Obama's speech leaves University of Central Missouri crowd excited, inspired

President Barack Obama spoke about his plan for the economy Wednesday at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Obama praised Missouri's fast-track college program during his speech. Some people arrived as early as 6 a.m. to have the chance to hear the president's comments.

More than 1,500 people crowded into the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Central Missouri on Wednesday to witness the first ever visit by a sitting president to the campus.

Downtown Leadership Council weighs in on proposed CVS drugstore

Some members of the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council have raised concerns about CVS's plan to build a drive-thru pharmacy at Providence Road and Broadway.

At Boone County Fair, 'sheep business' is tradition for Hallsville family

Morgan George, 19, carried on the family tradition by showing sheep at the Boone County Fair.

MR340 race tests Missouri River paddlers' endurance

The Missouri American Water MR340 began its eighth annual race Tuesday morning. The competition features 526 paddlers in 348 boats racing from Kansas City to St. Charles.

MU plans to test new emergency alert system Thursday morning

MU will conduct its first test Thursday with a new service provider that the university has hired to send its emergency alerts. Students, faculty and staff may sign up for the alerts.

New Osage Beach dock inspection ordinance to take effect Sept. 1

The changes to the community's dock inspection program occurred after three electrocutions near docks in the Lake of the Ozarks last summer.

DAVID ROSMAN: Returning state surplus to citizens makes poor fiscal sense

It is too expensive to return the surplus to citizens and it won't create jobs or be spent on material goods.

Boone County Fair officially opens; Little Mr. and Miss Boone County crowned

Opening day at the Boone County Fair featured goat shows and beauty pageants.

Obama praises Missouri fast-track college program in Warrensburg speech

President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday at the University of Central Missouri, which is a partner with Metropolitan Community College and the Lee's Summit School District in a program known as the Missouri Innovation Campus.

In Illinois, Obama says Washington took its eye off economic ball

Later Wednesday, President Barack Obama traveled to Missouri for a similar economic speech at the University of Central Missouri.

Supporters gather at University of Central Missouri to witness Obama's visit

Many supporters lined up hours before the president's arrival to get good seats for his speech at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Attendees anticipate Obama's visit to the University of Central Missouri

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Wednesday afternoon and those in attendance are tweeting updates about it.

Columbia youth softball team wins state tournament

The Daniel Boone Little League's 9- and 10-year-old Nationals won the championship of the Missouri Little League's State Softball Tournament over the weekend.

FROM READERS: After house fire, woman gives thanks to neighbors, first responders

Mary Jo Roberts thanks Columbia firefighters, paramedics and neighbors who responded to a house fire at her home on July 14.

Shots fired early Wednesday morning near Bodie Road

Latisha Stroer, spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department, said the police were not notified of any injuries. A report has not yet been compiled.

Floyd Allen 'Chuck' Townsend, 85, enjoyed the outdoors, gardening

Visitation will be noon Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will start at 2 p.m, with a burial immediately following in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Floyd Allen 'Chuck' Townsend, Aug. 7, 1927 — July 23, 2013

Visitation will be held at noon Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Shela Reall, 63, remembered as loving mother, wife

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4708 Highlands Parkway.

Alice M. Lendt, 74, volunteered at University Hospital

Mrs. Lendt was a member and past president of Chapter LM of P.E.O. and a member of Assistance League. She also was an active member of First Presbyterian Church.

Alice Marie Deitchler Lendt, Aug. 3, 1938 — July 22, 2013

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Rd., #105, Columbia, MO 65202.