District nationally recognized with "What Parents Want" award

The Columbia Public School district received a "What Parents Want" award, making it one of 28 Missouri school districts to receive the recognition. The award is based on information taken from parent questionnaires asking parents around the nation what they value in a school system.

COLUMN: What happened to objectivity?

The news networks need to worry less about entertainment and more about giving viewers the straight facts.

Missouri heads to Women's College World Series

The women of the Missouri softball team left Columbia on Tuesday for Oklahoma City, the host of the 2010 Women's College World Series. The Tigers play their first game against Hawaii on Thursday at noon.

ANALYSIS: Gaza conflict tests U.S. diplomacy in Middle East

A confrontation over a convoy attempting to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has strained diplomatic relationships within the Middle East.

Federal government launches civil, criminal investigations into BP Gulf oil spill

In addition to plummeting stock values and unsuccessful attempts to contain the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP now faces criminal and civil investigations regarding the disaster.  Attorney General Eric Holder promises the government will be "extremely forceful" in its response if the investigations reveal evidence of illegal activity.

Black drivers stopped at increasing rates, attorney general report finds


A yearly analysis of statewide traffic stops shows that black drivers are far more likely to be stopped by officers than white or Hispanic drivers. This disparity has risen almost every year since 2001, when Missouri began publishing these reports.

Young county prosecutor mulls death penalty in drifter case

A 28-year-old University of Missouri law school graduate is now responsible for deciding whether a Missouri family deserves to face the death penalty.

Missouri Attorney General Koster to release police traffic stop report

The report, which will be released Tuesday, uses data from the state's more than 700 law enforcement agencies.

McCaskill meeting with veterans in Missouri this week

Her itinerary includes a stop in Columbia on Wednesday.