CONVENTION WATCH: Clint Eastwood cracks wise before Romney's speech

The crowd at the Republican convention roared at its first glimpse of actor and director Clint Eastwood, the night's surprise guest. "Save some for Mitt," he told them.


Last of TWA attendants recalled from furlough 11 years later

More than 200 former Trans World Airlines flight attendants who were put on furlough after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are about to go back to work. The recall is effective Nov. 17.

Rams dominate early in preseason victory over Ravens

Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes in the first 1 1/2 quarters, giving the Rams an early lead in a 31-17 preseason win on Thursday night.

Chiefs lose final preseason tuneup

Green Bay backup quarterback Graham Harrell drove for touchdowns on all three of his possessions and the Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-3 Thursday night.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Labor Day weekend calls for higher attention to safety

Law enforcement will be vigilant on both road and waterways this Labor Day weekend.

2 Illinois men die in plane crash near Canton

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the crash, which occurred as the men were en route to an antique air show in Iowa.


Washington University student robbed after being forced into her car

The student was getting into her car when a man approached, indicated he had a knife, and demanded that she drive to ATMs to make withdrawals.

St. Louis County steps up effort against West Nile virus

Adding to concern is the expected onslaught of rain in Missouri resulting from Hurricane Isaac, which is now a tropical storm.

Gov. Jay Nixon revives Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission

Gov. Jay Nixon said the growing cost of state tax credits is reason to reconvene the Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission on Sept. 12.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Samsung patent infringement calls attention to patent approval process

Cases of infringement versus innovation could be prevented by close eye of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

St. Louis officer fatally shoots machete-wielding man

This is the fifth time this year St. Louis police have used deadly force.

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

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.