City, users optimistic about natural gas filling station

A new natural gas station opened at 1900 Lake Ridgeway Drive in Columbia on Aug. 25. Clean Energy Fuel employees demonstrated how the new equipment worked last week while city employees practiced with the new pumps.

The Clean Energy pumps opened last Monday and are open to the public.

Neighbors say Ameren Missouri property would be ideal for a park

Residents of the North Village Arts District are hoping the city will buy the land, which is the site of a former coal gasification plant.

Fall festivals used to competing with Missouri football games

Two popular fall festivals, the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival and the Heritage Festival, are sticking to their scheduled dates despite Missouri home football games being held at the same time.

UPDATE: Columbians celebrate Labor Day

Workers talk about what Labor Day means to them, as they miss out on one of America's most common day off.

Homemade ice cream contest is sweet affair for Arrow Rock

Each year, the Ice Cream Freeze-Off attracts about 150 visitors to Arrow Rock, population 56. "The idea to make homemade ice creams and cakes — and have people come and be friendly and love our town — I don't think has changed," Mary Burge said.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Maty Mauk steps up, former Vanderbilt star joins team as graduate assistant

Also among this week's most read stories are the Mid-Missouri PrideFest, the new renovations at Memorial Stadium and the latest on where former Tigers stand in the NFL.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Michael Brown march at MU, bow ties, Missouri's first football game

This week Missourian photographers captured images of protestors in the Michael Brown march, a drummer who plays out of his van and student fans prepping for the Tigers' first football game.

Showers and thunderstorms expected in Columbia for Labor Day

According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, rain, strong winds and hail are possible in Columbia tomorrow.

City Council considers increasing parking fees to address budget shortfall

City Manager Mike Matthes said the city needs more parking revenue to close this year's $30,000 deficit.

Slain 6-year-old loved to play, give hugs

Dayne William Hathman, shot and killed Thursday in Callaway County, will be remembered by family and friends for his positive attitude.

Artists for Justice to host event in response to Ferguson shooting

Artists for Justice, a Columbia coalition of students and artistic professionals, will be putting on a Labor Day event to creatively protest the recent civil unrest in Ferguson.

Opus could learn fate of new student housing Thursday

There will be a teleconference hearing at 3 p.m. Thursday on Opus' motion to dissolve the temporary restraining order that has blocked the developer from receiving building permits.

Columbia student achievement gap widens, data shows

Missouri assessment data released on Friday highlights a widening achievement gap. Columbia's MAP test, a yearly test taken statewide, saw some positive advances but showed its subgroup is falling behind.


Columbia man in serious condition after falling asleep at the wheel

Michael Akers, 60, overturned his vehicle after falling asleep while driving on Interstate 70 on Thursday.

Mobile percussionist brings new sound to downtown Columbia

Jay Parks plays drums, an ashtray and other assorted objects downtown out of his van.

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology galleries delayed due to renovations

Alex Barker, director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, said that the full galleries will open in early 2015 at the latest. The museums were moved in the spring because its homes, Pickard and Swallow halls, are being renovated.

UPDATE: Suspect in 6-year-old's shooting death caught after manhunt

During questioning, the suspect admitted that he shot the boy multiple times with a Hi-Point .40 caliber handgun.

PHOTOS: MU celebrates National Bow Tie Day

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin celebrated the National Bow Tie Day at the MU Student Center.

Five arrested in connection with meth lab at Katy Trail campground

Officials say the amount of meth could be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Four of the suspects are from Columbia.

Interest strong in city workshops on historic preservation

Twenty seats are left in the free workshop session next Thursday.