Columbia School Board approves 1 percent stipend

The Columbia School Board approved a 1 percent stipend for hourly support staff and asked to revisit the whole salary schedule for more improvements.

Missouri board to interview 3 education commissioner finalists Wednesday

On Wednesday, the State Board of Education will interview the three candidates — Bert Schulte, Chris Nicastro and Dennis Cheek.

Former Gov. Matt Blunt collides with scooter

Blunt was ticketed in the accident after failing to give the scooter driver the right of way.

Suburban St. Louis house fire kills elderly woman

An 81-year-old woman died in a house fire in the St. Louis suburb of St. George.

Imprisoned American journalists unlikely to see N. Korea's worst conditions

Two American journalists – Laura Ling and Euna Lee – will more likely be used for political leverage in North Korea than spend time in the nation's worst labor camps.

Southeast Missouri man suspected of fatally shooting wife, then self

The couple were in the process of getting a divorce, authorities said.

Preliminary hearing set in 1992 killing

The bones of Betty Ann Howery were found in a septic tank in October in northeast Missouri. Her widower, Douglas Howery Sr., is charged with first-degree murder.

Columbia man dies in motorcycle crash

Ryan Hall lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guard rail on Route K on Monday night, according to the Sheriff's Department. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown.

Big banks' greed giving bad name all bankers

Gone are the days when bankers wanted to be user friendly their customers. The industry is taking advantage of the ugly financial situation to improve its bottom line.

Despite warnings, flip-flops have become universal footwear

Podiatrists and doctors warn people not to wear flip-flops everyday because it can wear your feet down and make them dry.

Missouri receives $1 million to treat people with brain injuries

The state has qualified for the grant each year since the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services program began in 1997, and it plans to use the money on projects aimed to help underserved groups such as minorities and those living in rural areas.

Americans with Disabilities Act amendments to be discussed in Kansas City

Disability law advocates will discuss new standards for public recreational equipment and accomodating wounded veterans returning to school.

Missouri medical providers not garnishing tax refunds

Missouri law permits health care providers to recoup overdue bills by submitting a claim to have the individual's tax refund offset, but no providers have done so.

Police identify body found in River Des Peres

It was Charles Daniel Stringfellow, 25, of Mount Carmel, Ill.

Kennett spill wasn't hazardous, but it was smelly

When a rear axle gave out on a tanker truck and caused it to flip on its side, 3,500 gallons of liquid fertilizer spilled in downtown Kennett. And the mix of ammonium nitrate and urea raised a stink.

Critics of animal ID system plan Jefferson City protest

The animal identification system, which has been promoted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a way to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak, faces opposition from some small-farm operators, who think the program imposes unfair costs upon farmers.

U.S. House to consider 'cash for clunkers' plan Tuesday

The House proposal, which is set for a floor vote on Tuesday, is aimed at stimulating car sales, improving the environment and encouraging consumers to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles. Alternative bills with similar parameters have been proposed in the Senate.

Thinning of deer population planned in St. Louis suburb

A number of people oppose a plan to sterilize some deer and euthanize others in Town and Country, but advocates say the animals cause accidents and are a nuisance.

Slain abortion provider's clinic to close

George Tiller's family says it is proud of his "service and courage," but family members will no longer have any involvement in any similar clinic.

Chili's developer Brinker dies at 78

Norman Brinker, former chairman of Brinker International and developer of the Chili's Grill & Bar franchise, died Tuesday in Colorado.