Bob Gerau has been collecting vintage fireworks for nearly a decade

Bob Gerau of Columbia shows vintage explosive as part of his firework collection. Gerau has been collecting for about 9 years and keeps his private collection in glass cases.

Bob Gerau's fireworks collection has an estimated value of $100,000. Gerau said as a young kid, he always had an interest in fireworks. He opened his first fireworks stand 48 years ago.


Seven questions remain about Missouri football

With seven days to go before the Tigers' final scrimmage of fall camp, here are seven questions that still need answers.

UM President Tim Wolfe urges GOP to reconsider tax-cut bill

Missouri Republicans acknowledge they've met with Wolfe but won't state whether they intend to vote in favor of overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of House Bill 253.


3 arrested in Tre'Veon Marshall shooting death; 2 charged with murder

Three teens have been arrested in connection with a July fatal shooting in Columbia. Two were charged with first-degree murder, and another was charged with hindering prosecution.

Welcome back: What's new in Columbia and around campus

See what's new around town and at MU, and Stephens College and Columbia College. And, Tigers football fans, here's what you can expect this season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents learn to paint while drinking wine

Residents learned how to paint layers during an art class at The Canvas on Broadway.

James Franklin named Missouri football's starting quarterback

Coach Gary Pinkel named senior James Franklin the Missouri starting quarterback several hours after Franklin's impressive performance in the team's second fall scrimmage.

ESPN's John Anderson plans College Avenue Mile race

MU alumnus and ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson will return to Columbia for a one-mile charity race Sept. 8. His charity supports running clubs and other programs in Columbia public schools. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Stop the political, economic evil of payday lenders

Missouri, thanks to its compliant legislature and its worst-in-the-nation campaign finance and lobbying ethics laws, has become a major hunting ground for the payday loan sharks.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Flight cancellations cause travelers to reconsider choices

I didn’t even realize that none of my Journalism School colleagues, most of whom were bound for Washington to attend a conference, had joined us on our route.

Stankowski Field set to reopen Monday

MU's Stankowski Field received a bevy of upgrades over the summer including the replacement of its track surface.

Midnight BBQ signals start of fall semester

Students ring in fall semester at the annual Midnight BBQ at MU.


2 new degrees debut at Columbia College

Bachelor degrees in public administration and master degrees in teaching are being introduced.

Empire Artistic Skate Club wins gold at nationals

The team of roller skaters significantly improved its medal haul from last year's performance despite having far fewer members.

Morgan Andrew Burnham enjoyed antiquing, playing in band

Morgan Burnham played in a band named Amputee Set and was the catcher for his friends' softball team for more than 10 years. He lived a life full of loving family and friends.

13 performance arts shows at Stephens College

Here is a list of 13 performances that will be presented by Stephens College.

13 discounts and deals for MU students

Student discounts are available at many Columbia stores and restaurants. Here's how students can find and receive them.

Missouri officials back State Fair despite Obama stunt

Although some Democratic Missouri House members suggested canceling the annual ham breakfast, the Gov. Jay Nixon said it was an opportunity for political leaders to talk with residents.

Missouri entities get $1.8M for health navigators

Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions will get more than $1 million to lead a coalition of 11 organizations that are supposed to raise awareness about health insurance options.


Fines levied after fatal Kansas City restaurant explosion

A blast that occurred after a natural gas supply line was breached killed one restaurant worker and injured 15 others in February.