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TODAY'S QUESTION: What's the best way to provide long-term assistance to Haiti?

The country has experienced numerous natural disasters in the past decade leading to mass casualties. What steps can the global community take to provide long-term assistance to poverty-stricken Haiti?

Kansas State upsets top-ranked Texas men's basketball team

No. 10 Kansas State dominated in the first half then held on down the stretch to knock off No. 1 Texas 71-62 on Monday night in Manhattan, Kan.

PHOTO GALLERY: Guests attend breakfast in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

The event was sponsored by community activist Almeta Crayton, the Frederick Douglass Coalition and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Association.

LETTER: Obama gives with one hand, takes with the other

The president's policies on trade with China and conflict in the Middle East aren't helping solve our country's problems.

LETTER: Support HJR56 for a more simple tax code that works better

The bill simplifies state taxes, allowing businesses to lower prices and offer better opportunities for their employees.

Tobacco companies required to disclose product formulas

The Food and Drug Administration is enforcing a new law that requires tobacco companies  to reveal their ingredients in cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Survivors in Haiti nursing home dying while awaiting aid

Earthquake survivors have brought food and some medicine to dying residents in the rubble of a Haiti nursing home, but large-scale foreign aid had yet to reach dozens there Monday. Many are starving and suffering from wounds without medical attention or medicine.

Pirates trade shots after tanker release off the Somali coast

Levels of piracy have risen over the past six years. Shipping companies have paid $80 million to $100 million in ransom money to Somali pirates in the past two years

More troops, aid go to Haiti but hunger persists

The EU and the U.S. have pledged more than $600 million to aid Haiti, but Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez said it would cost up to $10 billion to rebuild the country.

Report: more men receive economic boost from marriage

Unlike the 1970s, today's men are married to women whose education and income exceed their own, according to a Pew Research Center report. Because of this trend, a gender role reversal is emerging in marriages, according to report.

FDA debates tougher cancer warning on tanning beds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will open a public hearing in March to dicuss tougher regulations on tanning beds, giving concern to the tanning bed industry.

Free prescription prenatal vitamins available at Schnucks pharmacies

Schnucks pharmacies are giving away free prescription prenatal vitamins for National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

LETTER: Skala, Wade provide leadership with support for Comprehensive Plan

Upcoming revisions to the Metro 2020 Planning Guide were made possible by two members of city council.

Forest Service seeks new life for old buildings

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals from private individuals to potentially renovate old buildings that are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Hickman girls basketball drops first game of tournament

The Kewpies can't hold on in second half of Sedalia Tournament.

ANALYSIS: State Republicans oppose federal Medicaid expansion, citing high costs

Federal legislation expanding Medicaid could cost Missouri as much as $1 billion, according to cost estimates from state Republicans opposing the legislation. Some of the estimates, however, have been shown to be out of date.

St. Louis, Kansas City earnings taxes under fire

Critics of the Missouri earnings tax have pushed to add the issue on the ballot as early as fall of 2010. The tax generates a third of St. Louis' city revenue and 40 percent of the Kansas City revenue.

Suburban St. Louis mayor pushes for legalization of medical marijuana

Following his wife's struggle with breast cancer, Cottleville Mayor Don Yarber pushes for the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri.

Police arrest suspect in shootings of five Texans

Police arrested a 20-year-old man for his suspected involvement in the shooting death of five people.

St. Joseph prepares for possible flooding

Officials say flooding is unlikely, although they've seen more precipitation than average.

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