Trash pickers cash in on the spoils of summer

This week many students were moving out and leaving unwanted items by the curb. Others looking for furniture scoured neighborhood to find items before they were picked up by the trash service.

The end of summer means a turnover in student housing and increased trash left by the side of the road. Some try to get to it before the trash collectors.

Bradford Research Center holds field day, teaches visitors about organic farming

About 150 Missouri farmers and gardeners gathered Thursday to learn about organic agriculture and discuss its costs and benefits.

DEAR READER: Newspapers take more hits

On Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer cut a third of its newsroom staff, and Thursday, Gannett newspapers laid off at least 223 newsroom employees across 37 worksites. The question this all brings us to: How does the decline of these newsrooms affect the health of the cities they serve?

GEORGE KENNEDY: Medicaid panels not likely to bring results

During public hearings, physicians, patients insured and uninsured, hospital managers, disability advocates and at least one preacher variously pleaded, reasoned or argued that expanded Medicaid coverage would yield great benefits at reasonable cost.

Soccer groups CoMo Cauldron, American Outlaws band together to support teams

Fans of both club and national soccer meet at McNally's Irish Pub to share their passion for "the beautiful game."

Missouri's Football Fan Day to take over Faurot Field

Missouri football fans can meet and get autographs from their favorite players at the 11th annual Football Fan Day at Memorial Stadium on Sunday. 

Columbia prepares to host its first City Council Google Hangout

In order to watch the on-air event users will need to create a Google+ account. The broadcasts are free and open to the public. 

Day two of Missouri football practice quieter but more intense

It feels like football again. The conditioning tests are completed, results recorded. The first-practice nerves are out of the way. The pace quickens.

Meeting for proposed MKT to Parkade Bike Boulevard project to be held Tuesday

The planned route will run from the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail north to Parkade Plaza. Residents are invited to attend the informal meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in meeting room B at the Columbia Public Library, 100 West Broadway. 

FROM READERS: A wild mushroom discovery

Frequent From Readers contributor Joe Dillard finds and identifies a species of mushrooms in his yard known as Thiers Amanita.

BATTLE RISING: Battle High School marching band attends band camp

With one week left in band camp, the marching instructors for the Battle High School marching band say they are confident in the band’s ability to pull the show and fight song together by their first performance.

UPDATE: Police arrest third suspect in Conley Road shooting

Domionte Cheatum is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the death of Anthony Unger. 

American economy adds modest 162,000 jobs in July

Friday's report from the Labor Department pointed to a less-than-robust job market as July's gain of 162,000 jobs was the smallest since March. And most of the job growth came in lower-paying industries or part-time work.

UPDATE: Bus carrying deaf children overturns in Missouri

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. as the eastbound bus was exiting Interstate 70 near Danville, about 75 miles west of St. Louis.

Cabinet members help launch Arch project

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx helped break ground for the "Park Over the Highway" project.

Missouri prosecutor drops case against Saudi national

Ziyad Abid, 24, has been jailed since Sept. 5 on first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges.

Missouri revenues down in July

Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Friday said the decline occurred because last year's figure was boosted by Missouri's share of a national mortgage settlement.

School transfer situation shakes out in St. Louis

A computer glitch has delayed the placement of transfer students from two unaccredited school districts through a lottery.

Former Missouri lawmaker nominated for federal bench

If confirmed,  Doug Harpool would serve on the U.S. District Court for the 66-county Western District of Missouri.

Lawsuit says Kansas City charter school owes millions

The lawsuit was filed this week against Derrick Thomas Academy and its seven former board members by Wells Fargo Bank, which is the trustee for several bondholders.