State fire marshal encourages residents to avoid open burning

Missouri's dry fall weather poses increased risk of wildfires, and residents are warned to take care.

October job figures show end to five-month trend of net loss

The economy generated a net gain in jobs for the first time in five months in October, as businesses stepped up their painfully slow pace of hiring. But the unemployment rate remained stuck at 9.6 percent.

Columbia man and his mother arrested in assault case

A teenage girl was stabbed in the arm during the incident that preceded the arrests.

Fuel leak halts Friday launch of space shuttle

The hydrogen gas leak was the latest and most serious problem to hit the Discovery this past week. Monday will be the last opportunity until the end of the month to launch the shuttle.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Elections always fascinating, sometimes free and fair

It is election season, not just in the United States but in many countries around the world from Brazil to Egypt. What common themes continue to emerge? What challenges do countries face as they elect leaders to represent them?

Suspect in multiple burglary cases arrested

Michael L.W. Maurer Jr. was brought into custody without incident.

LETTER: Attraction isn't a choice; lifestyle and identity are

People need to realize that we don’t have a choice about whom we’re attracted to.Although homosexual attractions are not a choice, what you do with that, including being gay, is.

Missouri couple lose weight with gastric bypass surgery

Gary and Vickie Pierson decided to undergo the surgery on the same day. She has lost more than 160 pounds and he has lost 183 pounds. The couple has had to adjust toeating restrictions and a loss of hunger.

Missouri company's styrofoam fills old railroad tunnel

Versa-Tech Inc. will use expanded polystyrene foam blocks to fill the Tucker tunnel, which has been used as shelter for homeless people.

At 75, Missouri dentist puts focus on nutrition

Ronald Shuler of Tipton has made it his life goal to help people get proactively involved in their health through proper nutrition.

Missouri man keeps large banana plants in his yard

Brian Rosenthal digs up his tall banana plants each winter and stores them in his basement until spring.

GUEST COMMENTARY: American Legion proud of veteran diversity

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. The diverse population of veterans is something that one American Legion commander is proud of and happy to celebrate.