GEORGE KENNEDY: Country respects right to engage in government, or not

Even in a community with a citizenry that’s often engaged, most people are too caught up in trying to make a living to spend much time or energy on something as abstract as a master plan.

Tiger Trolley Tours to host evening events with local artist Paul Jackson

The tours are intended to showcase his new exhibit "The Adventurous Spirit," at the Boone County Historical Society's Montminy Art Gallery.

UPDATE: Nixon vetoes gun bill; House Speaker might seek override

The bill would have made it a misdemeanor crime for federal agents to attempt to enforce any federal gun regulations that "infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms."

Two Columbia parks receive tennis court renovations with one to host championships

Both Cosmo-Bethel and Albert-Oakland Park are on track for tennis court renovations, with the Cosmo-Bethel courts tentatively being used for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tennis Championships.

UPDATE: Feud fueled Texas and Garth avenues shootout; police make second arrest

A second arrest was made in connection to the Wednesday afternoon shootout at Garth and Texas avenues. Moises Rodrigo Guillen, 22, was arrested around 5:40 p.m. Friday at The Links apartments on Clark Lane.

Drive-ins threatened by move to digital

The switch from film to digital projection has hit drive-in theaters hard in Missouri and Kansas. In some cases, the community is pitching in to upgrade the theaters.

Gov. Nixon signs bill for state employees to keep guns in vehicles

Gov. Jay Nixon described the bill as an expansion of gun rights as it lets state workers keep guns in their cars while on property owned or leased by the state.

Gov. Nixon signs tax legislation for vehicles bought privately and outside Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon's enactment of the law Friday comes after he twice vetoed previous bills that sought to reimpose local vehicle taxes after a January 2012 state Supreme Court ruling.

Missouri senior meal program caught in funding conflict

Funding cuts would hurt service that brings meals to seniors.

South African government denies Mandela is "vegetative"

Nelson Mandela is in critical but stable condition, and a close friend of Mandela's said he visited Mandela on Monday and that Mandela was conscious and responsive.

Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the miracle that brought John Paul to the ranks of sainthood concerned a Costa Rican woman.

Trayvon Martin's mother says screams belong to son

Sybrina Fulton was followed on the stand by her son Jahvaris Fulton, Travyon Martin's 23-year-old half brother, who also testified the cries in the background on a 911 call came from Martin.

New Missouri law relaxes restrictions on cellphone tower expansion

Included in the bill is a list of 18 things that state and local entities can no longer use to regulate wireless and cellphone facilities.

Missouri nun makes unlikely mentor for deadbeat dads

Despite not having any children of her own, Sister Carol Schumer has earned the respect of estranged fathers attempting to reconnect to their families.

Missouri beekeepers swarm to aid hives

Honeybees are vanishing without reason. The colony collapse disorder, or CCD, has remained a mystery to scientists since 2006.

5 killed in western Missouri crash

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the accident occurred Thursday afternoon  east of Archie.

2 men drown in western Missouri lake

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies the two men as Gregory Weese of Plattsburg, and John Butts of Smithville.