UPDATE: African refugee reunites with family after 11 years

After 11 years apart, Nene Rwenyaguza met his family Thursday evening at Columbia Regional Airport. They were separated because of a rebel army had invaded his village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2002.

Nene Rwenyaguza reunited with his wife and four children Thursday night at the Columbia Regional Airport. The family was welcomed at the airport by nearly 50 of Rwenyaguza's friends.

After 11 years apart, African refugee's family will join him in Columbia

Nene Rwenyaguza hasn't seen his family since 2002, when his small Congo village was raided by rebel forces. His wife and children were presumed dead for nearly seven years, but he never gave up hope. The family will finally be reunited.

PHOTO GALLERY: Compass Music Camp offers lessons in practice, theory

According to the camp's website, the "program is designed for campers to experience the joy of writing and playing music" and learn from community musicians.

After final public meeting, Grindstone Trail up for approval by City Council

The Parks and Recreation Department held its last public meeting on the Grindstone Trail before the matter goes to the Columbia City Council next month.

'Chloe's Law' to require heart screenings for Missouri babies

As of Jan. 1, it will be mandated for hospitals to use the screening for critical congenital heart disease on every baby born in Missouri. Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill no. 230, also known as "Chloe's law" last week.

Time machine theme planned for Cosmo Park playground

Public meetings on playground plans are scheduled for Thursday evening and Saturday morning. The goal is to have the project complete in summer 2014.

A little library in Columbia, just around the corner from another

Two book exchanges opened this week, one on Crestland Avenue and the other nearby on West Rollins Road. Run on the "trust system," the little libraries allow anyone to walk up and borrow a book.

Break in the heat expected by weekend

Cooler temperatures are likely to sweep through the Midwest and into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions by Saturday. They might be accompanied by severe thunderstorms.

Senators ready to restore lower college loan rates

Decision could be a good deal for students through the 2015 academic year, but then interest rates are expected to climb above where they were when students left campus in the spring.

Alabama media's overwhelming favorite to win 2013 SEC football season

In the preseason poll released Thursday, the Crimson Tide received 182 first-place votes out of a possible 243. Missouri was picked to finish sixth in the Eastern division.

Route Z overpass to reopen Friday

The bridge is part of a larger project to improve roads around Battle High School. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Inequality is behind dismal life expectancy in U.S.

A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that America's continuing health woes may be more tied up with social inequality than health care.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gas taxes, tolls are better way to fund Missouri roads

A general sales tax is an ineffective and unethical way to fund transportation improvement because not everyone uses the roads equally.

Boone County Fair to start next week with new additions

Fair events are scheduled to begin Saturday afternoon.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban dismisses hype

The Crimson Tide's ultra-focused coach didn't let 1,000-plus reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days change his process-oriented approach.

Veteran Charles 'Charlie' Luther Atkins opened Roth's Department Store in Columbia

Charles Atkins, 85, died of cancer. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

A.W. "Babe" Manns, of Columbia, Jan. 7, 1916 — July 18, 2013

A.W. "Babe" Manns died Thursday, July 18, 2013. He was 97.

Tornado-damaged Joplin schools on target to open

Three elementary schools will be completed by December; high school should open in August 2014.

ArtTalk: Sharing the fun of MU Summer Repertory Theatre

Reader Matt Ingram writes about participating in Summer Repertory Theatre at MU, which this year includes "Anything Goes" and "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure."

Charles "Charlie" Luther Atkins, of Columbia, May 26, 1928 — July 16, 2013

Charlie Atkins was a long time Columbia businessman who owned and operated Roth’s Department Store.