Columbia community gathers at vigil for Ferguson; Ratliff spoke with Michael Brown's family

More than 100 people gathered Thursday at Speakers Circle to observe a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the Ferguson teenager who was shot by police on Saturday. More than 90 cities across the country took part in the vigils.

The Columbia community gathered Thursday evening to observe a moment of silence for Michael Brown. Meanwhile, local and state president for the NAACP, Mary Ratliff, spoke with the Brown family and shared her thoughts at the vigil.

MU students speak on Ferguson community, ongoing unrest

MU students expressed their views about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the events that have transpired since Aug. 9.

Jefferson Middle School cools down just in time for school

The 103-year-old school is the last of the public schools in Columbia to be air conditioned.

Mediacom reaches agreement with SEC Network

For residents in the mid-Missouri area, the network will be included in the family cable package that already contains ESPN, ESPN2 and other networks. Customers can find the network on channel 51 in standard definition and 734 for high definition.

Ferguson sparks conversations about police militarization, leadership, media

Conversation about the events in Ferguson have gained national attention on social media, and users of all stripes are weighing in on the issues the events in the St. Louis suburb have brought to the forefront.

Oakland Middle School teachers prepare for new school year

Teachers rearranged their classrooms and set out equipment for Columbia Public Schools' classes to begin on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

Nixon's promise to ease the deep racial tensions was swiftly put to the test as demonstrators gathered again Thursday evening in the neighborhood where looters smashed and burned businesses on Sunday and police repeatedly fired tear gas and smoke bombs.

Social media tracks timeline of Ferguson protests, clashes with police

Police cracked down on Ferguson protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets and audio crowd control on Wednesday night. The Missouri State Highway Patrol will not take control of the embattled community.


MU program receives grant for establishing national network of researchers

MU's Broader Impacts Network was awarded a $500,000 grant by the National Science Foundation.

Missouri football players keep town of Ferguson in mind

Aarion Penton and fellow teammates continue practice on the gridiron in Columbia while keeping in touch with family and friends in Ferguson, a north St. Louis suburb that has been the site of multiple protests this week. 

GEORGE KENNEDY: City's ballot will leave taxpayers picking up the tab

An extra 30 cents won’t generate enough revenue to hire as many cops as needed to keep up with growth and permit more community policing. The compromise development fees will leave us taxpayers bearing 75 percent of the cost of new roads.

Armed man robs store on Business Loop 70 late Wednesday

A man armed with a handgun robbed the Loop Liquor & Food Mart store on Business Loop 70 late Wednesday.

UPDATE: For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

In his first in-person statement on the situation, Obama appealed Thursday for "peace and calm" in Ferguson and called for restraint by all involved.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Martha Stewart can use drones; scientists' drones grounded

The Federal Aviation Authority has slapped severe restrictions on law enforcement, businesses and many of the nation's top educational institutions that want to explore the possibilities of unmanned aircraft.

UPDATE: Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond

The repeated scenes of police officers wearing military-style camouflage and gas masks and training their rifles on unarmed civilians — some holding their hands up — led critics to condemn the unusual show of force, suggesting it looks more like an Army trying to quell a revolution than a police department trying to keep the peace in a small suburb.

Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

A labor lawyer who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner on Thursday in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years.

Jay's 2-run double lifts Cardinals over Padres 4-3

Jay delivered a two-run double on the first pitch and right fielder Shane Robinson threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth to help St. Louis hold off the San Diego Padres 4-3 Thursday night.

Chiefs break camp in St. Joe, move back to Kansas City

This was the final year of a five-year contract to take training camp roughly an hour's drive north of Arrowhead Stadium. Previously, the Chiefs held training camp in Wisconsin, and the trend in the NFL has been to move camp to the team facility on a permanent basis.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Start of schools signals change in traffic patterns

A new school year means students will be walking, biking and boarding buses — creating activity on and around roadways that motorists haven’t seen or encountered in months.

Surging Royals rally past A's for 7-3 win

Dyson drove in the tying run in a five-run seventh, while Nori Aoki and Billy Butler each drove in two runs and the surging Kansas City Royals rallied to defeat the Oakland Athletics 7-3.