For Callaway County resident, alligator is beloved pet

Tina Gruer, who lives in Callaway County, has brought Bootsie to Columbia twice. This time it was to show her friend who had bought a baby alligator.

MU professor's smartphone app could prevent injury, death from tractor rollover accidents

MU assistant professor Bulent Koc developed an app for smartphones that will allow farmers to alert emergency contacts in the case of a rollover accident using GPS technology. Tractor rollovers remain the leading cause of death and injury on farms. 

MU employee arrested on charge of assaulting neighbor, police officer

While police were following up on a noise complaint, Angel Anderson is accused of threatening to kill her neighbor and a police officer before attacking them.

J. KARL MILLER: Don't meddle with the Uniform Code of Military Justice

The Uniform Code of Military Justice, signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1950, has served the armed forces well for more than 60 years.

DAVID ROSMAN: Computer hacking and plausible deniability

Concealed weapons can be worrisome enough by themselves. But the possibility of an unsecured list that names personal information of conceal carry permit holders is something that needs to be addressed immediately.

Two Rock Bridge High School students win National Merit Scholarships

Seniors Stephen Alena Turban and David C. Wang were announced as winners of the $2,500 college scholarships.

Hickman, Rock Bridge girls pole vaulters like thrill of event

Girls pole vaulting, which was added to Missouri state track and field competition in 1999, is part sprint, part gymnastics and part aerial acrobatics.

Rock Bridge boys tennis wins Class 2, District 9 tournament

The Bruins shut out the Jays with six singles wins on Wednesday at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

Missouri softball team prepares for its first SEC tournament

Missouri went 15-8 in Southeastern Conference games in its first season in the conference. The Tigers also beat Florida in a nonconference game in the Mary Nutter Classic in February.

Sheriff's Department arrests three on drug charges

Deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's Department searched two residences in Columbia and found finished methamphetamine, meth paraphernalia, chemicals and equipment, according to a news release.

Sameon Phouk of Columbia died Friday, May 3, 2013

Sameon Phouk of Columbia died Friday, May 3, 1913. He is survived by his wife and nine children.

Mary Margaret Sullivan enjoyed camping with her grandchildren, helping others

She loved to spend time with her grandchildren. When they were younger, she would take them camping at Long Branch State Park in Macon County.

Jean Nauert seized any opportunity to 'get her hands in the dirt'

Jean Nauert of Overland Park, Kan., lived in Columbia until 2009. She taught in MU's Classical Studies Department, worked in Stephens College's library, was an avid gardener and enjoyed fixing things. 

Mary Margaret Sullivan, March 24, 1942 — May 7, 2013, of Columbia

Mary Margaret will be remembered with love as “Granny.” She loved family get-togethers at her house, traveling and gardening.

UPDATE: MU assistant professor accused of breaking into neighbor's house and molesting him

The man who reported the incident said he recognized the assailant as a neighbor.

Jean Nauert, March 14, 1940 — May 6, 2013, formerly of Columbia

Jean Nauert worked as a library assistant at Stephens College until retiring in 1998. She was an avid golfer and gardener.

UPDATE: Rep. Chris Kelly has surgery after heart attack

Rep. Chris Kelly was resting in University Hospital on Thursday after having two stents inserted in his heart Wednesday morning, said Donna Scheulen, his legislative assistant

Sheriff's Department finds no evidence of gunshot near preschool

Teachers and students were on the playground at Apple School when they heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot. The Boone County Sheriff's Department was unable to find proof of a shot and closed the case.

No injuries in early morning gas station armed robbery

Two men robbed Eagle Stop on North Providence Road just before 3 a.m., according to the Columbia Police Department.

Crowd welcomes veterans returning from Honor Flight

The Honor Flight participants had left at about 2 a.m. Tuesday for the airport in St. Louis, on their way to tour the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials in D.C.