Boone County considers geographic zones for tornado sirens

The sirens can be used for events other than tornadoes, including severe weather and chemical incidents.

CVS presents plan for new downtown Columbia store

At a public information meeting Tuesday evening, CVS proposed a zoning change to allow a new store at the intersection of Providence Road and Broadway in downtown Columbia. 

ROSE NOLEN: Summer projects spark nostalgia for things that last

In a world of temporary things, there are still items — and events — that are made to last.

Suspect in Columbia assault, shooting turns herself in

A second suspect in the June 21 incident outside Lakewood Apartments on Old 63 remains at large and is wanted on assault and gun charges.

City looks to give Columbia Interfaith Resource Center a boost

Money from 2012 budget surplus would help buy property for the center, which provides an array of services for people who are homeless.

Spurrier says SEC coaches in favor of paying players

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier opened his quip-filled media days address Tuesday by saying the 28 football and men's basketball coaches were in favor of paying players about $300 a game in football and perhaps a little less in basketball.

SEC Commissioner Slive bullish on potential NCAA changes

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive reiterated proposals he made in Hoover, Ala., two years ago, including boosting financial aid for athletes and upgrading recruiting rules to fit the new technology and social media.

South Carolina's Clowney getting attention for right reasons

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier says Jadeveon Clowney, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year who finished sixth in the Heisman voting as a sophomore last season, has avoided the pratfalls of that fame.

Mississippi football trying to keep momentum in SEC

A wide-open offense has turned the Rebels into one of the trendy picks to compete in a Southeastern Conference Western Division loaded with traditional powers like Alabama and LSU.

Florida hopes offense can be as good as defense

Florida's defense was among the league's best last season, giving up just 14.5 points per game. It needed to be that good, because the Gators' offense ranked just 10th in the SEC with 26.5 points per game.

Spacesuit water leak ends spacewalk; astronaut OK

Italian Luca Parmitano was reported to be fine after the dangerous episode, which might have been caused by an unprecedented leak in the cooling system of his suit.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Egypt's new Cabinet sworn in

Egypt's interim leader swore in a Cabinet on Tuesday that includes women and Christians but no Islamists. In other news, the U.S. Senate stepped away from a showdown over the filibuster.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds conviction in death of police officer

Kevin Johnson was sentenced to death for the July 2005 slaying of Kirkwood police Sgt. Bill McEntee. He had argued that jurors could have been swayed against him because of police presence at his trial.

Missouri added more than 12,000 jobs in June

Despite that growth, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also inched up by one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in June.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Volume of vetoes speaks to poor legislation

Gov. Jay Nixon's veto statements provide numerous examples of legislative failures.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In Zimmerman verdict, fear was enshrined in law

Despite what the special prosecutor said, the Florida v. Zimmerman case was about race and guns.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Seek justice for Trayvon Martin through violence prevention

Do not allow the legacy of Trayvon Martin to be violence, allow it to be violence prevention.

Rivera's final All-Star game appearance caps American League victory

Summoned in the eighth to make sure he would pitch in his final All-Star game, New York Yankees indomitable closer Mariano Rivera tossed a perfect inning to help the American League to a 3-0 victory over the National League on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: As drownings spike in state, swimmers should know limits

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds residents that swimming is a strenuous activity. Swimmers should avoid being too tired as well as too far from safety.

Delayed employer rule could hamper enforcement of health law

The delay in the requirement for large employers to provide insurance could make it difficult for officials to check whether a person is actually covered.