UPDATE: Eartha Kitt, sultry 'Santa Baby' singer, dies

She rose from poverty in South Carolina to be one of the nation's most versatile performers, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr.  She was once dubbed the "most exciting woman in the world" by Orson Welles.

2008 in Missouri politics: surprise, surprise, surprise

One unexpected event followed another -- right to the end of the year.

Missouri agribusiness unit returns from Afghanistan

The unit is a pilot program developed through a partnership of the National Guard Bureau, the University of Missouri and the Missouri Farm Bureau. The 47 soldiers arrived Wednesday in Springfield.

Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter dies at 78

Mr. Pinter, who died of cancer Wednesday at the age of 78, was considered the most influential British playwright of his generation.

Springfield lawmaker vows to fight voucher attempt

Democrat Sara Lampe says she won't let her minority party status get in the way of seeking more money for various education initiatives, or working against a vouchers push.

Mildred Litton, mother of late representative, dies at 98

Mrs. Litton was the mother of Jerry Litton, a popular Democratic congressman from northwest Missouri who died in a plane crash in 1976 after he won his party's senatorial primary.