PHOTO GALLERY: Family visits Cosmo-Bethel Park after rain shower

The Stowe family strolled through Cosmo-Bethel Park after a Monday evening rain shower.

PHOTO: Incoming MU freshmen take part in sororities' recruitment week

Recruitment week is underway for MU's sororities as incoming freshmen take a look at different houses.

Columbia College introduces new public administration degree

Students at Columbia College start their 2013-14 academic year with the option to pursue degrees in public administration for the first time in the school's history.


Changes take effect as school year opens for Columbia Public Schools

Changes include new attendance areas, new start times and expanded middle schools. The attendance area boundaries were redrawn among Battle, Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools — students apply to attend Douglass High School — and their feeders schools: Gentry, Lange, Smithton, Jefferson, Oakland and West middle schools.

Study: Half who now buy own health plan to get aid

Tax credits, available on a sliding scale based on family income, will be offered to people who don't have access to affordable coverage through their jobs and buy policies in the new state markets.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU freshmen move into suite

Audrey Smith moved into her dorm at MU on Tuesday.

Kroenke makes surprise visit to Rams training camp

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is a Columbia resident who also owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, and is the largest shareholder of English Premier League soccer club Arsenal.

Volunteers needed for Missouri River cleanup Saturday

The Missouri River Relief cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and volunteers will meet at Stump Island Park in Glasgow.

Driver flees, 4 injured in Ash Street collision

Police were looking for the driver of a pickup truck involved in an accident Tuesday night that sent two adults and two young children to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

W.B. Smith Jr., 89, was an athlete, scholar, businessman

W.B. Smith Jr. died  Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. He was 89.

W. B. Smith Jr., Dec. 10, 1923 — Aug. 11, 2013

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Royals fall short in 10-inning loss

The Royals' Bruce Chen and the Marlins' Jose Fernandez went pitch-for-pitch, each of them lasting seven innings. They turned over a scoreless game to their bullpens, and the Marlins came through on Christian Yelich's RBI single in the 10th for a 1-0 victory.

Lawsuit challenges Missouri campaign-limits measure

The proposed ballot measure calls for capping donations to candidates for statewide office or the legislature at $2,600.

Missouri casino revenues drop $9.5 million in July

Gambling revenues continue to drop, which means almost $2 million less in tax money the government will have to spend on education.

Chiefs' special teams feeling special again

The Kansas City Chiefs haven't returned a punt for a touchdown since September 2010. The last time they brought back a kickoff for a touchdown was November 2011. Everything about this season is a fresh starts, though.

Immigration debate renews debate over border fence

Some residents would prefer to see more agents rather than a border fence. Some also worry that the fence will increase the chance of flooding.

Deaths of wandering autistic kids prompt action

ROSE NOLEN: Families key in solving social problems today

It will only be when the public decides to really get involved will we see the end to many of our social dilemmas. Every household needs to be accountable and commit itself to taking a stand to help rid this country of dangerous drugs.

Missouri court rejects challenge to animal shelter fees

An annual charge of up to $2,500 was allowed to remain in place. At least two animal rescue organizations have closed rather than pay the fee.

Ancient Pennsylvania dwelling still divides archaeologists

Jim Adovasio had found evidence that suggests humans might have been in the Americas 16,000 years ago, 3,000 years earlier than previous estimates. Now, the archaeologist is back after a rainstorm, which lets him reexamine the site.