Ridgeway Elementary reroutes buses after budget cuts

This year's school board budget cuts left Ridgeway Elementary with less money to spend on buses. Because of this, the school had to develop new routes to continue picking up all its students.

Nixon holds fundraising lead in Mo. governor race

Democratic governor nominee Jay Nixon reports bringing in about 1 1/2 times more money than his opponent, Kenny Hulshof, from Aug. 31 through Sept. 30.

After 436 years, Austrian stables take in women

Two women, 21 and 17, were admitted into Austria's Spanish Riding School, known for its Lipizzaner stallions.

Missouri starts Web site to help reduce energy bills

The Public Service Commission and Natural Resources Department launched a Web site,, that's devoted to offering tips for improving energy efficiency.

Tigers golfers fifth at New Mexico tournament

The Missouri women's golf team was fifth out of 17 teams Wednesday at the Price's Give `em Five Intercollegiate tournament in Las Cruces, N.M.

Budget cuts force Peace Corps to be more selective

Earlier this month, assignments for approximately 400 volunteers were put on hold for up to nine months because of budget cuts. However, not every applicant has been affected by this process. One such applicant is Mark Siebenaler, who graduated from MU last May.

Obama to visit Missouri this weekend

Missouri campaign spokesman Justin Hamilton confirmed Wednesday that the presidential candidate will make two stops in the swing state.

Motorist robbed on Ash Street after giving men a ride

After picking up two men and giving them a ride on Tuesday night, a 22-year-old Columbia man was robbed by one of the passengers. Both passengers fled the vehicle, and no suspects have been arrested.

Columbia's 'Bloom' takes second in national contest

The America in Bloom program encourages environmentally friendly beautification through plantings of flowers, trees and plants and maintenance of the existing natural landscape.

Two Missourians report unwanted credit card charges from Obama campaign

After taking a close look at their credit card statements, two John McCain supporters each found a $2,300 charge from the Obama for America campaign on their bill. According to a spokesperson for Obama, both were cases of Internet fraud.

Calif. man charged in murder-for-hire plot in St. Louis County

After allegedly striking a deal with an undercover police officer, Daniel Clayton was arrested and charged in connection with the plan.

HIV concerns raised at St. Louis-area school

A person at Normandy High School tested positive for HIV.

Indiana couple killed in fatal crash in central Mo.

The crash Tuesday evening occurred on U.S. 54 in Miller County. Two people were dead and four people were injured.

Joplin board OKs policy barring teachers' visible tattoos

Teachers were previously required to wear clothing that "minimizes'' tattoos, but the school board did not prohibit part or all of the tattoo from showing.

Jill Biden to campaign in Missouri

The Obama campaign says Jill Biden will appear at events on Friday in the Columbia area, St. Charles, St. Louis and Jefferson County.

Man sentenced to life in kidnapping, deaths of 2

The slayings of a woman and her 5-year-old boy happened in 1998 in a St. Louis park.

2-year-old dies in farm accident

After being run over by a tractor that was unloading cotton, the little girl, who was hiding in a tarp, was flown to a hospital where she died.

St. Louis hospital can filter cholesterol from patient's blood

The treatment mainly serves those genetically predisposed to high cholesterol who don't respond well to medications.

Trial for Mo. cocaine injection slaying delayed

Woman, officer injured in St. Louis-area house fire

Fire broke out Tuesday in St. Louis County, severely burning a woman and causing a police officer to be treated for smoke inhalation.