13th annual Katy Trail Ride brings 300 cyclists through Columbia

Bikers on the 13th annual Katy Trail Ride stayed in Columbia on Tuesday night before continuing their trek Wednesday morning. The ride, which lasts five days and travels from Clinton to St. Charles, is hosted by the Missouri Parks Department and the State Parks Foundation

Couples, groups of friends and families came through Columbia on Tuesday on the Katy Trail Ride. The oldest rider was 84. The youngest this year is 9.

Realtors' objections prompt City Council to review occupancy ordinances

The Columbia City Council is in the process of reviewing two city ordinances requiring disclosure of residential properties' zoning designation and occupancy limitations.

Former insurance executive, 'whistleblower' to discuss health care with consumers

Wendell Potter, who is often referred to as a "whistleblower" on the insurance industry, talks about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for consumers.

City Council members support stronger stance against gang violence

At the City Council meeting Monday, Councilwoman Laura Nauser proposed creating a joint task force and getting rid of graffiti. The suggestions were a response to the shooting downtown Saturday.

In Harrisburg barbecue joint, friends find success in unlikely place

When two friends threw away the recipe books and started their own barbecue tradition in Harrisburg, they had no idea what would happen. Their success has exceeded their dreams by a country mile.

Missouri gymnastics team adds two recruits

The Tigers have received letters of intent from recruits Anna Bowers and Mikayla Walsh.

UPDATE: Origin of wild pigs shot on Katy Trail remains unknown

The pigs might have been in captivity at one time, according to an agent from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

UM President Wolfe departs Providence Point

Each of Tim Wolfe's eight predecessors has lived at the presidential home since it was built.

Maxine Turner Haas, 88, was avid Hickman Kewpie, devoted wife

Maxine Turner Haas, 88, lived in Columbia her entire life and was proud to be a Hickman High School Kewpie.

Molina draws Westbrook's praise after Cardinals victory

Yadier Molina hit his fifth home run and Jake Westbrook pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Royals end road trip with a loss

Kansas City, which has regrouped after losing 15 of 18, fell 6-3 on Wednesday night to the Cleveland Indians.

'Sopranos' actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51

James Gandolfini played mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series that aired from 1999 to 2007. His film credits included "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Killing Them Softly," and he amassed stage credits as well.

Edwards not entirely pleased with NASCAR teammate Biffle's victory

After Sunday's race in Michigan, Carl Edwards said he wished Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle, who won Sunday's event, would have helped him out more in the early going.


Bipartisan student loan compromise circulating in Senate

Interest rates, which would be tied to the financial markets, would rise slightly to 3.8 percent for low-income students receiving new subsidized Stafford loans this year but not double as they're scheduled to do July 1.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Obama calls for nuclear weapon reductions

President Barack Obama said "bold reductions" were needed by Russia and the U.S. to move away from a war posture. In other news, the FBI found no sign of the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Missouri releases guidance for student transfers from failing schools

The guidance comes a week after the state Supreme Court upheld a 1993 law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to transfer to nearby schools.

5 things to know about Obama's health care overhaul

Here are five key points about the federal Affordable Care Act everyone should know about, heading into this fall and 2014, when major changes start to unfold.

Federal Reserve suggests it's closer to slowing bond purchases

The Fed's bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates at record lows. A pullback in the Fed's purchases would likely lead to higher rates on mortgages and other consumer and business loans.

World Food Prize goes to Monsanto executive, 2 other biotech scientists

Robert Fraley, chief technology officer at Monsanto, genetically engineered the first herbicide-resistant soybean in 1996. The prize is backed by Monsanto and other agribusiness giants.

Cheating on MAP testing alleged in Camdenton

the allegations include that a teacher signaled students about wrong answers and untrained administrators oversaw the Missouri Assessment Program tests.