Boone County youth-mental-health tax gets place on ballot

More than 8,000 signatures were collected for the Putting Kids First petition, placing a proposal for a quarter-cent sales tax to fund youth mental health services on November's ballot in Boone County.

City's plans to purchase natural gas vehicles raise environmental questions

City officials cite lower costs and increased energy independence as reasons for the proposed purchase, but Monta Welch, executive director of the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, says extracting the gas is a polluting process.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Handling of UM Press proves learning experience for new president

Since announcing in May that the press would be phased out, UM System President Tim Wolfe's administration has almost completely reversed its initial decision.

Missouri extends AD Mike Alden's contract by 2 years

Michael Alden, whose contract now runs through June 2019, is paid a base salary of $301,917 and may earn up to $777,976 through performance incentive income. The contract extension doesn't increase Alden's compensation.

Rain from Isaac expected as soon as Friday morning

The recently downgraded tropical storm is expected to bring 3 to 5 inches of rain to mid-Missouri.

Driver describes Megabus crash that killed MU graduate student

The 25-year-old driver said the bus didn't react to his attempts to steer after a front tire blew out.

CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: For Romney, a focus on economic disappointment

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke on the final evening of the Republican National Convention, focusing on his plan healing the economy and creating jobs.


Columbia College Cougars accept pressure of lofty goals

Columbia College coach Melinda Wrye-Washington and the Cougars are hoping hard work early in the season will bring home a national title.

Missouri quarterback Mauk arrested in scooter incident

Freshman Maty Mauk, Missouri's third-string quarterback, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident Wednesday night.

Hickman softball team wins at Ursuline Academy

The Hickman softball team improved to 6-2 Thursday night with a 11-1 road victory over Ursuline Academy.

James McCartney's pursuit of knowledge took many forms

James Lee McCartney, Aug. 15, 1936-Aug. 28, 2012, of Columbia

James Lee McCartney of Columbia died Tuesday, Aug. 28. He was 76 years old.

Two set to join Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame

Alumni Kory Thoma and Cindy Fotti will be inducted on Oct. 5.

LIVE VIDEO: Mitt Romney speaks from Republican National Convention

Watch live YouTube video of the presidential nominee's speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

GOP CONVENTION: What to watch for Thursday

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak Thursday, along with Sen. Marco Rubio and Newt Gingrich. Romney's Mormon religion, which he hasn't frequently addressed during his campaign, will get some attention as members of his church share personal stories about him.

Guthrie pitches Royals past Tigers for sweep

Jeremy Guthrie effectively into the eighth inning and Alex Gordon hit a home run to lead the Royals over Detroit 2-1 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep.

Cardinals' struggles continue in loss to Nationals

Washington pitcher Edwin Jackson struck out 10 in eight stellar innings Thursday night as the Nationals padded their NL East lead with an 8-1 win over the punchless Cardinals.


Romney appeals to economic worries, disappointment with Obama

The biggest moment of his political career at hand, Mitt Romney looked to appeal to the feelings of anxiety that are rippling through the electorate as the nation faces stubbornly high unemployment and fears about its future place in the world.

FACT CHECK: Romney's deficit vow lacks specifics

Mitt Romney promised voters Thursday that he would cut deficits, but the details behind that pledge, and the painful spending choices involved, are conspicuously lacking in his agenda.

Romney makes his case: Americans need 'jobs, lots of jobs'

Mitt Romney holds a fundraising advantage over President Barack Obama, and his high command hopes to expand the electoral map soon if post-convention polls in several swing states indicate it's worth the investment.