PHOTO GALLERY: Ted Kennedy dies at 77

As a member of the Senate for nearly half a century, Kennedy compiled a list of legislative achievements in many areas including health care, civil rights, education and immigration.

Lt. Gov. Kinder named distinguished Eagle Scout

Fewer than 2,000 of the 2 million Eagle Scouts over the last century have received the award.

Smoking ban measure passed by St. Louis County Council

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has not said if he will veto the bill. If he signs it, the measure would go to voters on Nov. 3.

Lithium is the key to powering a new generation of automobiles 

Bolivia is in the process of building its first lithium plant, giving it the opportunity to dominate the lithium-battery market.

MU journalism institute aims for growth, self-sufficiency

The $15 million in additional funding secured by the Reynolds Journalism Institute was the fruit of nearly two years of discussions with the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, said Roger Gafke, RJI director of program development. There was no formal contingency plan had funding not been renewed. The institute aims to bring in future revenue from diverse sources.

Columbia driver hits cyclist when making last-minute turn

Neither man was seriously injured. The cyclist was also hit by a school bus in 2001.

Columbia School Board to vote on increased property tax levy

School Board member Tom Rose said that the increase is the maximum increase possible, and that the board has in no way decided to accept the full levy. There will be a public forum at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the District Administration Building.

Columbia band to perform with rock 'n' roll star Chuck Berry

The popular local blues band was the "obvious choice" for Wednesday's free concert.

Ridgeway Elementary School parents discuss transfers with assistant superintendent

Ridgeway faces larger classes than ever before because of student transfers allowed under provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Mexico's new drug use law worries U.S. police

U.S. law enforcement officials warn against after-effects of relaxed Mexican drug law.

Missouri Gaming Commission puts St. Louis riverboat casino in limbo

The Missouri Gaming Commission has refused to allow the St. Louis-based President Casino to replace its century-old boat until the company gets a new operating license.  If the casino loses its license, it will create an opening for another company to seek a casino permit in Missouri.

'American royalty': A look into the Kennedy legacy

The Kennedys, one of the most recognized American families, has left a considerable mark on the country and its political scene.

St. Louis project gets $2.7 million in stimulus funds

The city's South Grand business district will receive the money for construction, which is to improve safety and make the area more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.

Sales of expensive items rise sharply in July

Although the increases in major item spending came off of historically low levels, the growth was seen as a positive indicator that the economy is beginning to recover.

SAT scores dip for high school class of 2009

Average scores increased for students from higher-income families, while score gaps increased between black and white students.