Local author writes book about vibrant family history

Mike Trial began collecting photos and journals about two years ago for his book that came out in April. Being the only family member alive, Trial wanted to record his family's stories and history. "Writing the book was a lot of work but I am glad I did it," Trial said.

Author Mike Trial researched his family history and lineage and used it to write a novel on the story of his family.

Downtown Leadership Council discusses improvement projects

The arrival of Lucky's Farmers Market and traffic concerns were at the top of the agenda at the Downtown Leadership Council meeting Tuesday.

Fees for driver's licenses likely to increase in Missouri

Costs could double under bill passed by legislature this year.

Alabama's Saban calls for SEC to expand schedule

Alabama football coach Nick Saban said Tuesday he would like to see the Southeastern Conference expand from eight to nine games, an opinion that surely will draw debate at the league's annual spring meetings this week.

UPDATE: Woman in serious condition after Monday shooting

A female gunshot victim was taken to University Hospital Monday. Alfonso Rodriguez, a suspect, was arrested after a chase onto Interstate 70, according to a Columbia police news release.

Missouri Supreme Court blocks eminent domain by port authority

The state's highest court ruled that the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority cannot condemn 30 acres of private land in Scott County, because it produced no justification for taking the land other than economic development.

State seeks anglers' help with bass study

Fishermen should report tags on smallmouth bass caught in certain Missouri rivers.

Missouri baseball players Keaton Steele, Josh Lester earn All-SEC honors

The Tigers' Keaton Steele and Josh Lester were named to the All-Southeastern Conference teams Tuesday.

NTSB: Derailment investigation could take a year

Robert Sumwalt with the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators downloaded signal records, photographed and measured the bridge, and recovered camera data from locomotives.

FROM READERS: What a co-op preschool is and why it's worth it

A parent co-operative preschool allows teachers, parents and other families to be involved in the children's learning experiences.

Robert Wayne Miers died Sunday at 70

Robert Wayne Miers was survived by his wife and six children.

Robert Wayne Miers, Oct. 12, 1942-May 26, 2013

Robert Wayne Miers, 70, of Columbia, passed away May 26, 2013. He is survived by his wife, six children, four grandchildren and nine siblings.

FROM READERS: Bill Smith's family celebrates his 90th birthday

The founder of W.B. Smith feed mill had a birthday party with family and friends, and one of his daughter submitted pictures.

Beltran, Lyons lead Cardinals past Royals

St. Louis improved to a major league-best 20-9 on the road before heading home for two gamesagainst Kansas City at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals to start prize rookie Wacha on Thursday

Michael Wacha, St. Louis' first-round pick last season, will playin his first major league game this week.

Chiefs' voluntary workouts show promise of paying dividends

Under new coach Andy Reid, Kansas City has been showing progress while busily getting ready for the season as its players acclimate to one another and prepare for next week's mandatory minicamp.

Interest leads to growth for college baseball

Almost 1.4 million viewers on average tuned in to watch College World Series games on ESPN last year, with a peak of more than 1.9 million in 2009.

SEC explores primary site for basketball tournament

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive says league athletics directors voted unanimously to "authorize the conference to explore a primary site for the men's basketball tournament."

Some states push against Common Core school standards

Some states are resisting the Common Core standards, which are widely being implemented nationwide, due to issues including increased costs, harder tests and curriculum control.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon must reject bad bills on taxes, guns, abortion, workers’ rights

Republican majorities in the Missouri House and Senate reduce the chances that Gov. Jay Nixon will veto bills, but there's a chance these bills might not be approved.