Hallmark Cards Inc. pulls plug on Hallmark Magazine

Hallmark Magazineis getting the axe after fewer than three years on stands at a time when the overall industry is struggling.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds execution procedures

A circuit judge had ruled against 17 condemned inmates who claimed the state's execution method was invalid because it was not adopted as an official rule by the Department of Corrections.

Trustee: Southwest Missouri village will survive

A Leawood official said the village isn't in danger of going bankrupt, despite having its bank accounts wiped out. Gene Paul Boyd, the town's longtime treasurer, faces felony stealing charges.

Parents face additional charges in incest case

A western Missouri man suspected of fathering four children with his teenage daughter and charged with second-degree murder in the death of one of the infants was indicted Monday for endangering the welfare of a child.

Kansas City-area barbecue festival expands

The competitive barbecue event during Memorial Day weekend will be held at the Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Bonner Springs.

Tiger seized in Seneca kennel raid faring better

A Bengal tiger seized from a southwest Missouri kennel along with 208 dogs and a house cat has been cleaned up and is putting on weight as her condition improves.

McCaskill introduces military drug abuse bill

The proposed legislation includes an independent review of military drug abuse and treatment by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Science or a similar outside agency. Army records show that legal painkiller use by injured troops has increased nearly 70 percent since the start of the Iraq war six years ago.

UPDATE: Missouri House approves 4-day school week option

The four-day week option could allow districts to lengthen school days by an hour and cut 32 days of instruction per year, saving schools money on transportation and utilities.

Lawsuit challenges Missouri River water plan

The attorney general is suing to prevent the Missouri River from being diverted north as part of a $17.5 million water treatment plan the U.S. Department of the Interior signed last month.