Spencer-Salmon vows planned for Aug. 16

Stevie Nicole Spencer and Benjamin Robert Salmon plan to wed Aug. 16, 2014, in Branson.


Murder suspect escapes during fireworks display

Jason McClurg was with nine other inmates outside the Shannon County jail on Friday night when he broke free.

Netherlands beat Costa Rica in penalty shootout

Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.

Ronaldo: challenge on Neymar was intentional

Brazil great Ronaldo believes there was intention and violence in the challenge on Neymar that left the star forward with a fractured vertebra and ruled him out of the World Cup.

Senate majority could rest on the sage grouse

Hunting restrictions and economic consequences that could result from listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species has made the bird an unlikely focal point for November's senate election.

Three found dead of gunshot wounds in southwest Missouri home

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says the bodies were found Friday inside a rural residence south of Nevada, and that preliminary evidence indicates they died from gunshot wounds.

Annual farm show debuts drone technology

The early forefathers who began what would become the 3i Show, however, could never have imagined the technology showcased at the 60th annual show this year — which has drones taking to the skies.

Garcia says he may need more surgery

St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia told reporters he may need additional shoulder surgery because he's experiencing nerve issues and numbness in his hand.

After Cavendish falls, Kittel wins 1st Tour stage

Marcel Kittel of Germany won the first stage of the Tour de France for a second straight year after a late crash brought down British rival Mark Cavendish in the presence of royals on Saturday.

Petra Kvitova wins 2nd Wimbledon title

In one of the most dominant performances in a women's final at Wimbledon, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered Eugenie Bouchard  6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes Saturday.

How strong is that drink, really? Online calculator helps figure

Although the tool at the National Institutes of Health's website helps to ensure responsible alcohol consumption, experts with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism stress that a number of variables must be considered, depending on the individual.

Fire in the Sky lights up Columbia on Fourth of July

The 62nd annual fireworks display drew thousands to downtown Columbia's parks and rooftops Friday night. J&M Displays, an Iowa-based fireworks supplier, provided the entertainment.

Family starts new tradition at Ashland's annual July Fourth Parade

Families and friends gathered downtown for the annual parade. One family's refurbished tractors made a debut. 

Opus Development Co. moving forward with housing project construction

The City Council will have the option to authorize Opus to temporarily close sidewalks and parking lanes so it can begin construction. The city has already issued Opus a demolition permit and land disturbance permit.

DEAR READER: What Angela Anderson taught us about journalism, trauma

In following up on the story of Angela Anderson's family coping with the loss of two children, our newsroom learned a valuable lesson.

Brunswick pair spends Fourth of July in summer ritual with produce stand

It's sweet corn season for Alvis "Frisky" Clark and Wilma Clark. They returned to Columbia on Friday to set up their annual summer produce stand.

Gunshots strike house, parked car in central Columbia

Columbia Police responded to multiple reports of  shots fired at the intersection of Worley Street and McBaine Avenue at 12:34 a.m. Friday.

Landscaped escapes: Nine Columbia residents show off their lawns

How do our residents use their backyards? In honor of the Fourth of July and backyard warriors everywhere, staff photographer Matt McCormack asked nine residents to show off how they use their outdoor space in the summertime. These are their stories.


Services for Humane Society director to be held Tuesday

The memorial service will be held noon on Tuesday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St.

Man injured in central Columbia shooting

A 39-year-old man was taken to an area hospital Thursday evening after a shooting at the intersection of Garth Avenue and Oak Street. His injuries were not life-threatening, and no one has been arrested in connection with the incident.