PHOTO GALLERY: MU Venture Out builds new high ropes course

MU’s Venture Out program is building a new high ropes course called Odyssey.

The new 100-yard-long course, called Odyssey, will hold up to 56 participants.

FROM READERS: Eliot Battle 'was always the perfect gentleman'

Charlotte Dean writes of Eliot Battle's friendship and family pride. Read more reader tributes, and share your own, here.

Missouri Bar hosts staffers of former U.S. presidents at Columbia College

Panelists shared stories about their experiences with former U.S. presidents Tuesday evening at Columbia College.

New 'gateways' planned for downtown Columbia, MU

The Downtown Community Improvement District is narrowing down a pool of designers for signature "gateways" to downtown Columbia.

FROM READERS: Darrell Foster 'was a big man with a big heart'

Gene Robertson delivered this eulogy at the memorial service for his friend Darrell Foster, who died June 17.

Court documents: Two arrested in Sunday shooting didn't pull trigger

A fatal shooting near the Hy-Vee off of Conley Road on Sunday night was the result of a botched drug deal, according court documents.

Ron Schmidt takes new position with youth employment program

Ron Schmidt, who served two years as project director for the Voluntary Action Center, resigned to take a position with the Career Awareness Related Experience program.

UCLA wins College World Series championship

The Bruins completed a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals and ended the season with 11 straight wins Tuesday with a 8-0 victory over Mississippi State.

No one injured in armed robbery at West Ash Street store

Officers were notified about 5 a.m. that a man entered the store with a gun and demanded money from the clerk, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Help police make Columbia safer

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Cardinals batter Astros 13-5 to end three-game losing streak

Houston starter Lucas Harrell entered the game with a 1.73 ERA in four starts this month, but things went wrong quickly. He allowed seven hits and seven runs with four walks in 3 1/3 innings, and St. Louis went on to win 13-5 Tuesday night.

Braves edge Royals 4-3 in first trip to Kansas City

The opener of a two-game set, Atlanta's 4-3 victory Tuesday at Kansas City was dominated by stingy pitching.

Explosions, fire clear downtown St. Louis building

An explosion occurred outside One US Bank Plaza, one of the largest office buildings in downtown St. Louis, on Tuesday afternoon.

After the Great Recession, higher education paths diverge

Different countries are drawing different lessons from recent economic history about what students should study and what kind of knowledge will drive future economic growth.

Employers seek college graduates who can think fast, work in teams

The world's top employers want graduates with so-called soft skills — those who can work well in teams, write and speak with clarity and adapt quickly to change.

4 ways higher education has changed after the Great Recession

Increasing financial pressures to get more people through higher education more efficiently have opened the door to new technologies.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Democrat Markey wins Mass. Senate seat

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey defeated a political newcomer in a special election for the Senate seat that had been held by John Kerry. In other news, President Barack Obama launched an effort to fight climate change.

Royals send Herrera to minors for second time this season

Kelvin Herrera was considered one of the bright young pitchers in the American League last season, when he blew away hitters with a fastball that nudged past 100 mph. But he has been prone to giving up home runs this season, and was 3-5 with a 5.20 ERA.

Gov. Nixon vetoes bill limiting union paycheck deductions

The Democratic governor said the bill passed by the Republican-led legislature would have placed "unnecessary burdens on public employees for the purpose of weakening labor organizations."

94 in Alaska? Weather extremes tied to erratic jet stream

The jet stream usually rushes rapidly from west to east in a mostly straight direction. But lately it's been wobbling and weaving like a drunken driver, wreaking havoc as it goes.