UPDATE: Study says Joplin homes poorly built for wind

The ASCE investigators concluded it was impossible to find evidence of EF-5 ratings in the damage because none of the buildings met the high construction quality threshold required for determining that level of wind speed.

Black bear confirmed in western Missouri

The department said most of Missouri's 150 to 300 black bears are found in the Ozarks farther south and east than the Vernon County sighting.

Psych exam dropped for mom of child in closet

The mother told state investigators after the child was found in the closet that she began hearing voices in 2007.

Families work together at Mid-Missouri All-American Soap Box Derby

The annual Soap Box Derby continued despite rain at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

School board to vote on gun policy, hear English Language Learners update

The proposed gun policy would be changed to let the district’s director and assistant director of security carry concealed handguns.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Large city developments by Odle family

Other stories include changing the location of a museum and the development of Columbia.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Battle High School opens, children play T-ball

The other best images of the past week came from Shred Fest, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and the MU High School graduation ceremony.


Columbia residents involved in car crash on Route O

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Autopsy challenge from within in Missouri murder case

Five experts are challenging that suffocation was the cause of a 1997 death. The initial report had been done by Jay Dix, former Boone County medial examiner and MU pathology professor.


After storm deaths, search on for perfect warning

There is debate about whether there can be too much advance warning of tornado strike, and if this could lead people to take foolish risks such as trying to dart across town to pick up a loved one or taking to the open road to try to outrun a violent storm.

St. Louis school would help address Missouri dental needs

Missouri needs at least an additional 280 dentists to meet the oral health care needs of its residents, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Endangered beetle reintroduced in southwest Missouri

Crews brought about 600 of the American burying beetles to Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie.

100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES: Harold Reisch, 92

Harold Reisch began a 70-year preaching ministry after he was told about two small churches that needed a pastor during his sophomore year of college.

Skateboarders show off tricks at Shred Fest

Skateboarders from ages five through 25 participated in the ninth annual Shred Fest at Cosmopolitan Park.

Former Bosnian political refugee among graduates of MU High School

Amir Dizdarevic received his diploma from MU High School on Saturday afternoon. The 26-year-old had dropped out of school more than 10 years ago.

Missouri House committee to examine ways to prevent the spread of CWD

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal illness that causes brain degeneration. There have been 10 confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer in Missouri.


DEAR READER: Museums may turn out to be the story of the summer

The controversy over the move of the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Art and Archeology may prove to be the “hits” of the summer. Or “page views,” in more acceptable Web analytic language.

Columbia students, staff depart for a science adventure to national parks

The Columbia Public School Science Department has organized a trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Students and Columbia Public School staff departed Saturday for the weeklong trip.

Hopper takes top shooting honors

Columbia shooter Brian Hopper tops 142 shooters to win over-all honors at the Rock Bridge Lions Shoot Saturday,

Conservation Commission votes to limit deer permits

The Conservation Commission recently voted to limit the number of firearm anterless deer permits for the 2013-2014 hunting seasons in 12 counties in central Missouri, including Boone County.