Pickleball: A popular sport with an unlikely name

 Pickleball began in a congressman’s backyard in Washington in 1965. The family wanted to create a new game, and after a few trials and errors created one that combined tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

Bankers survey suggests rural problems persist

Problems of 11 Midwest and Plains states are reflected in the December report on a monthly survey of bank executives. The problems are being blamed on national economic problems, export declines and a weaker farm sector.

Former teacher's aide gets 24 years for child porn

A 52-year-old man from Steele received a sentence of 24 years in prison for producing child pornography Wednesday in federal court in Cape Girardeau.

Audit criticizes oversight of Missouri food inspections

A state audit of Missouri food safety inspections says the Department of Health and Senior Service should improve oversight of local health authorities. It has been a decade since the state department compared state inspections with local results.

Columbia man charged with rape from 2002

Pettis County prosecutors have charged Terrance E. Morse, 24, with the rape of a 7-year-old girl, which happened six years ago.