Winter takes a breather

The sun’s rays broke through the clouds and shone down on the sea of small children playing in Cosmopolitan Park. It seemed like the first day of spring, not two days after Christmas.

Drivers to get new ID numbers

If you have your Social Security number on your driver’s license, get ready to memorize a new number.

The winding road of abortion law

Trying to navigate Missouri’s abortion laws is like driving a road with many twists, turns and lengthy detours through the state’s judicial system.

Back to Nature

You’ve unwrapped the presents and eaten the cookies. You’ve returned the ornaments to their boxes, rewound the lights and put it all back on the shelves.

Curators’ records dispute deemed ‘internal’

Complaints by three University of Missouri curators that their colleagues may have violated the state’s open records law involve “an internal dispute” that doesn’t require a broader investigation, the state attorney general’s office said Tuesday.

Sudbury way of learning to be topic

A former Hickman High School teacher wants educators and parents, whether in public or private settings, to consider alternative ways to educate students.

Court rules in favor of ’04 gas rate hike

KANSAS CITY — An appeals court on Tuesday upheld regulators’ 2004 decision allowing Missouri Gas Energy to raise its rates by $22.5 million, about half of what the company wanted.

Bowl hoopla surrounds Tigers

If members of the Missouri football team were worried about missing out on the festivities that Dec. 25 offers, they can rest easy.

Bruins advance to semis

LIBERTY — The second chair on the bench remained empty, the William Jewell College Cardinal logo glaring at the ceiling. Rock Bridge boys’ basketball coach Mark Scanlon finally sat down with four minutes to go in the game.

Brown hopes Tigers rebound

With almost a week to recover from the 32-point loss to Illinois last Wednesday, forward Marshall Brown found some resolution to his recent struggles during semester break back home in Texas.

Yearning to earn

When James Dawson was released from prison in 1999 after being locked up for 9½ years, he was determined to chart a new course. He tried several times to find steady employment to ensure crime was in his past, but nothing seemed to work.

Federal loans go for risky business

For the past five years, bar and restaurant owners in Columbia have binged on government-backed loans served up by commercial banks and insured by the federal Small Business Administration. Hailed by lenders as a signal of Columbia’s shift to a service economy, the feeding frenzy is banking an unusual amount of taxpayer dollars on one of America’s riskiest businesses.

Lack of city street signs impedes responders

It’s a growing problem: Streets are built, and construction workers arrive to begin work on a new subdivision. A worker falls off a roof, and someone calls 911. But emergency responders can’t find the address because streets signs don’t sprout up before the houses are finished.

Returning the favor

For Andrew Brown, this Christmas Eve was a first.

Food Bank programs offer ways to give

If you are looking for a way to give this holiday season, two programs associated with the Central Missouri Food Bank could be the answer.

Teams get back to work

Vitt says it’s his fault Rams’ play deteriorated

ST. LOUIS — Interim coach or not, the buck stops at Joe Vitt’s door.

Blues take another hit

ST. LOUIS — Dallas goalie Johan Hedberg had a big game on offense and defense.

Last-minute dash to beat Christmas clock

And don’t forget ...

Missouri readers so-so in assessment survey of adult literacy skills

An estimated one in 20 U.S. adults is not literate in English, meaning he or she lacks the basic skills to perform everyday tasks, a recent federal survey showed.