Columbia's fireworks ordinance sparks controversy

Area residents shop for fireworks on Tuesday at Bob's Fireworks. Bob Gerau, who co-owns the business with his son, is in his 48th year of selling fireworks.

It's been a year since city officials passed an ordinance banning the possession or discharge of fireworks within city limits.

Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition holds rally against government surveillance

Attendees of the rally voiced support for whistle-blowers such as Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden.

Columbia experts warn against sparklers for kids

Nurse, doctor at University Hospital advocate safe use to prevent injuries.

Budding artists learn techniques at camp

The children completed several art projects throughout the day that dealt with identity and expression.

UPDATE: Wounded man arrested in midday shootout at Texas and Garth avenues

Two houses were also damaged by the gunfire. Police located 27 bullet casings of three different weapons and an abandoned SUV with bullet holes in it.


UPDATE: Egyptian army ousts Morsi, who decries 'coup'

President Mohammed Morsi has insisted his legitimacy as an elected president must not be violated or Egypt could be thrown in to violence.

Christy Welliver memorial planned for Stephens Lake Park

Christy Welliver was an active member of the community and founding vice president of the PedNet Coalition.

Missouri revenue up 10 percent as state's 2013 fiscal year ends

It seems Gov. Jay Nixon's $400 million frozen for education spending, building repairs and state services to use for the current budget, will be too great to thaw with the additional revenues from Missouri's 2013 fiscal year.


Waterfowl population increase fuels hunting season changes

An increase in migratory birds initiates changes to this year's teal season.

Missouri attorney general says state might have to use gas chamber

In court filings and interviews this week, Attorney General Chris Koster noted that Missouri statutes allow two options for executions: lethal injection and death by gas.

FROM READERS: College Park Christian Preschool celebrates Fourth of July with parade

College Park Christian Preschool celebrated Fourth of July on July 3 with a patriotic parade.

Mo. teenager gets 3½ years in prison for texting during fatal crash

Driver was 17 when she lost control of her car while checking her phone. The accident killed a 72-year-old woman.

AG says state may have to use gas chamber

Executions in Missouri have been on hold, and legislature may need to find alternative methods, Koster said.

Sarah 'Juanita' Kidwell, 77, volunteered at the Veterans Hospital

Mrs. Kidwell retired after 30 years of employment with Atkins, where she worked as a secretary. She also was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her 20 years of volunteerism with the Veterans Hospital.

Delay stirs broader worries about Obama health law

The requirement that many employers provide coverage is just one part of a complex law. But its one-year postponement has taken administration allies and adversaries alike by surprise.

Sarah “Juanita” Kidwell, of Columbia, July 22, 1935 — July 2, 2012

There will be a visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 4 p.m. and interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Nixon vetoes changes to sex offender registry

Bill would have kept juvenile offenders off the public list.

Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoes uninsured motorists legislation

Under the motor vehicle legislation vetoed Wednesday, uninsured motorists involved in an accident would have waived the ability to have a cause of action or collect for noneconomic losses from someone who has insurance.

Nixon vetoes sex offender measure, OKs crime bill

Under the legislation, juvenile offenders also eventually would have been allowed to petition for their removal from the sex offender registry.

Nixon signs legislation that expands definition of rape

Governor vetoes a bill that would have added feels to payday, installment loans.