UPDATE: Tornado kills unknown number in Joplin

Tornado warnings has been issued from Texas to Michigan Sunday night, as the unknown death toll continues to rise.

Tornado hits hospital in Joplin

Missouri softball team advances to NCAA super regional

The No. 4 Missouri softball team won consecutive games against DePaul on Sunday to advance to the NCAA super regional round next weekend. A day after losing to DePaul 2-1 in 11 innings, the Missouri offense scored seven runs in the first game and eight runs in the second game to easily beat the Blue Demons.

LETTER: Suggestions for addressing budget deficit

Cut defense spending, restore the progressive income tax and raise the Social Security cap — those three ideas should help address the deficit.

Gov. Nixon activates Guard to help Joplin

Department of Mental Health faces overtime issues from understaffing

A report by the state auditor in December noted that the department paid about $48 million in overtime over a period of three years.

Eryca Neville to replace Brian Gaub as Douglass principal

Neville said she wants to increase students' career awareness and postsecondary education opportunities.

Republicans lack frontrunner to challenge McCaskill

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is answering to recent controversy over the airplane she and her husband own, but she still does not have a clear opponent to compete with in the 2012 election.

LETTER: Rising fuel prices stem from lack of competition

Another part of the problem is the public is too interested in sports, celebrities, electronic gadgets and other distractions to pay attention to what special interest groups are doing to our nation.

Achievement gap in Columbia Public Schools to be discussed on Intersection

On Tuesday, the Missourian will publish a report eight months in the making that explores why there is a gap in achievement within Columbia schools.