Parkade fourth-grader prepares for regional spelling bee

Dylan Valleroy will represent Parkade Elementary School at the Columbia Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday. Out of 57 competitors, the winner will earn a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Spelling Bee in May.

UPDATE: $22.8 billion state budget passes House committee after 14-hour session

The House Budget Committee restored funding to college scholarships but cut funding in areas such as mental health and seniors services. Gov. Jay Nixon's office was also repeatedly targeted for cuts.

Nixon pushes Quality Jobs Act for small businesses

The Missouri House of Representatives has already approved a version of Nixon's proposal, which would provide funding for small businesses.

Family of Moberly Taser victim advocates for stricter police policies

The family of Taser victim Stanley Harlan, along with former St. Louis police officer Redditt Hudson, spoke about the need for strict regulation of police departments' Taser policies at a meeting Wednesday night hosted by the Coalition to Control Tasers.

Williamson named permanent vice chancellor for MU Health Care

Harold Williamson Jr. has been a part of MU's family medicine practice faculty since 1982, and has served as interim vice chancellor for MU Health Care since September 2008.

Police say man uses interactive Wii game to contact children

Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force released a warning after receiving complaints about an adult male contacting children by using the interactive Wii game “Animal Crossing: City Folk."

Agriculture feels economic crunch

An economic report from the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute projects farm incomes to drop by 20 percent this year. Consumers should see steady food costs, though, as those prices are expected to see less inflation in 2009.

Stephens College to interview 10 candidates to replace retiring president

Stephens College has invited 10 semi-finalists to interview to be its next president. Current president Wendy Libby will retire in July.

MU's Henderson gets at-large bid to national wrestling tournament

Missouri redshirt freshman Dorian Henderson is set to join seven of his teammates at  the NCAA wrestling championships next week in St. Louis.

Missouri debates new ways to fund schools with gambling money

A gambling initiative passed in November was supposed to annually support the state's K-12 schools, but as of now more than 100 schools would receive no additional funding next year. Sen. Rob Nayer would like to see the funds distributed through the state's normal formula and also based on each district's number of gifted students.

Sprint shareholder sues over Nextel buy

A shareholder says Sprint's purchase of Nextel led to technical and customer service problems that ultimately devalued the company's stock. A lawsuit claims the corporation hid information from investors.

Springfield man arrested in robbery-kidnapping

The robbers took the couple's cash and 10-week-old pit bull puppy.

Report card gives Missouri a C for mental health care

The National Alliance for Mental Illness gave Missouri a "C'' for its costly and inefficient services.

Missouri improves high school graduation rate

Missouri's rate, at 78 percent in 2002, increased to 81 percent of high school students in 2006. This is ahead of the national average, which remained at 75 percent. Tennessee saw the nation's largest percentage point gain in graduation rate.

Carnahan plans St. Louis announcement about securities investigation

Robin Carnahan, Missouri's secretary of state, has planned a news conference for 2 p.m. Thursday. She will discuss her investigation regarding investors' money as it relates to auction-rate securities sales.

House committee passes fiscal year 2010 budget bills

The state House Budget Committee passed the state budget for fiscal year 2010 late Wednesday night. The bills are hoped to be ready for review by the full House by March 26. The budget as proposed does not include any cuts to higher education funds.

Missouri House approves spending limits measure

Spending increases couldn't exceed the rise of inflation under a measure that now moves to the state Senate.

Second Ward candidate pushes second police station, public transit

At his campaign kick-off event Wednesday night, Second Ward City Council candidate Allan Sharrock put forth plans for a second police station and a public transportation committee in front of an assembled group of supporters, co-workers and friends.