Pinkel says younger players need to step up for Missouri football team

Missouri true freshman Evan Boehm, far left, takes on defensive lineman Harold Brantley during a scrimmage Aug. 23 at Memorial Stadium. Because of several injuries on the offensive line, Boehm is likely to play at left guard for the Tigers in their season opener Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says the Tigers' offensive line has become thin because of injuries and that top recruit Evan Boehm will become the first true freshman to start on the offensive line at Missouri under Pinkel.

Drought conditions cause more Columbia fires in 2012

Dry conditions in Columbia, due to one of the nation's worst droughts in decades, have contributed to a huge increase in fires this summer.

PHOTO GALLERY: Golfers socialize on the green at first GolfSo event

Attendees of the first GolfSo social event were treated to dinner and competed in a putting challenge.


UPDATE: Isaac steers clear of direct blow on New Orleans

Hurricane Issac has passed New Orleans, causing power lines to go down, tree limbs to scatter and minor flooding to occur; one person was reported killed.

Columbia Regional Airport will add new double-wide trailer for baggage claims

City officials hope the additions will allow the airport to accommodate additional passengers.


Benton-Stephens landmark tree falls

The tree was probably about 200 years old. The city forester determined that it was a safety hazard in Lions-Stephens Park.

Businesses in downtown Columbia prepare for SEC crowds

Businesses are preparing for an influx of out-of-town fans with the first game of Missouri's football season this weekend against Southeastern Louisiana.

Southeastern Louisiana on track for game against Missouri despite Hurricane Isaac

Southeastern Louisiana canceled classes for the rest of the week after Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday. Isaac dumped more than six inches of rain on the town of Hammond, where the school is located.

Ryan: Romney won't 'duck tough issues' on economy

The race has appeared unusually close since Romney clinched his nomination last spring. Only eight or so battleground states appear to be competitive, although Republicans say they hope to expand the campaign after Labor Day.

Mid-Missouri delegates enjoying their first Republican National Convention

High security, busy itinerary, odd wardrobes among the highlights for those attending the event in Tampa, Fla.

Sneed lawsuit against Ameren moving forward; trial date set

The wrongful death lawsuit against Ameren Missouri will go to trial Sept. 11 after four years.

DAVID ROSMAN: Not all taxes are equal this election

If you support health care and education, then you might want to join in the effort to pass Proposition B, the measure that would increase cigarette taxes in Missouri. 

TELL US: What do you wish people understood about doing your job?

Labor Day gives workers a chance to celebrate and critique their work. Share what you wish people understood about doing your job.

J. KARL MILLER: What does Paul Ryan add to the GOP ticket?

Paul Ryan could inject youth, vigor and budgetary expertise into the Romney campaign.

CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: Ryan accepts the GOP call

Rep. Paul Ryan said he accepts "the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready"


CONVENTION WATCH: For the Gipper, rock star Ryan

The Republican convention hosted a slew of political leaders on Wednesday through video messages and in person, including former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, and former presidential candidate John McCain.


Missouri cross country teams look to experienced runners for success

The Missouri cross country teams see the move from the Big 12 to the SEC as a chance to make it back to the national championships.

MU's 6-year graduation rate hits record high in 2012

Campus administrators say advising services, student success programs and faculty have contributed to graduation record rates.


CDC: West Nile cases rise 40 percent in 1 week

So far this year, 1,590 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been 66 deaths from the disease.

Commissioner of Securities Matt Kitzi leads Missouri's investment regulation efforts

Matt Kitzi, Missouri's commissioner of securities for more than five years, has been tasked with protecting investors in the state. His recent election to a national organization of state regulators may increase his profile.