PHOTO GALLERY: Working in Columbia through the years

THEN: In this file photo from Jan. 3, 1990, Randy Davis prepares French bread at the Upper Crust.

To mark Labor Day this year, Missourian photographers used file photos from the early 1990s to set up similar scenes of people working in Columbia in 2012.

Union representatives call for reflection on Labor Day

Columbia's workforce says the 118-year-old holiday is a celebration of what American laborers have created.

Marcus Murphy shows he's the right player for Missouri's football team's kick return job

After missing last season with an injury, sophomore Marcus Murphy returned two punts for touchdowns in the Tigers' opener Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana.

Weekend rainfall less than expected; long-term outlook bleak

The National Weather Service expects the drought to persist or worsen over the next three months.

Georgia might start freshman tailback during Missouri match-up

Freshman Todd Gurley ran for three touchdown's on only eight carries in Georgia's 45-23 opening win over Buffalo.

VolleyZou gears up for SEC play

VolleyZou student coordinators are seeking new ways to entertain the crowd and to recruit new members as the Tigers head into their first Southeastern Conference game against Tennessee on Sept. 12.

Columbia city staff recommends eliminating eight advisory boards

In a report to the City Council, the city clerk and city manager suggest several changes to the city's myriad

PHOTO GALLERY: Families enjoy cooler weather at Devil's Ice Box

Families enjoy cooler weather while exploring Devil's Ice Box cave system on Labor Day.

Heart of America Marathon draws runners from across the continent

Runners from across the country, as well as Canada, came to Columbia for what proved to be a challenging race course.

Report finds historic preservation has profound impact on economy

Historic preservation tax credit projects in the Columbia area totaled $88.8 million over the past decade, according to a report commissioned by the city of Columbia. Every public dollar spent generated $4.40 in private investment, the study found.

Gulf Coast oil and gas production ramping up after Isaac

While a substantial amount of oil and gas remains off line, production is coming back as expected. No major damage to oil platforms or refineries have been reported, and no further storm-related spikes in energy prices are expected.

Labor Day rally at Stephens Lake Park encourages natural birth

The protest, called Rally for Change, was held to advocate a preference for natural labor methods over cesarean sections or induced labor.

Hinkson Creek clean-up efforts gets boost from state, EPA

The clean-up effort will begin with monitoring of Hinkson Creek to determine the best ways to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

MU student attempts record for fastest marathon in a suit

MU graduate student Steven Mankofsky came up almost two hours short in his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon time while wearing a suit.

Show me the records: School finance reports

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers a free report on school finance reports.

Carl Edwards' Chase chances nearly gone

The No. 99 car blew a piston on lap 264 in Sunday night's Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leaving Edwards with a 36th-place finish in a race he desperately needed to win.

PHOTO GALLERY: Musicians, locals celebrate Labor Day at Cooper's Landing

Musicians play bluegrass music by the Missouri River at Cooper's Landing to celebrate Labor Day.


Shakespeare's offers free balloon ride as part of delayed grand opening

The balloon was on a tether and rose about 100 feet in the air over the lawn outside the Shakespeare's parking lot. Rides lasted about five minutes.

Study finds little evidence to support superiority of organic food

Stanford University researchers concluded that eating organic food is not much healthier than conventional food. Their study did find some difference in antibiotic-resistant germs in meat.

City commission waives firewall requirement for North Light

The variance will allow North Light LLC to include doors in a firewall between its apartments and the city-owned Short Street garage.