Missouri House approves franchise tax phase-out

The Missouri House of Representatives voted 106-52 Thursday to approve the removal of the franchise tax by the 2016 tax year.

LETTER: Unwanted newborns need protection as much as unborn children

Laws making abortion more difficult might make it possible to require a woman to carry a baby to term, but it is not possible to make her want or love the child.

St. Charles city, county still want to bar funeral protests

Despite the Supreme Court ruling Wednesday, St. Charles city and county officials say the decision left open whether various local and state restrictions on funeral protests are constitutional.

Missouri bill would monitor how Planned Parenthood spends federal funds

The new legislation would require Missouri clinics that receive federal Family Planning or Title X funds to report to the state exactly how each federal dollar is spent.

UPDATE: Authorities uncertain why man committed suicide on I-70

Descriptions of this man and his truck are similar to those of a man connected to three incidents on Tuesday night, police said.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you agree with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church?

The Supreme Court ruled that protests by the Westboro Baptist Church at military funerals are protected under the First Amendment.

True/False Film Festival opens with new venue, new events

The Globe Theater, a masked ball called The Jubilee, Campfire Stories and The True Life Run are all new this year.

Thomas' perfect game is first in nine years for MU softball team

Pitcher Chelsea Thomas struck out 11 batters in Missouri’s first home game of the year.

Charles P. Witt Jr. appointed as new Columbia fire chief

City Manager Bill Watkins announced the appointment, which will be effective Sunday.

High court rules for military funeral protesters

The Supreme Court on Wednesday voted 8-1 to uphold the protesting rights of the Westboro Baptist Church. The decision threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members who picketed his son's funeral.

Baylor nets decisive win over Missouri women's basketball team

Baylor center Brittney Griner scored 22 points to help the Bears earn the Big 12 regular season title.

Missouri wrestler not afraid to follow different path

Jake Cyr, a 141-pound freshman on the Missouri wrestling team, is a nursing major at MU. He also walked onto the team with his older brother Josh Cyr.

Phillips helps Cougars advance in AMC Tournament

The Columbia College women's basketball team will play Park University in the AMC Tournament semifinals Friday.

Rock Bridge boys basketball team beats Waynesville in Class 5 sectional

Freshman Nick Norton is a key contributor again in the 68-46 victory.

Professionals testify for bills to educate coaches about head injuries

Three bills call for a training program to be developed to educate coaches about head injuries and also would require an examination to be conducted before an injured player can return to the field.

Bill to protect custody rights of parents with disabilities

The bill will prevent the state and courts from taking away custody rights solely because the parents have a disability.

Man who drove into church had 0.24 blood alcohol content, police say

The bond for Scott Andrew Robinson, who police say drove into the First Presbyterian Church, is reduced from $60,000 to $6,000. He will face a series of restrictions when he is released.

UPDATE: Missouri House endorses tax amnesty period

The Missouri House of Representatives has endorsed a bill providing for tax amnesty. All interest and penalties would be waived for those who pay their bills between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31.

MoDOT repairs on I-70 to begin this spring

Motorists should be prepared to slow down for construction crews on Interstate 70 near the Rocheport Exit. Repairs on both sides of the highway will begin this spring.

Lucy's Corner Cafe undergoes remodeling, repairs

The downtown diner is set to reopen in late March.