The legislature is like the Kentucky Derby: high stakes, inevitable disappointment

The Missouri General Assembly is facing a budget deadline, but it seems like more of a horse race than a functioning legislature.

Today's Question: Is Missouri spending its $300 million effectively?

The Missouri House passed projects for receiving some of the $300 million in federal stimulus across the state. Among the projects approved was money for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and MU hospitals. Do you think the General Assembly is allocating the stimulus money effectively? Are you happy with what Columbia looks to receive from the package?

Missouri legislators have little to show so far

As the state legislative session winds down, only a very small percentage of more than 1,800 proposed bills have been "Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed." There are way too many bills introduced to get to all of them.

MU softball ready for Big 12 tournament

The MU softball team will head to the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City as the No. 2 seed.

Benton Bees begin Harvest of the Month Club with honey

Vera Gelder of Walk-About Acres brought a beehive and jars of honey to Benton Elementary School's first Harvest of the Month Club session.

House Republicans reject health care bill, accuse Nixon of bribery

House Bill 11 was two steps away from Gov. Jay Nixon's desk when it was voted down 85-75 in the House and sent back to committee for revision by House and Senate budget leaders.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU seniors sent off with a smile

On Thursday afternoon, the association hosted the annual Senior Send-Off, which is to symbolize the students' exit from the university.

Missouri's Potter 2-over in first round of NCAA women's golf regional

Missouri women's golf coach Stephanie Priesmeyer said junior Julia Potter played well in the first round of the NCAA East Regional on Thursday in Gainesville, Fla.

City employees pitch new requests to council

Among the requests from the city of Columbia employees were a merit-based promotion program for police officers and firefighters and an across-the-board raise for Columbia Water and Light Department and the Public Works Department workers.

School of Journalism to require iPod touch or iPhone for students

Freshmen admitted into the School of Journalism and pre-journalism students may buy either an iPod touch or iPhone in order to meet the new requirement. The iPod touch retails around $229 and the iPhone starts at $199, according to Apple’s Web site. Those who do not comply will not be penalized.

Rock Bridge tennis stays undefeated after sweep of Illinois schools

The Bruins pulled off a close victory over Belleville (Ill.) West before earning a sweep over Triad High School to move their record to 18-0 this season.

Rock Bridge doubles team surprisingly successful

The Bruins' Aaron Skinner and Blake Buchert upset the favorites in the Class 2 state doubles championship last season. Since then, opponents have become more aware of the team's talent.

Boost Mobile ready to build on success of inexpensive cell phone service

Sprint Nextel Corp.'s prepaid phone subsidary Boost Mobile has added 674,000 prepaid customers since it launched its $50 unlimited calling and texting offer in February.

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Nixon tours Missouri battery plant

Gov. Nixon toured Kokam America, a battery plant based in Lee's Summit, and spoke about an economic development bill he's hoping to pass. The bill will include expansions of the Quality Jobs and the Business Use Incentives for Large-Scale Development programs.

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Mickey Carroll dies

Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz",  has died. He was 89.

Missouri lawmakers pass $23 billion budget

Propped up with $785 million from the federal stimulus package, Missouri's operating budget would grow by 3 percent despite an economic recession that has caused a decline in state tax revenues.

Family, others thankful for toddler's survival in Missouri woods

A 3-year-old Missouri boy was found alive Wednesday after two days in Mark Twain National Forest. His rescuer recalled the events that led to finding him alive, and the boy's father expressed his thanks for the rescue as well as his pride that his son was able to survive.

Bike, Walk & Wheel Week continues with commuting biker seminar

Commuters that make the trek to work on their bicycle were presented with a lecture about how to bike safely and legally in a brown bag lunch seminar Wednesday. The event, which is part of Bike, Walk & Wheel Week 2009, featured bike instructors Robert Johnson and Michelle Windmoeller.

Missing 3-year-old Missouri boy found alive

Joshua Childers — wearing only sneakers, a T-shirt and a diaper — was found in the Mark Twain National Forest, three miles from his home in southeast Missouri.

'Keys to the City' leads to debate on neighborhood congress

Councilmembers were on hand at the "Keys to the City" event, which included an information fair and a discussion about the creation of a neighborhood congress.