UPDATE: Two former employees sue H&R Block

The class-action lawsuit could encompass any employee who was not paid for "rehire training" within the last three years, provided they indicate their consent.

Making science cool, one tree or Barbie at a time

In trying to talk about the secret life of trees with nonscientific audiences, forest ecologist Nalani Nadkarni aims for the "cool" factor.

Report: Boone County ranks 10th in children's well-being

The Kids Count report looks at 10 key factors when reviewing data and uses six to determine a composite rank for the well-being of children for each county.

Missouri ranks second in rate of black homicide

Missouri ranks second in the nation for black homicide rates among its residents, according to a report on based on statistics from 2007.

Highly anticipated Apple iPad tablet offers many features

Steve Jobs revealed Apple's newest gadget Wednesday, giving interested consumers a tour of its many features.

REVIEW: Apple's iPad more than just bigger iPod Touch

Apple's new iPad, introduced Wednesday, has several useful features that neither a laptop nor an iPod Touch can emulate, including the new iBook software and a conveniently larger screen.

Pair of Missouri swimmers earn Big 12 honor

Two Missouri swimmers were named the Big 12 men's and women's swimmer of the week on Wednesday.

Columbia tax preparers sue H&R Block over training requirement

The two Columbia residents allege the 24 hours of training violated the Fair Labor Standards Act because it was unpaid.

High school basketball coach to get tickets, after all

A Kansas high school basketball coach who was promised Final Four tickets if he made a half-court shot last week as part of a prank will be receiving those tickets after all.

Report: College endowments suffer huge declines

A new report finds college endowments suffer huge losses, but a rebound might be on the way.

State of the Union to broadcast on the Internet

President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will broadcast in new ways Wednesday night , including through YouTube and iTunes applications.

Dealers swamped by worried Toyota drivers

The expansion of Toyota's eight-model recall because of faulty gas pedals left dealerships overloaded with calls Wednesday from Toyota drivers worried about the safety of their vehicles. Toyota's announcement that it will stop building and selling the models follows the recall last week of  the same eight cars and trucks, which are among Toyota's most popular. Toyota said the problem is rare, and safety experts said Toyota drivers should watch for warning signs of the accelerator problem.

Missouri House rejects plan to change farm land taxes

Last month, the State Tax Commission proposed increasing productive values for higher quality farmland, cutting them for lesser land and keeping them the same for the worst. The recommendations will take effect Jan. 1, 2011, unless the House and Senate each vote to reject them.

Missouri regulators vote to close President Casino

The Missouri Gaming Commission claims the owners of the casino have deliberately slowed the casino's gambling and voted 4-0 to revoke it's license. A spokesperson from Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., which owns the casino, said the economy is to blame for the casino's decline.

MU students sequence white grub's DNA

By sequencing the white grub's DNA, students will be able to identify the specimen, which could help farmers with pesky beetle problems.

Missouri educators learning to identify suicide warning signs

A University of Missouri suicide prevention program is offering training sessions for high school educators around the state. During the sessions, they learn to identify risk factors and warning signs in students.

Missouri bill barring texting for all drivers gets support

Currently Missouri law prohibits people age 21 and younger from writing, sending or reading text messages while driving a vehicle.

Missouri Senate panel advances bill requiring autism coverage

The Senate's legislation would require coverage of up to $72,000 anually while the House is still working on a bill of its own.

Humane Society of Missouri holds first telethon

The telethon will raise funds to care for animals and investigate abuse cases.

Study provides better picture of student performance at charter schools

The committee can now analyze the data and try to understand why some of the schools are performing above expectations.