Bush commutes Libby's prison sentence

WASHINGTON — President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case today, stepping into a criminal case with heavy political overtones on grounds that the sentence was just too harsh.

Blunt reshapes Mo. Medicaid program, opponents nothing has changed

Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Monday reshaping Missouri’s Medicaid program.

Mo. homes destroyed by flooding as rivers burst banks

SPRINGFIELD — At least six homes were destroyed and three more evacuated due to flooding in western Missouri south of Kansas City, as rivers that drain from water-logged Kansas burst their banks, authorities said Monday.

Fruit crop lagging after spring freeze in Bootheel region

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Southeast Missouri farmers say this spring’s unusual cold snap has devastated the fruit crops that they would normally be taking to market this time of year.

Columbia photographer remembered for embracing the future

As the family looked for pictures of Roger Berg for his visitation, they found it difficult. He was always the one taking the pictures.

Reaching new heights

What appears to be a menacing medieval structure near Epple Field on the southwest edge of the MU campus is really a tool for personal growth and team building.

World is watching Blair, Brown

Tony Blair left office last week after serving 10 years as Britain’s prime minister. As he left office, he said, “I wish everyone, friend or foe, well, and that is that, the end.” Is it really the end? And what did Gordon Brown mean when he mentioned a new government with a new set of priorities?

BOONE LIFE: Celtic summer

Four students, each double the age of their 28-year-old instructor, Brian Hart, take their seats in a room inside the Unity Center and begin playing a song on tin whistles.

Reel art

Marilyn Monroe was inches away from King Kong, and Roger Rabbit was getting chummy with Darth Vader in the art room of Lee Elementary School on Sunday.

Redistricting after census might alter state’s power

It’s too early to know how congressional redistricting in 2011 will play out in Missouri, but political scientists and analysts said it could change the state’s clout in Congress and its power in choosing the president.

Checking up on power outages

JEFFERSON CITY — Every time your lights flicker, every time an electricity blip forces you to reset your alarm clock, some of Missouri’s utility regulators want to know.

Seminars aim to help meth-house children

KANSAS CITY — Missouri authorities say children who are exposed to methamphetamine face health risks and suffer neglect and abuse.

Columbia Billiards closes, blaming ban

The last hours that the building at 114 S. Ninth St. would be called Columbia Billiards were bittersweet. Feelings of nostalgia, rebelliousness, good times and companionship filled the air.

Kansas, Missouri residents flee floods

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Flooding worsened Sunday across parts of Kansas and Missouri, forcing more people from their homes, and meteorologists said it could be days before rivers return to normal.

Governor seeks input for safer campuses

After public hearings in Missouri’s two biggest cities, Gov. Matt Blunt’s Campus Safety Task Force is looking for input from the rest of the state.