Columbia celebrates Independence Day with 61st 'Fire in the Sky'

Fireworks entertain residents who came out to enjoy the Fire in the Sky event Thursday at Peace and Flat Branch parks. Beforehand, patrons experienced food and live music.

Some celebrated the holiday while others paid tribute to lost friends.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fireworks irradiate sky for Independence Day spectators

This year's display capped Columbia's 61st annual Fourth of July celebration.

100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES: From age 1 to 100, hear the stories of Boone County

In these videos, Boone County residents tell a small part about themselves that together weaves a cross-generational story about us.

UPDATE: Police seek second suspect in Columbia shootout

Moises Rodrigo Guillen, 22, is wanted in connection with the Wednesday shooting.  Coty Thomas Galbreath, 23, was arrested in connection to a shootout Wednesday afternoon.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students, business employees, residents find time to celebrate July Fourth

MU students enjoyed drinks at Tropical Liqueurs in downtown Columbia as others tried their skills at disc golf. Still others took a dip at Stephens Lake Park.

Former Mizzou pitcher gets off to a 13-0 season start, a 27-year record

Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to begin the season with 13 wins and no losses since Roger Clemens won his first 14 decisions for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.


Mandela on life support, faces 'impending death'

Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8, remains in critical but stable condition, according to the office of President Jacob Zuma, who visited the anti-apartheid leader on Thursday. The president's office also said doctors denied reports that 94-year-old Mandela is in a "vegetative state."

UPDATE: Statue of Liberty reopens as U.S. salutes Fourth of July

Hundreds lined up Thursday to be among the first to board boats destined for Lady Liberty. Boston prepared to host its first large gathering since the marathon bombing that killed three and injured hundreds.

Medals returned to Missouri family of Vietnam soldier

The medals along with letters describing Cummins' bravery had been stashed in a storage unit in Alexander City, Ala.

Columbia man still sought in connection with convenience store robberies

Larry Blackwell Cole, 40, remained a suspect at-large Thursday.

Former secretary remembered for selflessness, service at Truman Veterans Hospital

Sarah "Juanita" Kidwell worked for more than 30 years as a secretary at Atkins Inc. and received a certificate of appreciation for her 20 years of volunteerism at the veterans hospital.

Car and foot chases end in two drug arrests

Columbia Police made two arrests after chasing suspects on foot. 

Gas prices are below $3.50 nationally for first time since February

Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance.

Letters from father of U.S. Navy surface in South Carolina

Eleven letters from John Paul Jones, regarded as the father of the U.S. Navy, have recently resurfaced at the Charleston Library Society. The letters show correspondence with people such as Benjamin Franklin and Secretary of the Navy John Hewes.


New York gay resort community gains historic recognition

The seaside resort on Fire Island, about 60 miles east of Manhattan, was known as far back as the late 1940s as a sanctuary where gay writers, actors and businesspeople from the city and beyond escaped to relax, hold hands and show affection in public.

Small, medium-sized businesses to be affected most by health care law delay

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would postpone until Jan. 1, 2015, the effective date of what's called the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.

FROM READERS: Father and Adapted Gymnastics co-coordinator reflects on Tiger Academy Gymnastics' impact

As Tiger Academy Gymnastics prepares to move, Jeffrey Krug, the co-coordinator of the Adapted Gymnastics program, reflects on what his involvement has meant to him.

Behavior modifications help save dogs' lives

The Central Missouri Humane Society has lowered euthanasia rates by working harder to retrain dogs with aggression problems.

Underlying roadbed issues delay resurfacing of West Boulevard

Contractors are scheduled to finish milling West Boulevard on July 15 and will start resurfacing the street on July 16 said Steven Sapp, spokesman for Columbia Public Works.

July 4 across the country: Ariz. to honor firefighters, Statue of Liberty opens in N.Y.

Boston to hold first celebration since marathon bombing; New Orleans brings John Mayer, Neo to French Quarter for free concert.