TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Missouri eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine?

Missouri's sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses stands at a 75-to-1 ratio, but one representative plans on removing it.

DEAR READER: A note on Kansas basketball, snow and other competitions

Competition makes for odd companions. Hope springs for a record snow. Bracketology can make Jayhawk lovers out of the most loyal MU fans. Reporters chase their tails in the Mike Anderson Hog Watch.

Ads target Missouri bill on cold medicine prescriptions

Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster are in favor of requiring prescriptions for cold medicines containing a key ingredient to making methamphetamine, but radio ads by a health industry group target their proposed bill.

Columbia closer to Japanese earthquake through sister city

Columbia's past relationship with its sister city, Hakusan, Japan, has been rekindled with the earthquake and tsunami disasters.

Three generations of women exemplify Women’s History Month goals

Dorothy May Hill Varian's legacy lives on through her daughter and granddaughter to preserve the vital roles of women in society.

Missouri baseball changes schedule for weekend series with Oklahoma

Missouri and Oklahoma will try to play two games Friday and avoid bad weather forecast for Saturday.

Missouri baseball splits doubleheader with Oklahoma

The Tigers held the Sooners to one earned run in the games.

Study Island motivates Columbia elementary students

Study Island rewards students with blue ribbons for completing academic challenges online.

Weekend forecast could inch out Columbia snow record

This weekend's snowy forecast could make this July to June period the snowiest on record in Columbia.

Farm Service Agency offers loans to farmers after winter disaster

Any farmers who suffered physical and production losses caused by the winter disaster are eligible for the loans.

Repairs continue at First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church was damaged about a month ago when a car crashed through the front window of the church.

Columbia educators receive surprise award presentations

Five educators received in-class visits from a group of Columbia Public Schools administrators, who presented them with awards from the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence.

Hickman, Rock Bridge students named National Merit Scholarship finalists

High school students who have taken the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test are eligible for the program.

Ads target Missouri bill for cold medicine prescription

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is running radio ads against a law requiring a doctor's prescription for medications containing pseudoephedrine.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legal community working to find solution for anonymous bloggers

While keeping free speech and free press rights in mind, professionals from the legal field are examining ways to unmask anonymous speakers who make libelous statements.

Missouri expands campaign finance records database

The state's searchable campaign finance records now include those of committees formed to support or oppose ballot measures.

LETTER: Anderson showed lack of concern for his team

Mike Anderson's departure from the Missouri men's basketball team showed he had little regard for the team he has left behind.

Man charged in shooting death in Jefferson City

Terrell Edwards, 28, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in the March 12 death of 24-year-old Cortez Bellamy.

Missouri women explore Civil War-era family trees

Family stories and online research have revealed two different families' ties to the state's divided history. Digitized records and sites such as make genealogical research simpler than ever.

Card returned to Missouri man nearly 50 years after he sent it

W.R. O'Riley's lighthearted card to a high school friend was misplaced in an Omaha, Neb., post office and recently returned to him.