Japanese dance students at Stephens College prepare for performance

Sachiyo Ito, a Japanese dance teacher, prepares Stephens College dance students for a performance on Friday. "Dance is not just steps, but learning about life," " Ito says.

Kelly no longer ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee

Columbia's Rep. Chris Kelly will serve on the Budget and Judiciary committees but will no longer be the ranking Democrat on the former.

Missouri to receive $2 million for broadband mapping and planning

Gov. Nixon's office announced that Missouri will receive a $1.5 million grant to get information on Internet lines in the state. 

New Missouri policies could reverse trend in cattle rustling

Cattle theft has risen over the past two years, according to the president of the Missouri Cattleman's Association. New legislation and the reinstatement of a  livestock protection task force, however, has helped decrease theft in recent months.

Missouri lawmakers to try again on expanding autism coverage

Legislation similar to that brought before the General Assembly last year, aimed at making insurance companies cover an autism treatment, will come before the body in January.

Thousands line up to see Palin in Springfield

One thousand people endured a cold December morning in Springfield to see Sarah Palin and get an autographed copy of her memoir, "Going Rogue."

DNR to award $11 million for energy efficiency

Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications through Jan. 15.

Corrections department awards $3 million to Missouri nonprofits

The Missouri Department of Corrections says the contracts to 36 nonprofit groups will support efforts to help former inmates avoid re-offending and make the transition to the work force.