Missouri students in Nigeria struggle to return home amid violence

A Columbia man is one of five Missouri students returning from Nigeria, where violence has broken out in several parts of the country.

Big Muddy wildlife refuge celebrates land acquisition

The Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday celebrated the 2007 acquisition of 500 acres of the Missouri River's floodplain to be devoted to protecting wildlife in the area.

Propane often overlooked as an alternative fuel

Although ethanol, biodiesel and hydrogen get more buzz, propane is the most commonly used alternative fuel in the U.S. — and its reach is expanding.

Nigerian troops surround militant hideout

Nigerian army troops have surrounded the suspected hideout of a Muslim extremist accused of masterminding the African country's recent wave of violence as police continue to exchange gunfire with militant strongholds in the city of Maidiguri.

Owners of aging St. Louis casino fight for right to upgrade

The Las Vegas company managing the President Casino have asked state regulators for permission to rebuild the nearly 70-year-old St. Louis riverboat, a decision that could affect the development of new casinos in Missouri.

ANALYSIS: Poverty, graft behind Nigeria violence

Although the violence in Nigeria this week was committed by Islamist militants, it is poverty and politics – not religion – at the core of the matter.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kids in the Kitchen cooks up healthy recipes

Columbia's Fun City Youth Academy offers Kids in the Kitchen, a summer program held at Douglass High School that encourages healthy eating habits and physical activity. Kids in the Kitchen is having its culminating event in which kids will use what they have learned throughout the summer to make food for their families.

Flaws decried in data on U.S. children's well-being

Discouraging nationwide reports of children's health and well-being urges the government to take a closer look at how to strenghten its efforts.