Cattlemen Days Rodeo creates big challenge for bull rider

The Cattlemen Days Rodeo in Ashland had calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Among the riders was Matt Dunsmore, a Minnesota native who tried to best a bull named Orion, the same bull that bucked him off at last year's event.

Professional bull rider Matt Dunsmore competed in Ashland's Cattlemen Days Rodeo.

Students set off balloons to celebrate the new school year

Students and staff at Columbia Independent School flew hundreds of balloons on Friday as school's long tradition.

Australian stops at Cooper's Landing on Missouri River paddling trip

Kayaker Bob Bellingham made a stop in Columbia and shared advice and encouragement with locals who want to follow his path.


UPDATE: Akin makes first Missouri appearance since rape remark

Todd Akin reaffirmed his commitment to running for U.S. Senate in a news conference Friday in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield. 

Michael Sam lightens mood for Missouri football, one song at a time

Michael Sam, a starting defensive end for Missouri, acts differently depending on the situation. On the field, he's a warrior. Off of it, he carries a lighter tune.

Mayor, chamber of commerce raise money for revenue guarantee

Donations are also being sought from businesses outside the city.

Fire damages south Columbia home, cause remains unknown

Neighbors gathered to comfort the family as they watched smoke billow from their roof.

Drought results in fewer tornadoes

As the state of Missouri deals alternately with "exceptional" and "extreme" drought, an unexpected benefit has emerged. Tornadoes have occurred with much less frequency, due in large part to the sweltering dryness. 

Columbia GoTopless protest set for Sunday

GoTopless protest is expected to persist in Peace Park till Sunday while eliciting unpleasant reactions from communities across the country.

Columbia library board to vote on raising its tax

The Columbia Library District Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting on Monday to vote on implementing its new tax rate for 2013.

Missouri football opening game available on pay-per-view

The Tigers will play the Southeastern Louisiana Lions for their first game.

GEORGE KENNEDY: St. Joseph Street symbolizes costs of change

St. Joseph Street is one long block just north of downtown Columbia, an old street with a few homes dating from the 1800s and plenty of big trees. The street may see changes soon because of a Boone County Family Resources plan to build housing there.

Hickman football coach Arnel Monroe aims to regain glory

Hickman's second-year football coach is looking to establish a winning culture and build off his successful first season.

Sophomore Twehous is latest in line of Rock Bridge quarterback successes

Quarterback Logan Twehous credits his father for giving him the focus to lead Rock Bridge's football team.

Missouri volleyball defeats North Florida, Virginia Tech on first day of Tiger Invitational

Missouri volleyball defeated North Florida, 3-0, and Virginia Tech, 3-1, in its first two matches of the 2012 Tiger Invitational. Sophomore Whitney Little had 23 kills and seven blocks against the Hokies.

Columbia Housing Authority looks for alternative properties to develop

Columbia Housing Authority partners with other organizations to come up with alternative areas to establish affordable housings after failing to do so on Deluxe Inn property.

Hickman football starts season strong with win

The Kewpies took the lead early and managed to hold off Lee's Summit North.

Man pleads guilty in slaying of Aletha Turner

A Columbia man pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the slaying of Aletha Turner in December 2010. He is likely to serve nearly 23 years before he is eligible for parole.

New interchange project provides J-turns to Columbia Regional Airport

Starting Wednesday, the public is allowed to use the two new J-turns established as the first portion of U.S. 63 and Route H interchange project.

Missouri awards schools with higher breakfast consumption

The Missouri School Breakfast Challenge will grant cash awards to school districts with 20 percent increase in breakfast consumption during the 2012-2013 school year.