Diplomat says minuscule radiation reaches California

Public health officials say the distance between Japan and the U.S. will dilute any radiation that does reach the West Coast, and thus the radiation shouldn't pose any health risks.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Africa's newest nation - South Sudan

This week's guests discussed the journey ahead for the world's newest nation and the issue of press freedom in the region.

Libya declares cease-fire after UN vote

Following the mobilization of the international community, Moammar Gadhafi's forces have promised to stop military operations. There are no reliable death tolls after a month of fighting.

Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law

The judge's order will prevent the law signed into effect last week from being published March 25.

With aid slow to come, Japanese fend for themselves

Japanese refugees are displaying their resourcefulness and sense of community as they wait for foreign aid to arrive. Warmer weather is on its way to the region and could speed up clean-up and rescue operations.

Nixon to name Missouri's legislative redistricting panels

Bipartisan panels will have six months to develop new boundaries for the state's House and Senate districts.

Defense attorneys seek to bar Alyssa Bustamante's statements

Alyssa Bustamante was charged with slaying of a 9-year-old girl in fall 2009. She has pleaded not guilty and will face trial in June. 

St. Louis motorist dies when shot by stray bullet

Gunfire between a group of people and a vehicle resulted in the shooting of a passing-by motorist Thursday night in St. Louis.

Protesters briefly interrupt Nixon appearance

About 20 protesters from the group Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment interrupted Gov. Jay Nixon's appearance in St. Louis on Friday.

LETTER: Ehrhardt will provide stability to City Council

Ehrhardt has historical perspective that will give assurance to taxpayers.

LETTER: Helen Anthony committed to helping Columbia grow

The Fifth Ward candidate serves prominently on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission and has a deep understanding of Columbia's diverse needs.

LETTER: Helen Anthony is a smart choice for Columbia's Fifth Ward

Anthony's work on the Planning and Zoning Commission proves she understands the complex "dance" of government negotiations.

KC authorities check 800 vehicles on St. Pat's

Forty-one people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Area law enforcement issued 9 other citations at Thursday's sobriety checkpoint.

Mo. House OKs fund to help recruit foster parents

Donations from tax refunds would be used to recruit foster and adoptive families for children who have not had a home placement for at least 15 months who haven't had a home for at least 15 months.

Mo. Senate backs sex assault treatment requirement

The mandatory treatment program would reduce recidivism rates among Missouri sex offenders, the bill's sponsor said.