On the ground in Afghanistan: A firsthand account of a Marine's untimely death

Lance Cpl. Joshua "Bernie" Bernard was the 19th American to die in Afghanistan to die in Afghanistan in August when he was struck in the legs with an RPG. He was 21.

Columbia Public Schools to make Obama speech available

The Columbia Public School District will now be able to make President Barack Obama's speech to students available to teachers districtwide via an internal network. Student participation in viewing the speech remains optional.

Columbia man dies in motorcycle accident

Clifford Schafer, 59, of Columbia died Thursday morning in a fatal motorcycle crash.

Ceremony honors Missouri soldiers headed to Afghanistan

A unit of the Missouri National Guard, the Agribusiness Development Team III, will help farmers in the Nangarahr region of Afghanistan refine agricultural practices and increase crop production.

Missouri receives $22 million for Medicaid fraud

Missouri will recieve $22 million from Pfizer and its subsidiaries for Medicaid fraud, which is part of a $1 billion nationwide settlement. 

Fifth annual Tomato Festival sees large turnout

Visitors came from far and near to sample tomatoes and peppers at the 5th Annual Tomato Festival held Thursday.

Grant Elementary classroom fundraiser rocks The Blue Note

Grant Elementary School celebrated its new eco-friendly classroom and promoted sustainability through a documentary.

Judge removes himself from Carthage murder case

Judge David Mouton, who lives in Carthage, knew the victims and their family.

Shawn Hornbeck discusses Jaycee Dugard case

A Missouri teen kidnapped in 2002 and found in 2007 speaks out on the return of Dugard to her family.

Owner of Kansas City financial company appointed to state board

Nixon appoints  Kelley Martin to the Missouri Development Finance Board.

New Japanese prime minister changes political dynamics of Asia

Journalists and Asian experts examine the effects that the new Japanese prime minister will have on Asian relations, America and the Asian economy.

Newman will be candidate for Brown's state seat

Stacey Newman will run for the seat vacated by Steve Brown after he plead guilty to federal obstruction of justice charges.

H&R Block doesn't meet expectations in first quarter

The tax preparer lost $133.6 million in the first quarter this year compared to $132.7 million lost in the first quarter a year ago.

Missouri Supreme Court declines to hear light-rail case

Clay Chastain appealed to the state Supreme Court after the Missouri Court of Appeals said that Kansas City Council had the authority to repeal a Chastain light-rail plan that voters approved in 2006.

Hundreds of yard sales being held in southeast Missouri

The 61-mile yard sale is taking place through Saturday from Jackson to Bloomsdale along U.S. 61.

Southwest Missouri teacher faces firing following mercury spill

The Forsyth School District has planned a termination hearing for a sixth-grade teacher after a violation of the district's policy against having mercury in school.

Former sports broadcaster 'Buddy' Blattner dies from lung cancer

Robert "Buddy" Blattner died Friday at his home in Chesterfield. He was a longtime sports broadcaster, who had a stint with the St. Louis Cardinals.