Hundreds of new MU students volunteer for annual Step Forward Day

MU freshman McKenzie Wigman shakes Satchmo's paw as freshmen Megan Hill, left, and Mary Margaret Iles look on. Satchmo and other dogs welcomed student volunteers Saturday at the Columbia Second Chance dog ranch in Jamestown, one of nine organizations which participated in the 10th annual Step Forward Day.

MU freshmen and transfer students participated in regional community service projects, such as animal rescue and park cleaning, Saturday. This is the 10th year for the annual Step Forward Day.

For family, a tradition of showing animals at Missouri State Fair

The Rankin family has gathered at the Missouri State Fair to show off this year's livestock.  They raise meat goats, sheep, hogs and steers for show but also enjoy the opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones at the fair.

Cornerback Randy Ponder looking to make more plays for Missouri football

Tigers junior cornerback Randy Ponder is expected to get significant playing time this season, even if starter Kip Edwards recovers from a knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines.

Fire burns 10 acres of woodland near north Columbia subdivision

Ten acres of woodland burned near the Copper Creek subdivision Friday evening. Firefighters spent 45 minutes extinguishing the blaze.

FROM READERS: 'Own the Night' teen photo contest winners announced

Daniel Boone Regional Library invited young adults to submit their nighttime-inspired photographs as part of the "Own the Night" Teen Summer Reading Program. Crystal Hayden, Laurel Royer, and Laury Lopez won the contest.

Sandra Kormeier, 69, was dedicated to women's health, childbirth education

Sandra D. Kormeier of Columbia, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. She was 69.

Bradford on target in Rams' win over Chiefs

Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives and the St. Louis Rams showed marked improvements in a 31-17 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the annual Governor's Cup game Saturday night.

Moustakas' home run highlights Royals victory

Mike Moustakas hit a three-run shot, Billy Butler had three RBIs and the Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Saturday night.

Obama, Romney try to boost core voters' enthusiasm, attract 'persuadables'

In the past week, the campaigns have engaged in a vigorous debate over Medicare, pushing aside the economy and jobs, for the moment.

Molina's return boosts Cardinals

Yadier Molina, who missed the past three games with a sore back, had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the lineup to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.