Nixon vetoes bill delaying sprinkler mandate

The bill would have given group homes an extra two years to install fire sprinkler systems.

Kansas City police find more children's images on priest's computer

A search warrant indicates that police found images of a child on a computer at the residence of a priest facing charges of three counts of possessing child pornography.

Joplin's Missouri Southern State University faces no penalty for tuition increase

David Russell, the state commissioner of higher education, said the nearly 10 percent increase won't be penalized because of the need for Joplin to recover from the May 22 tornado.

Economic recovery turns two

The recovery from the Great Recession has been longer and tougher than any recent recession.

Nixon announces $2 million grant for Joplin trauma center

The money will go toward the Joplin Child Trauma Treatment Center, which will focus on training personnel to identify children experiencing trauma. Six organizations are partnering to launch the center.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District weighs flood prevention options

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is considering how to address flooding issues in the area.

DAVID ROSMAN: July Fourth is about hope for the future

We have survived wars, financial crises, periods of great unemployment and moral crises before, and we will again.

City passes new feral cat ordinance addressing caretakers

The ordinance will make feeding or harboring feral cats in Columbia more expensive.

Task force recommends options for paying for road repairs

The City Council heard a report that suggested increasing taxes and adding new fees in order to deal with the lack of funding for the building and maintaining city roads.

COLUMN: Prisoner benefits — a law-abiding citizens' dilemma

Is it fair when our nation's prisoners are receiving more benefits than its law-abiding citizens?

Scientist questions flood benefits of public lands along Missouri River

Conservation areas along the Missouri River, long considered important in countering the impact of flooding, might not play that important of a role after all.

Missouri coach leads USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to 3-0

Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson coached the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a 3-0 record over Independence Day weekend. The team is currently 9-1.

Missouri baseball player selected for California Collegiate League All-Star Game

Sophomore outfielder Blake Brown will play in the 2011 California Collegiate League All-Star Game July 13 in Glendale, Calif. He is playing this summer with the Santa Barbara Foresters.

Former Missouri baseball player selected for MLB All-Star Game

Aaron Crow will represent the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game July 12. This is the second straight year a Missouri player was chosen.

ROSE NOLEN: Independence Day brings memories of great community events

Reflecting on the July 4 celebrations of yesteryear and looking toward those of the future.

Army Corps of Engineers sent land acquisition letters to Missouri landowners

A corps spokesman called the timing of the letter a coincidence and a mistake. The letters said the corps has the "authority to acquire land" in the Missouri River basin.

City Council approves proposed crosswalk construction on Providence

The pedestrian overpass in front of Douglass High School will be replaced with a landscaped median, crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

Curtain falls on Missouri Film Office; future for tax credits looks bleak

Gov. Jay Nixon followed through with the long-held plan to close the Missouri Film Office. Missouri's filmmaking community remains concerned about the fate of the industry and the loss of potential revenue.

PHOTO GALLERY: Harvesting wheat at Ravenswood farm

Ravenswood farm harvested its 42 acres of wheat Wednesday and Thursday of the past week.

UPDATE: MU researchers drown in Branson hotel pool

The couple was discovered at a Branson hotel swimming pool. People on the scene and EMTs tried to revive them using CPR. Police found no signs of foul play.