PHOTO GALLERY: The Urge rocks Ninth Street Summerfest

The Blue Note hosted Ninth Street Summerfest on Friday night in downtown Columbia with headliner The Urge. Crowds gathered for the free show on the street and in the top floors of nearby buildings to watch the show.

The Urge is an alternative rock band from St. Louis.

Muslim families fast, then feast for Ramadan

On Wednesday, Mohamed Gumati, owner of International Cafe in downtown Columbia, and his family, celebrated iftar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

Prosecution satisfies defense's request for evidence in Rob Sanders case

The trial for a former Columbia police officer accused of assaulting an inmate is scheduled for next month.


GEORGE KENNEDY: Environmental disasters, decisions come closer to home

New report paints a dire picture of the state of the environment, so what should City Council's move be on natural gas vehicles?

UM System to hold public forums for chancellor search

The input will be used to create a profile of the ideal candidate to lead MU. Chancellor Brady Deaton is retiring in November.

UPDATE: Missouri abortion legislation will go into effect without Nixon's signature

The bill requires doctors to be present when a drug for medication-induced abortion is used.

Ashland senior goes to Australia for international track and field competition

Landon Bartel, 17, traveled Down Under to jump over hurdles and bars for an international track and field competition. He competed in the 110-meter hurdles, triple jump, high jump and long jump in the boys' 16-17 age group.

FROM READERS: Solo kayaker continues journey on the Missouri River

With kayaker Janet Moreland's permission, we've compiled more photos of her journey kayaking the length of the Missouri River.

Columbia woman pleads guilty to embezzling in Fulton

Terry Lynn Johnson admitted she twice refinanced the mortgage on her home by providing false information to receive two banks loans.

Columbia native among 38 graduating troopers for the Missouri State Highway Patrol

Justin Lacy of Columbia was among 38 new troops the Missouri State Highway Patrol commissioned on Friday, and will be assigned to St. Charles County.

Terry Dean Dyson loved cars, trucks, outdoors

Mr. Dyson was born in Kansas City to Glenn and Roberta Anderson Dyson on Aug. 16, 1948. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Missouri governor signs off on gun-safety course for first-graders

Legislation signed by Nixon also transfers duties of issuing identification cards for concealed gun permits to local sheriffs instead of driver's license clerks.

Jack Barnhouse, 75, died July 12, 2013

No services are currently planned.

Nixon signs quicker intervention in Missouri schools

Legislation signed by the governor removes the waiting period and expands the menu of options for governing unaccredited school districts.

Peach Nehi floats are the icon of Iconium

For decades, Boy Scouts have hiked the mile or so from the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation to Scott's Iconium Store for the famous Peach Nehi float.

Lawn mower racing picks up speed in southeast Missouri

The racers compete not for prize money, but for simple plaques given to first- through fourth-place finishers.

Obama signs bill naming new bridge over Mississippi after Musial

Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor the late St. Louis Cardinals great and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to name the bridge in honor of military veterans, compromised on the name.

Missouri to get new wage requirements on public works

Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday that he will allow a bill changing prevailing wage rates to take effect as law without his signature.

Many new firehouses eliminating fire poles

A survey of St. Louis area fire departments and districts revealed that about half of the new fire stations being built or recently opened don't have a pole

Jury starts to deliberate in Zimmerman trial

Police are asking for calm in Sanford and across the country no matter what verdict is delivered. The jury decided to adjourn for the day and will resume deliberations Saturday.