AFL-CIO campaigns for higher minimum wage in Mo.

ST. LOUIS — The AFL-CIO and other community leaders launched a campaign Tuesday to persuade voters to raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $6.50 per hour.

Police seek couple accused of videotaped beating, killing

KANSAS CITY — Police were searching Tuesday for a suburban couple accused of beating, strangling and raping a woman, all while they let a videotape roll, then leaving her naked body in a shallow grave.

What's up with that?

Curious as to why University Avenue is blocked off near the University Ave-

Plenty to celebrate

As Brenda Kurz and her husband, Erich, shuffled among their guests, setting out platters of sandwiches and making sure everything was perfect for their oldest son’s entrance to a birthday and graduation party in his honor Monday night, they had to stop from time to time to answer a question they’ve grown used to hearing: “How’s he doing?”

Lay wants $1.1 million back from MU

Seven years after donating $1.1 million in Enron stock to his alma mater and with little to show for the gift, company founder Kenneth Lay asked MU to steer the unspent money to Hurricane Katrina relief.

Public weighs in on plan for Park Avenue

Park Avenue resident Robert Jackson Jr. doesn’t want to move again if he can help it. But if the Columbia Housing Authority decides to implement a $21 million Park Avenue redevelopment proposal, he might not have a choice.

MU scientist says ad misuses his research

MU scientist Curt Davis did not have national TV campaigns in mind when he began studying sea level rise in Antarctica 17 years ago. He was caught by surprise when he saw his research used to play down the threat of global warming.

Park Avenue plan criticized in GRO report

After living in Columbia public housing his entire life, Marlon Jordan finally moved out of his Trinity Place apartment in 1984. But he still has a high stake in what happens to the Park Avenue apartments because he doesn’t want his sister to be forced to move.

Motorcyle ride honors Vietnam veterans

The low roar of motorcycles could be heard off in the distance as people waited Monday for over 400 motorcyclists clad in leather and American flags to arrive at the Phillips 66 on St. Charles Road.

School is out for principals

As principal, Susan Fales likes to stroll through the halls of Ridgeway Elementary School to “take the pulse of the building.” She likes that students sometimes come up to her, excitedly asking to read to her.

Ethics panel cautions Jetton on other job

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Ethics Commission has raised “serious concerns” about House Speaker Rod Jetton’s work as a political consultant for another lawmaker.

Lange principal ready to slow down after seven years

As principal of Lange Middle School, Tom Schlimpert’s days are “totally busy and typically unpredictable,” he said. There is never a dull day — or night — as both are consumed by his work at the school, he said.

Horse mending at MU

After Barbaro’s surgery, the numbers seemed fantastic. Five hours, 23 screws and one plate later, the 3-year-old colt awoke on a raft in a pool and was later moved to a recovery facility. But to veterinarians at MU, this type of surgery is nothing new.

Barbaro’s recovery under way

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — Barbaro was on his feet Monday in his 12-by-12 stall, and that’s where he’ll be for the next few days, the next few weeks and probably the next few months.

Eckstein rests after 43 straight games

ST. LOUIS — David Eckstein got his first day off on Sunday, not because he needed one but because the St. Louis Cardinals know they need him for the long haul.

Speaking freely

With her typically cheerful voice and manner, Charlotte Brumfield provides a homelike atmosphere for her students. She calls everyone “friend.”

Stephens College undergoes alterations

As Stephens College works to rebuild its enrollment, one popular department has been upgraded to a school and its department chairwoman has been named the dean.

Ashland farmer experiments with solar power

Farmer Dan Kuebler will soon install machinery that few others in Missouri use. A grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program will allow Kuebler to use solar power to irrigate his farmland and sustain his crops.

BOONE LIFE: Finding inspiration in a forest

Straying from the sturdy trunk, branches curve outward to embrace the sun. They stretch with the same excitement as arms waving out of a convertible on the first warm day of spring.

Democrats in distress over ballot initiative

JEFFERSON CITY — Everyone loves a win-win scenario. It goes something like this: “My idea will save money and increase public safety” or “it will spur the economy while providing good-paying jobs.”