UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers send $23 billion budget to governor

The proposed budget cut financial aid for higher education and Gov. Jay Nixon's personal chef and travel expenses, but it appears balanced with no plans for new tax increases.

UPDATE: Caruthersville awaits record crest

The Mississippi River, which already broke the previous record crest of 46 feet in Caruthersville on Wednesday, is expected to reach 49.5 feet on Sunday.

Missouri lawmakers approve $23 billion budget for 2012

If approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, the $23 billion operating budget for the 2012 fiscal year will reduce aid for colleges.

Gov. Jay Nixon withdraws two higher education appointments

The appointment of Columbia lawyer Craig Van Matre to the UM System Board of Curators was held up because of attempts to reach a deal on another possible appointment.

Gov. Jay Nixon seeks federal disaster declaration

Nixon said the major disaster declaration for Missouri would provide assistance both to individuals and public agencies.

GEORGE KENNEDY: At long last, a hopeful ending to the James Scott travesty

The celebration of James T. Scott's life, the victim of Columbia's last lynching, united community members Saturday, shining some light on a dark patch of history.

GENE ROBERTSON: New Columbia public officals face many challenges

Communication, setting short-term and long-term goals, and utilizing resources will help new officials serve constituents fairly.

Coaching baseball at Hickman suits Devine Jr. just fine

Dan Devine Jr. is the coach of the Hickman baseball team and the son of a legendary college football coach. But coaching at a higher level was never a dream for him — his passion is for teaching children.

Slow-moving disaster rolls down Mississippi River

Record-breaking flooding is still expected along the Mississippi River, despite temporary relief after blowing up a southern Missouri levee. 

Hopes fade as tornado survivor search continues in Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Ala., continues to search for survivors with the help of "cadaver-sniffing dogs." However, no survivor was found Wednesday, and officials worry that there are not many survivors left to rescue.

Third, final explosion at Birds Point levee successful

The final blast occurred Thursday. It was originally planned for Tuesday but was delayed while additional explosives were brought in.

Miles leads Rock Bridge baseball team to decisive victory

John Miles led the Bruins on the mound and at the plate in a 13-3 six-inning victory Thursday night over visiting Francis Howell.

Missouri House endorses nuclear power measure

The measure would allow utilities to charge customers the cost of securing an early site permit before building a new nuclear reactor.

UPDATE: National exhibit suggests art for anxious America

The Kansas City exhibit, "America: Now and Here" treats art as therapeutic relief for an anxious nation.

Final Birds Point levee explosion set for Thursday

The initial blast allowed water into 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.

Two sent to hospital after crash on Rollins Road

Police said they attempted but were unable to stop one of the cars for speeding near Rollins Road and Stadium Boulevard before it was involved in the crash.

Rock Bridge thrower set to bring his success to Missouri

Rock Bridge senior Nick Sublett won the shot put and discus events at the Dale Collier Invitational in Kirkwood. Next year, he will be throwing for MU.

Celebrated MU Honors professors share friendship, loyalty to students

Stuart Palonsky will be stepping down from his role as Honors College director after 20 years, and Bill Bondeson is retiring after working at MU since 1964. Bondeson will give a "Last Lecture" at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Man wanted for aggraveted stalking

The Columbia Police Department is currently seeking information on the whereabouts of suspect Keith Brodie, wanted for aggravated stalking.

Missouri Department of Conservation transports 34 elk to Peck Ranch

Thirty-four wild elk were transported from holding pens in Kentucky to Peck Ranch, arriving at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. The elk are part of the Missouri Department of Conservation's three-year plan to restore elk in Missouri.