Advocates seek to quintuple Missouri cigarette taxes

The American Cancer Society and a coalition of other groups filed a ballot initiative that would raise Missouri's cigarette taxes by 80 cents a pack.

Missouri education officials to pursue federal grant

The State Board of Education will seek a grant proposal that could be worth up to $60 million. Before the state can get the grant, it must develop a better plan to coordinate the early childhood education system.

Kansas regents push up Big 12 talks

After the Pac-12 decided not to expand Tuesday, the Kansas Board of Regents will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss conference realignment.

Jury awards court clerk $1M in suit against prosecutor

A southwest Missouri court clerk was awarded $1 million in a suit against a county prosecutor for malicious prosecution.

Missouri House leaders revise proposed job incentives

Republican House leaders have a revised plan that would consolidate several existing business incentives into a program called Complete Missouri.

Iran to release American hikers

After more than two years in custody, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal will be released Wednesday from prison in Iran on a bail of $500,000 each. They were arrested in 2009 while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border and were later convicted of spying, but they maintain their innocence. A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was freed last year on bail.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How states reduce prosperity while trying to create jobs

State government job creation efforts relocate jobs rather than create new ones.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Vaccine comment could harm the public

Michele Bachmann's latest false statement could put children in danger from preventable diseases and viruses.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert Saturday night in Kansas City

The Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine are giving away three pairs of tickets to the Taylor Swift concert on Saturday in Kansas City.