Communities across Columbia gather for National Night Out

Columbia residents turn out to participate in National Night Out at more than a dozen locations across the city Tuesday evening. National Night Out is an event meant to strengthen the relationship between communities and public services. It is held annually on the first Tuesday of August.

National Night Out is celebrating its 30th anniversary since being created by the National Association of Town Watch to promote awareness of police programs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia residents must take action against crime

Police chief must be forced out if city is to get tough on crime.

ROSE NOLEN: Remembering our military heroes, with mixed feelings

Serving in the military today is a lot different than it used to be.

Missouri football players go deep with NCAA Football 14

When Missouri football players finish their long days at summer practice, some of them return to their dorms and play video football.

Rainbow House receives transitional living services grant

The $179,999 grant will go to the transitional living services program, which helps 16- to 22-year-olds find jobs, learn life skills and get mental health services.

Child drowns, homes flooded in south central Missouri

The sudden flood that swamped the south-central Missouri city of Waynesville killed a 4-year-old boy who was swept from a vehicle.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress must act on farm bill

A new five-year farm bill is needed before the present one expires Sept. 30 unless Congress is willing to abandon a program that provides support to large and small farm operations and food stamps for about 47 million Americans.

Tuesday morning power outages affect downtown customers

One outage affected about 700 residents, including those who live in the North Village Arts District and some in the East Campus neighborhoods off College Avenue.

Bobbi Boyce, of Hallsville, Aug. 17, 1950 — Aug. 2, 2013

Bobbi Boyce of Hallsville died Saturday, Aug. 2. She was 62.

August expected to be wet, raising flooding concerns

Unstable weather pattern is likely to continue for at least the next week or so, potentially causing more rivers and creeks to rise above their banks.

Judge blocks permit for Mo. horse slaughter plant

Cole County judge said he wants to review a lawsuit alleging runoff from the plant could contaminate water and soil.

After 90 years, downtown St. Louis Macy's closes

At its height, the 189,000-square-foot department store occupied seven floors of the Railway Exchange Building on Olive Street.

Mo. school to give amnesty to intoxicated students

Northwest Missouri State is a dry campus, with a strict code that bans drinking on campus and disorderly conduct due to alcohol's influence. But it will now will give students amnesty for medical care.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take another look at tar

When Springfield first considered a ban, many skeptics were hoping that a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would resolve the issue, either by declaring that coal tar sealant was not the culprit or banning its use. The EPA did neither.

Columbia produce stand features Amish goods

MU junior Abby Holman and her father, Kevin, visit an Amish produce auction north of Columbia in Clark twice a week to stock the stand with freshly grown fruits and vegetables.

Westerners evacuated amid terror fears in Yemen

Non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen were ordered to leave the country by the State Department. The department also said U.S. citizens should also leave Yemen immediately.

Plans to rebuild Joplin mosque moving forward

About $500,000 more is needed before construction can begin. Plans include offering the mosque for lectures, community social events and meals.

Live to 120? Most say no thanks

Most people say that the ideal life span is between 79 to 100 years.

Study disputes link between combat and suicide

A military study has shown the length of deployments or number of deployments are not directly associated with suicide. Instead, suicide might be more strongly correlated with mental illness or alcohol problems.

Childhood obesity rate falls in Missouri, 17 other states

The biggest declines were in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey and South Dakota. Each saw their obesity numbers fall at least 1 percentage point.