Columbia woman, family return to home country for World Cup

James and Christiane Quinn and their two teenage children are traveling to Brazil to watch a World Cup game and to visit with Christiane's family.

Christiane Quinn of Columbia is traveling to Brazil, her home country, with her husband and two teenage children to watch Brazil play Mexico on June 17 in the World Cup. It's not the first World Cup she's been to, but she's excited to watch the team compete back at home.

Domionte Cheatum found guilty of murder in 2013 slaying

Anthony Unger of Jefferson City was shot six times during a drug deal June 23, 2013, at 21 Conley Road. During trial, two eyewitnesses placed Cheatum at the scene of the crime.


UPDATE: SUV driver killed in collision with Columbia school bus

Four children and the bus driver had minor injuries. The 19 remaining students were transferred to a different bus and taken back to Two Mile Prairie Elementary School.


GEORGE KENNEDY: Take a look at Plan B, which could help solve the city's problems

Petitions threaten to overturn City Council development actions, but downtown zoning and overflowing sewers are issues the public and the council should agree on.

Burning wood for energy ignites debate over carbon emissions

Some say biomass is environmentally friendly because trees can regrow and recapture the carbon released when other trees are burned. Others say it reduces the size of forests and increases the time it takes the remaining trees to recapture carbon.

Former Missouri football players Sam, Gaines among 11 signing Rams rookies

Gaines, a cornerback, was a sixth-round selection and the 188th overall pick in this year's draft. Sam, a defensive lineman, was one of the team's two seventh-round selections and the 249th overall.

UPDATE: Federal judge grants Missouri stay of execution for John Winfield

Ruling by U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry in St. Louis cites probable intimidation of a prison employee who had agreed to write clemency letter on John Winfield.

Police and World Cup protesters clash in Brazil

Just after the match started, about 300 protesters demonstrating against the World Cup marched along Rio's Copacabana beach and stopped outside the FIFA Fan Fest — a closed and secured area on the beach where hundreds of fans are watching the match on a massive screen.

Brazil kicks off World Cup with 3-1 win over Croatia

The mood lifted when Neymar lived up to his hype as the team's biggest star and tied the game for Brazil in the 29th minute, unleashing an ear-splitting roar from the crowd and across the nation.

Former convict arrested with loaded gun at Columbia traffic stop

Alfred R. Sheets, 38, was charged with unlawful possession of a gun on Thursday. He had been previously convicted in 1994 on charges of armed robbery and assault with the intent to kill.

FROM READERS: It's been 10 years since my dad died

Cheri Cherry writes about how grief over the loss of her dad 10 years ago still plays a role in her life.

Pedestrian hospitalized after being hit by Columbia Transit bus

The accident occurred near Tenth and Ash streets on Wednesday morning. The Columbia Police Department is investigating.

Spurs take commanding 3-1 lead with victory over Heat

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs routed the Heat again, winning 107-86 on Thursday night to open a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Woman reports being raped downtown on June 6

The victim told police she was walking home from Bengal's Bar & Grill around 12:30 a.m. when an unidentified person forced her into an alley.

Martin Kaymer seizes U.S. Open lead with 65

His confidence spurred by a win at The Players Championship, Kaymer birdied three of the last five holes Thursday for a 5-under 65, the lowest score from any of the three Opens played at Pinehurst No. 2.

20 years after O.J. Simpson views remain black and white

Although polls say most people believe Simpson should have been found guilty, opinions about the trial's significance are still divided along racial lines.

Study: Teens are drinking less, texting more

Most forms of drug use, weapons use and risky sex have been decreasing since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started its survey every two years in 1991.

Missouri budget can't count on tobacco proceeds

The potential budget shortfall means that the state could have to dip further into general revenues to help cover the pharmaceutical costs of Medicaid patients, leaving less money available for other state programs.

Computer woes blamed for idle health care workers in Missouri

Members of Missouri's congressional delegation say the computer problems raise questions about whether the government contract overestimated the amount of work required to process paper applications when the health overhaul law kicked in.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's vetoes of costly tax breaks protects Missourians

It would be unwise to slash into revenues so deeply that it threatened funding for public schools, universities and services for six million residents.