TIMELINE: The latest in the Opus downtown development cases

The Missourian has tracked the progression of the Opus Development Co. project.

Re-enactor brings Francis Scott Key to life for national anthem bicentennial

Ruben Bolton has created a full-length CD of music set to the poetry of historical figure Francis Scott Key. Bolton will perform Saturday at the Heritage Festival in Nifong Park.

Farmer prepares for pumpkin bounty

Whether carving or cooking, many indulge in pumpkins in the autumn months. Although pumpkins can be difficult to grow, most people take their availability in the fall for granted.

Rock Bridge High School placed on modified lockdown after social media threat

After a threat to use a firearm at Rock Bridge High School was posted on Yik Yak, the high school, Rock Bridge Elementary School, Gentry Middle School and the Columbia Area Career Center were placed on a modified lockdown. An increased law enforcement presence was expected at Friday's football game between Rock Bridge and Hickman High School.

Missouri School of Journalism to receive $10 million gift for faculty

The $10 million, along with matching funds from private donors, will create the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Faculty Excellence Fund.

Jon Hamm, others join campaign to fight campus sexual assault

The website features a public service announcement with Obama, Biden and other familiar faces telling viewers it's their responsibility to stop sexual assault.

Heritage festival showcases costumed characters, live performances

The 37th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m this Saturday and Sunday.

PARK(ing) Day aims to rethink use of public space in Columbia

Local organizations transformed parking spaces on Ninth Street into temporary parks in celebration of PARK(ing) Day, an annual event celebrated around the world.

Columbia Police Department hires first civilian public information officer

Bryana Maupin is the first civilian to be hired for the public relations unit. She will begin work at the end of the month.

FROM READERS: Photographer shares Columbia favorites

Nate Brown, manager of external relations at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, shares photos of his favorite places in the Columbia area. Take a look.

Seasonal beer sampling draws tasters to Lucky's Market

Lucky's Market, located at 111 S. Providence Road, is holding in-store beer tasting events to celebrate fall.

Oct. 29 execution date set for Missouri inmate

It would be the ninth execution in Missouri this year and the 11th since November.

United Kingdom to make changes after Scotland vote keeps union

As part of a late campaign to save the union, Prime Minister David Cameron and other major party leaders promised greater financial authority to the Scottish Parliament.

UPDATE: Scots reject independence in historic vote

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain's economic and political establishment.

Authorities ID body found floating in lake

The patrol says a homeowner found the body of 55-year-old David Martin of Kaiser Wednesday in the Niangua Arm of the lake.

Missouri court upholds teacher ballot initiative

The panel of judges from the Western District appeals court turned down claims that the measure improperly seeks to amend two parts of the constitution at once and addresses multiple subjects.

Vaccine exemptions in Springfield have increased

Exemptions are up by 200 from four years ago. Doctors and advocates urge parents to research vaccination facts.

Missouri authorities warn about 'grandma scam'

Con artists from overseas are exploiting the elderly by claiming emergencies, sweepstakes and more. Last year 23 cases were reported to the Federal Trade Commission from University City alone, with losses ranging to the tens of thousands.

Missouri attorney new ambassador to Ireland

President Barack Obama nominated Kevin O'Malley to the post in June. The Senate approved the appointment Thursday on a unanimous voice vote.

Chancellor speaks of past, future MU excellence at inauguration

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin's inauguration began Thursday afternoon with a procession across campus of nearly 300 MU faculty members. "Excellence is not perfection," he said at the Missouri Theatre. "It's giving it everything you've got. I see that here every single day."