Blacks' role in Confederacy remains touchy subject

A Virginia textbook that said thousands of African-Americans served in the Confederacy was recalled. However, most Civil War historians agree that black slaves and some free black contributed to the Southern war effort, but it was often under duress or for survival.

GENE ROBERTSON: Community planning shouldn't be a waste of time

Citizen participation should be employed as a valued resource, not a facade of community involvement.

Missouri unemployment rate holds steady in May

The rate was at the same level in April. The number of nonfarm jobs fell by 1,500, however.