High-end medical option prompts Medicare worries

Lewis Weiner speaks with a patient at his office in Providence, R.I., in mid-March. Weiner limits his practice to patients who pay an annual fee of $1,500, whether they needs his services or not. Instead of juggling 2,000 or more patients, these doctors can concentrate on a few hundred, stressing prevention and acting as advocates with specialists and hospitals. "I get to know the individual," he said. "I see their color. I see their moods. I pick up changes in their lives, new stressors that I would not have found as easily before. It's been a very positive shift."

An annual fee reserves a doctor's attention and care, as well as guarantees quick appointments. Some ask if such a system will attract so many doctors that those unable to pay the fee would be left without available doctors.

MU Relays give brothers first and last chance to compete in same event

The Missouri Relays on Saturday marked the first event Matt Pickerel, an MU junior, and Mark Pickerel, a senior at Rock Bridge, competed in the same sport, in the same place, at the same time.

PHOTO GALLERY: Big Muddy Folk Festival gets down with fiddles, jam session

The festival's events Saturday included a hammered dulcimer demonstration.

Missouri officials seek to offset investigation costs

One proposal calls for convicted offenders to re-imburse a city for cost of investigating the crime. Others seek lesser sentencing by making some offenses a misdemeanor with a fine and by diverting offenders to treatment programs.

MU gymnasts end season at regionals

The Missouri gymnastics team ended its season Saturday with a sixth-place finish in NCAA regional competition in Norman, Okla.

Last City Council candidate forum addresses African-American community

The four candidates for the First Ward seat addressed race relations in the central city ward.

Missouri highway signs to show Civil War sites

The Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will be making available highway signs to point out some of the historic sites.

St. Louis, Kansas City voters to decide earnings taxes

Voters in both Kansas City and St. Louis will decide whether or not to retain the 1 percent tax on earnings in their respective cities on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rain Dogs, Phyllis Dale perform at Big Muddy Folk Festival

The two acts played in Thespian Hall in Boonville on the first night of the festival.

MU softball team falls at Baylor

Chelsea Thomas lost her first game in 14 starts in the Missouri softball team's 3-2 defeat Saturday at Baylor.

Missouri baseball team drops second game at Texas

The Missouri baseball team lost 5-2 to Texas on Saturday in the second game of its three-game series in Austin, Texas.

Crack leaks radioactive water into sea off Japan

The disturbing discovery points at the unexpected problems that can crop up and continue to hamper technicians trying to control the crisis. Tsunami victims want the government to pay more attention to solving the housing crisis.

Authorities find crashed plane in southeast Missouri

The plane went missing on Sunday after leaving Arkansas.

Old times not forgotten: Civil War at 150

Anniversaries of the Civil War are shaped by the context of the time in which they take place, says Associated Press reporter Christopher Sullivan. The 15oth anniversary is a remembrance rather than a celebration.

Charges added against Mexico, Mo., sexual assault suspect

The man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Mexico, Mo., Walmart was arrested on similar charges in Columbia.