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Lawsuit aims to stop development near Rock Bridge state park

A lawsuit filed by the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center of St. Louis against the city of Columbia and Parkside Estates development says that mud has been running off the development project and into the stream at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. This photo was provided to Ken Midkiff by Jerry Taylor in mid-May. Taylor told Midkiff that he took the photo along the park's Springbrook Trail. Midkiff is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Water quality of streams in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a concern to several Columbia residents who have filed a lawsuit against the city and developers in the hope of halting the development. 

MU residence halls added to regular inspection cycle

The month after a walkway collapsed at University Village and killed a Columbia firefighter, MU decided to add residence halls and other auxiliary buildings to a regular cycle of assessments by an outside firm. 

Minor flooding continues in Missouri

Flooding was mostly minor, but thousands of acres of farmland were under water.

Falcons' Weatherspoon, former Missouri linebacker, to miss 2014 season

The loss of Weatherspoon, the team's first-round pick from Missouri in 2010, is a blow to the Falcons, whose disappointing 4-12 finish in 2013 was marked by a string of injuries. Weatherspoon has eight sacks and two interceptions in his first four seasons.

Residents warned of gas line break at University Village

University Village residents were told to stay away from the area where Ameren Missouri officials were working to fix a gas line break Tuesday. MU and Ameren gave conflicting accounts of what caused the break.

Man's trial to begin over 2013 drug-related homicide

Domionte Cheatum's trial begins Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting of Anthony Unger during a drug deal in June 2013.

Ballenger selected as GOP candidate for recorder of deeds

Lisa Ballenger, who is now the deputy recorder, is one of three employees of the recorder's office who are candidates for the position.

Missouri softball looks to replace transfers, assistants for next season

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine spoke with reporters Tuesday afternoon about the impact of four recent transfers from his program and his plans for the team going forward.

UPDATE: Congress moving to ensure speedier care for U.S. veterans

Tuesday's 421-0 vote in the House was Congress' strongest response yet to the outcry over backlogs and falsified data at Veterans Affairs. The Senate is expected to vote on a similar bill within 48 hours, Democratic leader Harry Reid said.

FROM READERS: Kids' winning essays address overcoming adversity

Fourth-graders wrote about a person or a situation that best exemplifies Blind Boone's famous motto, "merit not sympathy wins."

Chiefs cornerback Smith cited after alleged wreck

According to a copy of the police report, Smith was attempting to make a turn in Kansas City's Power & Light entertainment district when he struck the light pole about 12:30 a.m. The officer reported that Smith "appeared confused and began mumbling statements that I did not understand."

The heat will be on, and the U.S. is happy

The Americans have the lengthiest first-round trek among the 32 teams at 8,800 air miles, chartering roundtrip flights from Sao Paulo to Natal (1,420 each way), Manaus (1,680) and Recife (1,300).

UPDATE: Missouri transportation tax draws opposition group

The new opposition group, Missourians for Better Transportation Solutions, said the proposed three-quarters cent sales tax would mark a "radical departure from the way roads have been traditionally financed" and could affect lower-income residents more than some of the heaviest users of state highways.

Man charged with domestic assault

An Iowa man was arrested by Columbia police on Sunday morning on a charge of domestic assault. He also had three outstanding arrest warrants. 

Global First Responder connects volunteers to medical care, relief programs

Emergency room physician Adam Beckett has created an online global network for people who want to volunteer on overseas medical relief trips. He and a group of volunteers are about to provide help to people in the world's second-largest refugee camp.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MoDOT makes case for supporting transportation sales tax

Over the last three years, MoDOT has made some tough cuts to personnel, facilities and equipment and has saved more than $500 million. But we know we cannot cut our way to a functional, safe and prosperous transportation system.

ROSE NOLEN: A small-town, big-city girl wrapped up in one person

The important thing is to find the good life where ever you are.

Heat drilled in Game 3 of NBA Finals

No Miami miracle this time, either. A blowout got interesting for a few minutes, but in the end, it wound up as a blowout — and the road to a third straight NBA championship for the Heat got considerably tougher.

Royals hold on to beat hot-hitting Indians 9-5

Jason Vargas cooled down hot-hitting Cleveland, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 9-5 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night.

Wainwright wins 9th, Cards beat Rays 1-0

The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. St. Louis, with 13 shutouts this season, was coming off 5-0 victories over Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.

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