Four Business Loop 70 businesses damaged by fire, smoke

Fire crews responded to a fire at Loop 70 Auto Parts around 9 p.m. Wednesday. The fire caused damage to three other businesses, Wireless House, Ennis Appliance Center and Carlito's Cabo.

The fire originated at Loop 70 Auto Parts and was contained with the exception of smoke, which likely damaged three surrounding business: Wireless House, Ennis Appliance Center and Carlito's Cabo.

This week's Rock Bridge-Hickman football game set up to surpass 1994 classic

The playoff game Friday has all the potential to live up to the legendary 1994 43-42 Hickman victory.

Cole County court denies Ferguson new trial

Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Green did not find the recantation of Ryan Ferguson's co-defendant, Chuck Erickson, to be credible.

47th District includes mix of urban and rural concerns

The new House district is diverse and includes parts of western and central Columbia, along with Harrisburg, Rocheport and Higbee.

Missouri placekicker Andrew Baggett steadily improving despite inexperience

Despite only kicking for one season in high school, Andrew Baggett, the placekicker for the Missouri football team, is beginning to thrive on a bigger stage.

Missouri's 50th District steeped in tradition and ready for the future

Caleb Jones, running unopposed for the state House seat in the 50th District, prepares to represent an area that spans the Missouri River and includes parts of Boone, Cole and Moniteau counties.

Oriakhi more than happy to be on Missouri's basketball roster

Former UConn player Alex Oriakhi, one of the most sought after transfers in the nation, is thankful to be wearing black and gold; he is one of six transfers on this year's Tigers team.

ArtTalk: Exhibit, conference with Cuban artist Rolando Estevez Jordan at Bingham Gallery

Hannah Reeves, director of the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, talks about an upcoming exhibit featuring handmade books and drawings by Cuban artist Rolando Estévez Jordán.

TIMELINE: The evolution of the Ryan Ferguson case

Ryan Ferguson was denied his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Here's a timeline of the evolution of his case.

Pumpkin beers become a fall favorite for Columbia breweries, drinkers

Columbia's Flat Branch Pub and Brewing Co. and Broadway Brewery are just two breweries creating fall-inspired pumpkin beers.

Wright's passion for education runs in the family

Democrat John Wright is one of two candidates seeking to represent Missouri's new 47th House District.

Advocates for mental health sales tax cite lack of long-term shelters

A coalition backs Missouri Proposition A, which if passed would result in a quarter-cent sales tax increase for children's mental health, because the group thinks the tax revenue could be used to expand housing for kids in crisis. 

Richards brings strong personality, love for history to 47th District race

Columbia Republican Mitch Richards hopes to win the opportunity to represent Missouri's new 47th House District.

PHOTO GALLERY: Families came out for Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat was held this year at New Horizons United Methodist Church. 

Former Boonville priest fights sexual abuse charges

Former Booonville priest Gerald Howard was in court Wednesday. His lawyers argued to have the sexual abuse charges against him thrown out because of the statute of limitations.

New York struggles back two days after killer storm

Two days after Superstorm Sandy rampaged across the Northeast, killing more than 70 people, New York struggled Wednesday to find its way. Swaths of the city were still without power, and all of it was torn from its daily rhythms.

Lee Elementary celebrates its 20th annual Fall Festival

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School celebrated its 20th annual Fall Festival on Wednesday. The all-day event began with a parade at 9 a.m. and a day full of school activities.

MU Life Science Business Incubator provides help for biomedical companies

The facility at Discovery Ridge provides a nurturing place for 22 small biomedical companies. 

McCaskill, Akin and Dine: Where they stand on the issues

The Missourian takes a look at candidates' positions on major issues in Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

McCaskill, Akin and Dine on health care

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., stands by the Affordable Care Act while U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-St. Louis, has vowed to either repeal or chip away at it. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine also wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.