GEORGE KENNEDY: Gov. Jay Nixon could stand to act like more of a Democrat

With three important Republican-backed bills in front of him, Gov. Nixon's decisions could further separate him from his party members. 

Joplin school district tries to rebuild, reinvent

As Joplin residents recover from the tornado that tore through the city, resurrecting Joplin High and other public schools has brought the community together.

Missouri golf's Jace Long named All-American

Missouri’s Jace Long was named a Ping Golf All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Dixon, Mo., native is coming off a season in which he won four events, including the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional in Ocala, Fla.

Missouri jury rules for hog farm owner in odor lawsuit

A jury rejected a northwest Missouri man's $3 million lawsuit against Premium Standard Farms. The man sought damages for the scent emitted from the hog farm, which he claimed damaged the use and enjoyment of his property.

Soggy Midwest faces new summer threat: more rain

Residents in Missouri and elsewhere are being warned about what could happen if rivers rise as much as projected. In Jefferson City, for example, the predicted crests of 6 feet to 14 feet above flood stage could wash out roads, breach levees, close railroads, threaten power plant operations and shut down major highways.

Missing moon dust returned to NASA from St. Louis

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis said Thursday that what is believed to be a portion of the stolen moon dust was retrieved from a St. Louis auction company on Friday.

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in St. Louis County

No human cases have been reported, though mosquitoes with West Nile have been found in communities ranging from Lemay in the southern part of the county to Florissant in the north. 

Urban farmers one step closer to on site produce sales

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved on Thursday a text amendment request that would allow selling produce on site if the land is in office zoning.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeks public comment on Pickard Hall radiation

The NRC will accept public comments about cleaning up the radiation at MU's Pickard Hall until July 5. In March, MU requested an extension for developing the process to clean up the radiation.

Kansas City diocese creates position to oversee sex abuse investigations

The diocese transferred responsibilities regarding sex abuse allegations to a new individual, but some say this won't change how the diocese investigates sex crimes. 

Downtown businesses petition City Council concerning Summerfest street closure

Representatives of 21 downtown businesses signed a petition saying Summerfest activities draw customers away from competing businesses. They ask that the street closure only be allowed on certain days.

PHOTO GALLERY: Camp Invention sparks creativity at Columbia Independent School

Campers are spending the week learning physics and creative problem-solving skills as they make projects out of recycled materials at Camp Invention.

Missouri law enforcement increase traffic control with HEAT

High Enforcement Action Teams will be used on Missouri highways this summer to promote safe travel. Officers will look for people who are speeding, driving without seat belts and driving while intoxicated.

Columbia School Board adopts 2011-12 budget

The Columbia School Board voted Thursday to adopt a $161.4 million budget for 2011-12.

Public hearing planned for Pickard Hall radiation cleanup

The hearing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union at MU.

Outstanding Citizen Award presented to two Columbia residents

Al and Marjo Price are recognized by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Athletics funding in Columbia high schools takes budget cut

The district will continue to cover coaches, base-level equipment and basic transportation for all sports.

Man arrested after 15-mile vehicle pursuit

Missouri Western approves 5.5% tuition increase

The 5.5 percent increase would mean $10.50 more per credit hour for in-state, undergraduate students.

UPDATE: Smuggled dust returned to NASA; no arrest made

A few dust flecks that were stolen out of Johnson Space Center years ago have been returned to their rightful place.