Thomas, Nottelmann combine for perfect game in Missouri softball's rout

Chelsea Thomas pitched four perfect innings and Kristin Nottelmann pitched one in Missouri's 10-0 win over SIU-Edwardsville in five innings on Wednesday.

Worley Street Park Neighborhood Association to meet for first time

The meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. The neighborhood association is looking for leaders.

Periodical cicadas of 2011 expected to emerge in May

The cicadas are coming, and they're coming by the thousands. When the soil temperature reaches 65 degrees, they'll emerge from the ground — probably sometime in mid-May.

Changes help Conner Mach excel for Missouri baseball team

Tigers junior Conner Mach moved to the top of the batting order and from third base to left field last week before Missouri's series against Baylor. By the time the series was over, he had earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors.

Youth Empowerment Zone to fundraise at Break Time gas stations Friday

The theme of the organization's annual fundraiser is "Driving Youth to Success on the Nonviolent Street."

Emmett Till's relatives speak about his legacy

Simeon Wright and Wheeler Parker Jr. spoke Wednesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center about the death of their cousin, Emmett Till, and the effect it had on the civil rights movement.

Experience helps senior lead Rock Bridge baseball team

Wilson Pfeiffer says he played more than 100 games last summer. His coach says that's made hima dependable player with a leader's mentality.

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon signs bill repealing dog-breeding restrictions

Nixon signed the measure Wednesday evening.  It means a voter-approved limit of 50 breeding dogs per business will be repealed and many of the original dog-care provisions will be replaced.

Newspapers, websites lacking diversity in sports departments

The third report that has been done for Associated Press Sports Editors shows that sports departments are still being led mostly by white men.

Mills helps Hickman baseball team shutout Smith-Cotton

Another strong performance by Hickman catcher Spencer Mills carried the Kewpies baseball team to a 5-0 victory Wednesday over visiting Smith-Cotton.

Lockout adds more questions than usual to 2011 NFL Draft

Uncertainty is the theme heading into the 2011 NFL Draft as the issue of the lockout adds to the usual speculation of who will be selected where.

Columbia family offers reward for information about missing teen

Kylan Stubler, 17, has not been seen by family or friends since Friday.

UPDATE: Gas company causes loud noise heard in northern Boone County

A leak on a Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. natural gas pipeline was the cause of a loud noise heard by residents Tuesday night.

Missouri lawmakers approve extension of loan program

Low-interest loans will continue to be available to small businesses and farmers under a potential bill that will eliminate an expiration date for the Missouri Linked Deposit Program.

Kelly calls for special session to discuss Ameren bill

If passed, the bill would let Ameren ask its ratepayers to pay up to $45 million to cover the costs for seeking an early site permit for a second nuclear power plant.

Gas company causes loud noise heard in northern Boone County

Northern Boone County residents may have heard a loud noise Monday night when Panhandle Eastern Pipeline blew up a high-pressure gas line at a pumping station off Highway 124.

Volunteers work to stop flooding in southeast Missouri towns

Relentless rain over the past several days has residents rushing to prevent floodwaters from invading their communities.

Supreme Court rules in favor of parents in climbing wall case

The parents of a young woman who died after falling from a climbing wall attraction at a Mid-Missouri Mavericks game prevailed in the state's highest court.

UPDATE: Missouri House passes congressional redistricting plan

The Missouri House has passed a bill that consolidates Missouri's nine congressional districts into eight based on data from Census 2010.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let's watch America grow again

Paying more taxes is the opposite of being unpatriotic; it's what will save us.