MU ecology professor, prairie conservationist Clair Kucera dies at 91

Former MU ecology professor Clair Kucera holds big bluestem, a grass native to Missouri, in Tucker Prairie on Aug. 11, 2008. Kucera said the plant is one of his favorites. "It's tall and dominant-looking," he said.

Clair Kucera, an MU ecology professor and driving force behind Tucker Prairie, died Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was 91.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College President Gerald Brouder readies for retirement

Columbia College President Gerald Brouder announced his retirement in January, and it will take effect Thursday.

MU, Missouri S&T announce small modular nuclear reactor consortium

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe said the partnership would support a small modular reactor "renaissance for the nuclear industry."

Ice pop vendor seeks inspiration south of the border

Maroua Jawadi will be traveling to Mexico to learn from experts on Latin American ice pops called paletas.

Rocheport man is winemaker by day, boat builder by night

In addition to his "make-a-living job," Drew Lemberger has built one or two boats per year since starting his own business more than 10 years ago.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Detroit's a mess; here is how it ended up in bankruptcy

Some of the wounds are self-inflicted, largely by the long string of incompetent and corrupt politicians its voters kept electing.

ROSE NOLEN: Don't depend on politicians to make the situation better

Americans need to band together to figure out how to fix the economy because people need jobs and families need to survive.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri residents need to veto government overreach

Gov. Jay Nixon's state agencies are playing free and loose with our personal data.

Former Missouri assistant football coach Harry Smith dies

Harry Smith, a former assistant football coach at Missouri under Don Faurot and Dan Devine, died Tuesday at age 94.

PHOTO GALLERY: Summer camp visits MU's Museum of Anthropology

Centro Latino's summer camp toured MU's Museum of Anthropology on Tuesday.

Mayor McDavid plans to speak on crime, law enforcement

A news conference is scheduled the same day Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid is expected to appoint a task force to address youth violence in the city.

Part of East Walnut Street to close for construction

A portion of East Walnut Street in downtown Columbia will be closed for construction for more than two weeks beginning Thursday. Four Columbia Transit routes will be diverted.

CrimeStoppers offers $1,500 reward for information in Tre'Veon Marshall death

The reward for information leading to an arrest in the investigation is the largest amount that CrimeStoppers can offer.

Two passengers arrested for trespassing Sunday at airport

Airport Public Safety was notified by a private grounds contractor that the passengers had valid tickets, but invalid boarding passes, so the couple were removed from the plane and arrested.

Renetta Brock, 48, was active in church and community

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at United Community Cathedral, 5210 S. Cowan Road. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the same location.

Gerald Stubbs, 90, WWII veteran, loved family history

Gerald Leon Stubbs of Columbia died Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was 90.

Clair Leonard Kucera, April 30, 1922 — July 27, 2013

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 8, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbia.

Renetta Brock, of Columbia, May 29, 1965 — July 28, 2013

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Community Cathedral. Services start at 1 p.m.

Gerald Leon Stubbs, Nov. 7, 1922 — July 27, 2013

Visitation will be held Thursday at Memorial Funeral home from 2 to 3 p.m. Services will immediately follow.

Cardinals lose Molina, doubleheader to Pirates

Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left with a sprained right knee after the third inning of a 6-0 loss to Pittsburgh in the second game of a doubleheader sweep by the Pirates on Tuesday night.