Proposed legislation to restrict payday loans

The bill would increase the state’s restrictions on short-term or “payday loans.” Payday loans enable anyone with proof of personal identification, a checking account and proof of income to use a post-dated check to get quick cash against his or her next paycheck. The loans normally have a term of two weeks.

Fire at The Links apartments contained in attic

The Wednesday afternoon two-alarm fire caused $30,000 worth of damage.

Cooler spring results in more fruit, headaches for winemakers

Missouri's unseasonably cool spring and summer has caused an increase in the amount of grapes that Missouri vineyards have produced. But the larger harvest size has also brought added responsibilites.

Five arrested in residential burglary

A group of men was caught breaking into a home in north Columbia.

Divorced couples stay together because of poor economy

With the recession and the collapse of the housing market, more and more couples who have broken up are continuing to live under the same roof, according to judges and divorce lawyers.

Chordbusters to perform Christmas concert this weekend

The Chordbusters will perform holiday favorites such as "Jingle Bells" and White Christmas" this weekend at the Missouri Theatre.

Study: Dental care in ICU reduces pneumonia risk

A study at Barnes-Jewish Hospital led by two nurses found a lower rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in ICU patients who were given mouthwash and their teeth were brushed twice daily.

3 teenagers suspected of breaking into cars arrested

After an off-duty police officer saw four teenagers breaking into cars, the suspects fled, leading police on a chase that ended in a crash.

Gun buy back program may receive funding

A program in which St. Louis police buy guns to get them off the street will likely come up for a vote at Wednesday's St. Louis police commissioners meeting.

Hospital adds to reward in Harrisonville killing

Jeff Roberts, the husband of a woman shot to death in her bathtub, has asked anyone with information on the death to contact police, and Cass Regional Medical Center has donated $10,000 in reward money.

Stray bullet hits Kansas City bus

The bullet, which a transportation authority official said was not fired intentionally, missed passengers but caused minor injuries.

Man leads authorities on chase through Missouri, Illinois

Scott Roan of Quincy, Ill., was arrested Tuesday near Taylor, by the Mississippi River, after a two-state car chase.

Parents charged with endangerment for smoking pot, viewing pornography with son

Catherine Carson and Lee Murdock of Rogersville face several charges, including endangering the welfare of a child.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra adds two new executives

The nation's second-oldest orchestra is getting two new vice presidents — for artistic administration and for development.

Stars can't overcome first half deficit

St. Mary defeated Stephens with 52-47, improving its record to 5-2 while Stephens' record sank to 4-2. In the four meetings between the two teams, the Stars' have never won.

Kirksville out-wrestles Hickman, Rock Bridge

Kirksville defeated both Rock Bridge and Hickman in a three-way dual at Hickman on Tuesday night.

Freshman guards provide spark off the bench

Coach Mike Anderson would be the first to point out that the freshmen have been doing plenty of things that don't show up in the stat book, justifying the significant minutes they've been getting off the bench. In Tuesday's 95-41 victory against Arkansas Pine-Bluff, the three young backcourt players got even more minutes than usual and showed they can also shoot, making 11 of 21 shots, including five three-pointers.

First day of testimony in Rios murder retrial wraps up

The first day of testimony in the Steven Rios murder retrial included testimony from Columbia police officers and both DNA and forensic experts.

Missouri dominates Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Missouri never let up in a 95-41 blowout win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.

No thanks to Fairness Doctrine part deux

I am heartened by the demonstration of some adult leadership on both sides of the political fence, to include President-elect Barack Obama, who indicated opposition to its reinstatement as late as June 2008.