Missouri House endorses local control of St. Louis police

However, St. Louis police officers prefer state control.

LETTER: Energy healing is not a proven practice

There is no major evidence to support that energy healing works, and a column expressing an opinion in the contrary does no service to readers.

Proposed bills would ban smoking on Missouri prison grounds

Bills filed in both the House and Senate would prohibit smoking or the use of tobacco products anywhere on the grounds of state correctional facilities.

Community members voice approval of Bonnie View Park plan

The Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to move ahead and present the plan to the City Council.

Rock Bridge girls basketball team reaches 20 wins

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team won 48-37 on Thursday at Helias Catholic to earn its sixth consecutive 20-win season.

Northern Arkansas feels unexplained surge in earthquakes

The north-central Arkansas region has received more than 700 quakes from seismic activity throughout the past six months. Locals are skeptical, and many blame increased drilling by gas companies for the quakes.

Second-half surge powers Columbia College men's basketball team

The Cougars made sure to put pressure on the Spartans leading scorer Le Andre' Johnson, who entered the game with a 53 percent shooting average, limiting him to a 36.4 shooting for the night.

Police search for Jefferson Street shooting suspect

No one was injured in the shooting on Jefferson Street on Wednesday night, but police are still looking for a suspect.

Missouri legislator wants stronger protection for voter-backed laws

A Missouri House member's proposal states that for two years after voters approve a measure, the legislature would need a two-thirds majority vote to change it.

Columbia police arrest man for 'terrorist threats'

The man led police in a car chase before eventually pulling over near Short and Walnut streets, police said.

UPDATE: House endorses local control of St. Louis Police Department

While St. Louis officials prefer the city be handed control of its own Police Department, the Police Officers Association is concerned that losing the state oversight could lead to reduced pensions and other benefits for officers.

Branson showboat to reopen in late March

The Branson showboat, a paddle wheeler that ran aground in December, is scheduled to reopen in late March.