Officials caution against reliance on tornado sirens

Missouri officials say tornado sirens may not always work correctly and can be hard to hear inside. They're not meant to be the only warning system.

An updated list of the 138 people who died in the Joplin tornado

State officials say they have confirmed, either as located or deceased, every individual who was reported unaccounted-for in the wake of last week’s tornado.

Death toll from Joplin tornado now 138

 The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced the increase from 134 to 138 on Thursday after confirming that four more people died in hospitals of injuries suffered in deadliest single U.S. tornado since 1950.


Big 12 sets new format for basketball tournaments

The Big 12 Conference spent several months studying various possibilities before adopting a new plan for its men's and women's basketball tournaments at its annual meetings on Thursday.

Missouri closes two beaches for high bacteria, reopens three others

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is closing two beaches at Mark Twain and Harry S Truman state parks.

Snow melting, dams filling, floods feared in West

Missouri officials to discuss flood preparation

With flooding likely along the Missouri River, Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials were heading to St. Joseph on Thursday to discuss preparations.

More struggles for Missouri's Long at NCAA men's golf championship

Jace Long's back-nine woes continued Thursday in the final round of the NCAA men's golf championship.

Boone County Sheriff's Department warns residents of asphalt scam

The Missouri Attorney General's Office reported several incidents of asphalt scams, and the Boone County Sheriff's Department is urging residents to avoid unsolicited offers from home improvement salespeople.

Tractor-trailer driver issued summons in U.S. 63 accident

The summons was issued for careless and imprudent driving in Wednesday's accident, which sent seven people to the hospital, a state official said.

Elk released from their pen at Peck Ranch Conservation Area

The Missouri Department of Conservation has fitted the elk, including five newborns, with GPS radio collars, which they hope will help track the herd's movement and survival rates and aid in building population models.

Deadly tornadoes shock Massachusetts; 200 people injured

 The storms wreaked damage in a string of 18 cities and villages across central and western Massachusetts.

Van Matre appointed to UM System Board of Curators

Gov. Nixon appointed Craig Van Matre to the UM Board of Curators on Thursday. Van Matre, president of a Columbia law firm, will begin his term immediately.

'Gator' meant to keep children away fools police officers

Lawn ornament alligator draws officers' rifles in Independence

Missouri attorney general to open mortgage-help office in Joplin

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will open an office in Joplin next week to provide mortgage counseling to people whose homes were destroyed by the tornado.

Columbia to host youth lacrosse tournament

As lacrosse's popularity grows in mid-Missouri, teams from Kansas City and St. Louis will travel to Columbia on Saturday to take part in Columbia's first youth lacrosse tournament.

COLUMN: Amid conflicting reports, here's what should we eat to avoid obesity

Nowadays, what's OK to eat this week might not be OK next week. Maybe we should be eating foods our grandparents ate.

Former suspect in 1990 Chillicothe murder refuses to testify

An appeals hearing this week in Columbia is addressing the 1995 conviction of Mark Woodworth.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'China Hub' plan for Lambert should be funded privately, not from tax dollars

Private investors, not taxpayers, should not be responsible for footing the bill to create a "Midwest China Hub" for Lambert–St. Louis International Airport.

Restaurant group sues IHOP ministry in Missouri

The International House of Pancakes is again suing a Missouri ministry that calls itself the International House of Prayer.