Columbia Public Schools let out for the summer

Missourian reporters asked elementary school students: "What's the coolest thing you learned this year in school?"

The Go Girl Run races back to Columbia

Columbia's second Go Girl Run has been expected to surpass the number of participants registered during its first year by more than 100 runners. Proceeds will benefit three charities. The race will take place Saturday and is still open to racers who wish to participate.

FROM READERS: Columbia veterans meet with visiting Tuskegee Airman

Gene Robertson talks about his discussions with Charles McGee, one of the last Tuskegee Airmen featured in the movie "Red Tails".

DEAR READER: Journalists are a kind of first responder during disaster coverage

Whether close to home or far away, many people sought out news about Monday's tornado and its tragic aftermath in Moore, Okla. The response adds proof to the need for journalism. Many government or nonprofit officials said during interviews on Monday afternoon that they were getting their information and perspective from news reports, same as everyone else.

Bertha Mae Hendren enjoyed playing cards, gardening

Bertha Mae Hendren of Columbia died Wednesday, May 22, 2013. She was 83.

Bertha Mae Hendren, Aug. 3, 1929 — May 22, 2013

Bertha Mae Hendren worked alongside her husband in the salvage business for 50 years at Hendren’s Salvage. Bertha loved gardening flowers, and she was an avid participating race fan.

World War II hero's medals found inside Goodwill store

A scrap of paper found with the medals told the story of Marine Sgt. James Joseph McKenzie, a former prisoner of war who performed heroism during a heavy artillery barrage from the Japanese in the Philippines.

Washington state's I-5 bridge collapse caused by oversize load

The bridge is used by an average of 71,000 vehicles a day, so the roadblock will cause a major disruption in trade and tourism between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

UPDATE: MU police arrest man who kicked University Hospital employee

MU police arrested Dominque Powell at 10:28 a.m. Friday morning.

Most state park beaches open this weekend

Sixteen beaches will open, including one at Finger Lakes, about a half-hour north of Columbia off Highway 63 N.

Joplin receives grant to build healing garden

The money comes from the Annapolis, Md.-based TKF Foundation's Open Spaces Sacred Places initiative.

FROM READERS: National Merit scholarship winners impart high school wisdom

Two Rock Bridge High School seniors were recently awarded National Merit scholarships. We asked these seniors what they've learned during their years in high school and what advice they would give to incoming students.

Brewers team up on beer to help military families

All proceeds from the beer, which is being released for Memorial Day, will be donated to Operation Homefront, a national group that provides emergency financial assistance to military families.

ANALYSIS: Kansas death penalty has cobwebs

Capital punishment opponents say the state's lengthy death penalty procedure is costing taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees and other expenses without significantly improving public safety.

E-BOOK: Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Airshow 2013

An E-book guide to the annual airshow event.

Future MU athletes, twins, graduate from Hickman High School

Among this year's graduates of Hickman High School, twins Bianca and Nicole Mello will run competitively for MU next year. Hickman graduated 547 seniors at its commencement at 6 p.m. Thursday in Mizzou Arena.

MU's Jesse, Swallow and Pickard halls to close for renovations

On Thursday, MU announced a $22.85 million project to renovate Jesse Hall, Swallow Hall and Pickard Hall, sending hundreds of staff and faculty to different buildings on and off the main campus.

Washington beats Missouri in first game of NCAA Softball Super Regionals

Defensive errors by Missouri and late rallies by Washington allowed the Huskies to win the first game of the series 2-1.

Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

Local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to ease a divisive ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted into the nation's leading youth organization. Gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.


Memorial Day Weekend events include parade, air show, mass parachute jump

The Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Veterans Corporation is sponsoring its 25th annual Two-Day Salute to Veterans Airshow at the Columbia Regional Airport. The show will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking will be free.