ANALYSIS: Ethnic politics boost Sotomayor chances

With Republicans having lost ground with Hispanic voters, the fastest-growing segment of the population, they will find it very difficult to defeat the woman who would be the first Hispanic justice.

Civilized debate over merits of death penalty worth the conversation

Particularly cruel murderers should be able to receive the death penalty, when judges and juries deem it just.

Rock Bridge wins baseball sectional

Key hits with the bases loaded propelled the Rock Bridge baseball team to a 7-1 victory over host Troy Buchanan on Tuesday in Class 4 sectional play.

Today's Question: How should the UM System deal with budget woes?

Eliminating positions and leaving others unfilled could save the UM System more than $2 million. But is it the best way to deal with a declining operating budget and revenues?

Text messaging while driving is wrong regardless of driver's age

Text messaging isn't the only problem. Talking on the phone, applying makeup and drinking coffee take a driver's attention away from where it should be: the road.

Skate escapes

After a long and tawdry history, women's roller derby is making a national comeback. The CoMo Derby Dames take to the rink for exercise, competition, entertainment and a friendship they don't find anywhere else.

Obama picks Hispanic for U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 54, is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents and grew up in low-income housing in the Bronx. She said of her legal career, "I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government."

Memorial Day parade in Columbia honors veterans, astronauts

Hall of Fame astronaut Robert Gibson served as grand marshal at Columbia's annual Salute to Veterans parade. The theme this year was "Honoring and Remembering One Giant Leap for Mankind" in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's famous first words upon stepping on the moon.

California high court upholds gay-marriage ban

But the court said 18,000 same-sex weddings were still valid. The decision sparked protests  and promises to repeal the ban.

Obama picks Sotomayor for high court, sources say

Sonia Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Hispanic member of the court. She is a self-described "Newyorkrican" who grew up in a Bronx housing project after her parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico.

Sotomayor umpired baseball players, team owners

The newest supreme court judge "saved baseball" after putting an end to a 7 ½-month strike that wiped out the World Series in 1994.

Sotomayor fought discrimination as Yale Law student

While a student at Yale Law, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor accused a Washington law firm of discrimination based on her Puerto Rican heritage, leading to an investigation by a campus tribunal and the firm's forced apology.

ANALYSIS: Obama plays biography above brains with Sotomayor pick

Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor, while not the expected nominee, has earned support from her party and could be the home-run queen President Barack Obama is looking for.

Man stomps on state seal, detained at Missouri Capitol

James Bohling, 42, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly stomping on the roped-off state seal on the floor of Capitol building in Jefferson City and pushing a tour guide.

ANALYSIS: Sotomayor would bring mostly liberal record to Supreme Court

But it's unlikely Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation would seriously alter the court's balance, based on her record.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds death sentence in Kirkwood police killing

The court, in its majority opinion, stated that none of 11 points raised by Kevin Johnson could be used to appeal his conviction and sentence.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi defends self after American's visit

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi testified Tuesday on her behalf but offered few insights. She faces up to five years in prison after a Missouri man swam across a lake and entered her house uninvited.

Internship program aligns youths, in-demand jobs

This summer, federal stimulus funds will help Missouri students get internships.

Hundreds remember Ladue Air Force lieutenant for her compassion

The funeral for Air Force 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, was held on Memorial Day in St. Louis.


Gay marriage proponents plan St. Louis rally

The California Supreme Court's decision whether to overturn Proposition 8 will set the tone of Tuesday's rally.