Lauren Rundquist wins #BOOM Bounce Competition, an event that encourages entrepreneurship

Eighteen students and young professionals participated in the competition, which was organized by Regional Economic Development Inc.

Ashwath Kumar makes season debut for Hickman boys tennis

Hickman boys tennis player Ashwath Kumar, a junior, rejoined the Kewpies and recorded two singles victories against Joplin High Schooland Christian Brothers College High School on Friday. 

Barbara Toalson brought love of music into every area of life

A lifelong member of First Baptist Church, she sang in the choir her husband directed. She also taught music for Columbia Public Schools and fostered a creative, artistic household for her children.

FROM READERS: What to do when visiting Columbia for the first time

Melinda Schnyder, a former Columbia resident, gives her advice on where to eat, drink and what to do outside if you are a first-time visitor to Columbia.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women's pay gap is an important issue for families

In Missouri, women are paid only 78 cents for every dollar a man is paid. This wage gap costs the average American full-time woman worker between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of her career.

Missouri baseball gives up early leads, falls to third-ranked Vanderbilt

The Tigers lost the first game in a three-game series 11-5 after taking an early lead. 

Edwardsville boys tennis edges out Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge and Edwardsville boys tennis overcame the cold to provide an entertaining match that a tiebreaker decided.

Broadway Christian Church garage sale celebrates 25th anniversary

Every year since 1989, the church has hosted the spring garage sale to benefit the housing project initiative by the Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity. More than $250,000 has been raised during this period.

Barbara Barton Toalson, March 2, 1933 - April 10, 2013, of Columbia

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Memorial Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at First Baptist Church.

Blue Jays beat Royals but lose Jose Reyes

The Blue Jays' Jose Reyes drove in a pair of runs before getting carted off in the sixth inning with a sprained left ankle, and Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 Friday.

Cardinals nip Brewers 2-0, spoil Lohse's return

Rookie Shelby Miller allowed one hit in seven innings, a single by Norichika Aoki to open the game, and the St. Louis Cardinals had just enough to spoil Kyle Lohse's first start as a visitor since 2007 in a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Missouri tennis loses on road to Ole Miss

The Tigers (9-11, 2-10 SEC) close the regular season Sunday at Mississippi State.

MU chair to lead national doctor's organization

The university said in a release that David Fleming will be named president-elect of the American College of Physicians.

Missouri sheriffs willing to issue concealed gun cards

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association said Friday that it's willing to work with legislators on efforts to shift the responsibility of producing the cards from the state Department of Revenue to the local sheriffs who already handle applications.

Drought eases in farm belt but is not over yet

Above-average snow cover and a chilly, wet spring have helped restore moisture to many states burdened by last year's drought.

Claire McCaskill urges businesses to maximize online opportunities

The Senator was in St. Louis Friday, teaming with Google for a small business workshop at Third Degree Glass Factory.

Gay-Straight Alliance working for equality at Southeast Missouri State University

The group would like a nondiscrimination amendment on sexual orientation added to Southeast Missouri State University's student constitution.

Family farm reaches fourth generation in SW Missouri

Today, Brad Groves and his brother, Todd, are the fourth generation on this Christian County farm. Their wives and kids, along with their grandma and parents, call the dairy farm home.

2 bald eagles shot to death in NW Missouri

The department says a reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in the case. It's a state and federal offense to shoot a bald eagle.

Missouri Senate passes protections for nursing mothers

The measure approved Thursday would require nursing mothers to submit a written note from a doctor to be excused from jury duty.