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Runners trudge through sludge at Epic Mud Run

Participants in Sunday's Epic Mud Run in Columbia ran five kilometers through the mud and won mugs to commemorate the experience.

Almost 3,000 runners waded through a muddy pond, slithered on their stomachs through a thick sludge pool and scrambled up monster truck tires at Sunday's Epic Mud Run. They all lived to tell the tale.

Columbia officials debate Parkside Estates proposal

With the Columbia City Council scheduled to vote on a revised proposal for a new subdivision near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, opponents and supporters weigh in.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Missouri football kicks off season; fast food workers protest for higher wages

This week's top photos included shots from Missouri football's 58-14 victory over Murray State on Saturday and protests by fast food workers for higher wages. 

Tomato Festival to serve up about 150 varieties

The Tomato Festival will showcase more than 200 varieties of tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos at the Bradford Research and Extension Center on Thursday.

UPDATE: Auxvasse man still in critical condition after assault that resulted in his son's death

Michael O'Connor remains in critical condition as of Sunday evening at University Hospital after an assault. His son was killed in the attack.

Health insurance ‘navigators’ set out to help uninsured

The objective is to help enroll people in the new federal health insurance marketplace that will open for enrollment Oct. 1 for plans that will begin coverage Jan. 1.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Drivers, not registered owners, should be ticketed at red lights

When a driver runs a red light, a camera captures his or her license plate and mails a ticket to the registered owner of the vehicle. The new policy is unfair and will not deter drivers from breaking the law.

 

Citing sarin use, U.S. seeks Congress' OK for action

Members of Congress expressed sharply divergent opinions about whether to give President Barack Obama the go-ahead he requested to retaliate with military force against the Assad regime in Syria and what turning down the commander in chief could mean for America's reputation.

Carl Thomas Traxler, March 10, 1927 — Sept. 1, 2013

Carl Thomas Traxler of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 1. He was 86.

Lane closure at Hitt and Locust streets to begin Thursday

Lane restrictions at the intersection of Hitt and Locust streets begins Thursday. The closure should last about a week. 

ANALYSIS: Huge Missouri tax cut largely hypothetical

Gov. Jay Nixon's assertion that the income tax bill he vetoed would have cost the state $1.2 billion is founded on an unlikely series of events.

Garth Avenue sidewalk plans to be discussed at Wednesday open house

A public hearing will allow residents to give feedback on a proposed crosswalk and sidewalk on Garth Avenue. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Parkade Elementary School.

Cardinals top Pirates 7-2, tie for NL Central lead

After the offense went silent in a three-game losing streak, the St. Louis Cardinals' bats broke out Sunday in a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that brought them back into a tie for first place in the NL Central.

Shields strong as Royals beat Blue Jays

Starting pitcher James Shields got the Royals off to a good start in September, allowing three hits in seven innings as the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Sunday.

David Frost, known for Nixon interview, dies at 74

British broadcaster David Frost gained international recognition for his interview with former President Richard Nixon, in which Nixon acknowledged his role in the Watergate scandal.

Mandela discharged from hospital, but still in critical condition

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela returned to his home in Johannesburg on Sunday after nearly three months in the hospital, but authorities said Mandela's health was still in critical condition. 

Chiefs' new leadership putting stamp on final roster

After former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli failed in his goal of "finding the right 53" last season, new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are confident they made the right cuts when they trimmed their roster to 52 players Saturday. 

Small Missouri counties experience holdups in issuing concealed-carry permits

Although a recent law shifted the responsibility for issuing concealed-carry permits to county sheriffs, some of the state's smallest counties won't be able to issue the permits until they receive grant money from the Missouri Sheriffs' Association. 

Kansas City-area voters to consider medical research tax

Critics of a half-cent sales tax increase that would raise $800 million for medical research say the impact will be negligible.

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