Missouri’s share of Kansas City will have streetcars included in the new transit plan

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has unveiled a $1.2 billion rail-transit plan for the metro region.

St. Charles woman to be arraigned in LA in MySpace suicide case

A St. Charles County woman indicted for her alleged role in a MySpace hoax against a 13-year-old neighbor who committed suicide will be arraigned June 16 in Los Angeles.

Washington Co. sheriff's employee accused of abusing police dog

A Washington County Sheriff’s Department worker faces two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse after the department’s police dog was found to be sick and malnourished.

Letter: League of Women Voters urges climate legislation improvement

Scientific research illustrates the need for pollution reduction to slow the negative environmental changes resulting from global warming.

Military officers must uphold higher standards

U.S. soldiers have a duty to protect and uphold the Constitution as well as higher international laws, and should speak out when these laws are being breached.

Letter: Reducing speed could help drivers save on gasoline

Drivers should be looking for ways to save on fuel costs.

Documentary explains why former “death house chaplain” no longer supports the death penalty

The documentary “At the Death House Door,” showing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Thomas More Newman Center, focuses on the Rev. Carroll Pickett and the 15 years he spent as the “death house chaplain” in Huntsville, Texas.

Barking dogs breed tension among neighbors

Columbia Animal Control has processed more than 400 complaints about barking dogs over the past three years, and the number of complaints so far this year is on track to meet or exceed last year’s total of 151.

Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial to stay lit

Despite recent budget cuts by Kansas City, donations are helping to keep the Liberty Memorial alight until July 4, but more donations will be needed to keep it going afterwards.

Mother credits faith in God for son’s recovery

A Columbia mother credits her faith in God for her son’s recovery after he was shot in the head by a sniper in Afghanistan.

Long-term energy plan update meeting

The public has an opportunity to voice in on the future sources of Columbia’s growing energy needs.

St. Louis residents worry about possible Anheuser-Busch buyout

Reports that Angeuser-Busch might be purchased by Belgium-based brewer InBev have St. Louis residents worried they might lose a company as closely identified with their city as the Gateway Arch.

ACLU files lawsuit against town over Harry Potter dispute

A library worker in Poplar Bluff says she was disciplined for refusing to work at a “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” promotional event.

Rising lake prompts state assessment of earthen dam in Warren County

Emergency management officials urged residents living below the dam to seek higher ground.

MOHELA to discontinue rate reduction on automatic withdrawals

The change in interest rate discounts, which takes effect June 1, will only apply to new loans, not existing ones.

2 injured when car hits light post and rolls

The incident that happened on Hinkson Avenue in Columbia is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed, police said.

Court: Retaliation claims OK for employees with age, race discrimination complaints

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sided today with employees who faced retaliation after complaining about race and age discrimination in rulings that drew support from conservative and liberal justices.

Pedestrian struck twice by cars Monday night

Police said the first driver left the scene where Troy Boerner, 25, of Foxfield, Colo., was injured.

Energy independence requires cooperation

America has the technology to let loose of our dependence on oil; now all that’s needed is the will to move forward.

Missouri baseball team draws tough regional

As expected, the MU baseball team was invited to the NCAA tournament on Monday, but to advance the Tigers will have to beat the No. 1 national seed, host Miami.