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In Columbia, hope and concern after same-sex marriage decisions

Phylshawn Johnson, left, plays the first song she ever wrote on the piano for her fiance, Violet Vonder Haar, as they spend the evening with Vonder Haar's family Wednesday. Both are private music teachers and play multiple instruments. They plan to marry in October.

Same-sex couples in Columbia and their supporters welcomed two Supreme Court decisions Wednesday as a sign of progress for gay rights, but they also said they were disappointed that same-sex marriage isn't yet recognized in Missouri.

At Greenbriar Trail dedication, Gov. Nixon kicks off 100 Missouri Miles

Gov. Jay Nixon, UM System President Tim Wolfe, Mayor Bob McDavid and all City Council members attended a joint ceremony dedicating the new Greenbriar Trail and kicking off Nixon's 100 Missouri Miles initiative. 

Columbia officials suggest teen curfew to prevent crime

Members of the Street Crimes Unit made an arrest in relation to the June 15 downtown shooting after a special City Council meeting where officials discussed crime prevention techniques.

Former Missouri players Oriakhi, Pressey, Bowers set for NBA Draft

Former Tigers Alex Oriakhi, Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers are all projected to go in the mid- to late second round or to go undrafted in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Dock electrical safety still an issue at Lake of the Ozarks

After three people were electrocuted while swimming near docks in the Lake of the Ozarks last summer, electricians were busy with calls from homeowners worried about the safety of their dock wiring. Much remains to be done to bring all the docks on the lake up to code.

Suspect in downtown Columbia shooting arrested

Eric Cravens, 20, was arrested by members of the Street Crimes Unit at 4:13 p.m. on Wednesday in connection to the June 15 downtown shooting.

Construction starts on new MU Health Care clinic

The clinic in southern Columbia will replace the Green Meadows clinic and will take on family medicine services now being provided at the Woodrail clinic.

DocX founder sentenced to five years on federal charges

According to previous Missourian reporting, DocX fraudulently signed and notarized mortgage documents that were used by banks to foreclose on properties that were in default, including properties in Boone County.

FROM READERS: In Supreme Court rulings, the end of 'separate and unequal'

Columbia resident Robert Stinnett wrote about the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 decisions, "In an instant, a huge weight had been lifted for gay people everywhere."

ROSE NOLEN: Emancipation Day reminds us of our history, community

The story of slavery is very important in African-American history. The men and women who endured the hardships and overcame the struggles are the heroes and heroines of our story.

Tractor-trailer pulls down power lines at Columbia intersection

The driver of a tractor-trailer pulled down power lines at the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and Rolling Rock Drive while searching for the interstate.

City staff members, Columbia recognized by Green Clean Institute

Eleven city staff members were recognized for their completion of a Green Clean Institute course.

Woman arrested for outstanding warrants after investigation finds methamphetamine

The warrant was requested and issued after the methamphetamine sale was discovered and it was found the residence had been used by known drug users, a few who had outstanding warrants, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Boone Hospital Center to offer free screening at Health Department

Adults can learn about their health by visiting the Know Your Numbers" mobile health unit from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Gordon sends Royals past Braves in 10 innings

Alex Gordon's fly ball into shallow left field was just deep enough to allow David Lough to score from second base to give the Kansas City Royals a 4-3 victory Wednesday night over the Atlanta Braves.

Fourth inning sinks Lynn, Cardinals

Lance Lynn walked two consecutive batters to force home the first of Houston's four runs in the fourth, and the Astros held on for a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

Missouri official testifies about Real ID compliance

A House investigatory committee took sworn testimony Tuesday from Jackie Bemboom, the director of Missouri's motor vehicle and driver's license division, during a lengthy hearing that at times resulted in raised voices and tense questioning.

More flooding concerns along Mississippi, other Midwestern rivers

The National Weather Service is projecting that the Mississippi River will reach well above flood stage from Iowa south to about St. Louis.

In Missouri, same-sex marriage ruling raises legal questions

Missouri voters overwhelmingly adopted a constitutional amendment in 2004 defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

State by state, more same-sex marriage battles ahead

The court's rulings have no direct effect on the constitutional amendments in Missouri and 28 other states that limit marriage to heterosexual couples.

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