downtown has been the focus of an aggressive redevelopment campaign since 2000, and there has been a significant increase in the number of people visiting downtown in the last 10 years.

In Aggieland, traditions run deep

Traditions both on and off campus run deep in College Station and neighboring town of Bryan.

Columbia following state trend with high black homicide rate

An analysis of Columbia Police Department statistics shows that black males made up 65 percent of homicide victims in Columbia from 2007 to 2012. It's a grim truth that the family of Bryan "Phatman" Rankin lives with every day as they continue to grieve his death in a shooting more than four months ago.

Gold coins stolen from antique mall east of Columbia

The Boone County Sheriff's Department is searching for a suspect in connection with two separate thefts at the Veranda Antique Mall located east of Columbia.

TELL US: What is your experience with back-to-school costs?

With the return to school comes the back-to-school expenses. Share how you manage the costs and decide what activities to participate in.

Healthy eagle ready for return to the wild, to be released Saturday

The MU Raptor Rehabilitation Project will be releasing a bald eagle it has cared for since January on Saturday.

MAP data reveal racial disparity across Columbia Public Schools

Ten public schools in Columbia had at least an 18 percentage-point disparity in the number of black and white students who scored either "proficient" or "advanced" on MAP exams.


Identity of Columbia, S.C., complicated but changing

There are still traces of the old South here, but attitudes are shifting and memories are fading.

Tradition of Alabama football helps Tuscaloosa overcome tornado tragedy

In April 2011, the most destructive tornado ever to hit Alabama swept through Tuscaloosa, killing 53 people. But the university's football program has given hope to residents that a normal life, even in the aftermath of a tragedy, is possible.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Paul Ryan a surprising, outspoken choice for Romney

The biggest political surprise this year was Mitt Romney choosing Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. Ryan's strong conservative views appeal to the right wing and appall the left.

Stephens College starts a new tradition on renovated bridge

The Crossing of the Bridge Ceremony leads incoming freshmen at Stephens College into the heart of the campus.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'The good, the bad and the ugly' of Columbia

Columbia residents live with too much "bad and ugly," and the "good" in Columbia needs to emerge.

Residents against trash carts speak out against switch from bags

Variety of reasons cited for keeping trash bags, including lost jobs for sanitation workers and ungainliness of trash carts.

Jerry Hunter found joy in farm, family

After serving in Korea and Vietnam, Jerry Hunter achieved his dream of running a farm.

Missouri football's Simon vies to be his hometown's next great safety

Ian Simon, a redshirt freshman safety for Missouri, grew up in the same hometown as former safety Kenji Jackson. But while Jackson certainly influenced Simon's decision to come to MU, Simon is striving to create his own legacy.

Brian Dale Cook loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and technology

Brian Dale Cook of Columbia died Sunday at the age of 44. He is remembered for his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers and his computer abilities.