Thomas and Taylor help Team USA softall team win Pan American Games

The United States National Softball Team won the gold medal at the Pan American Games with an 11-1 four-inning victory over Canada on Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Obama offers mortgage relief on Western trip

The president proposed his latest policy — mortgage relief — to help troubled homeowners. The administration had estimated that the program would help 4 million to 5 million homeowners.

Missouri House leader joins secretary of state race

After Robin Carnahan announced that she would not seek a third term as secretary of state, three candidates including Republican Scott Rupp and Bill stouffer started running for the position, as well as Democratic Rep. Jason Kander.

Missouri House leader joins secretary of state race

Already running are Republicans Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer and Democrat Jason Kander.

Chinese sponsors seek to pull out of Missouri State program

Negative publicity about the university's executive MBA program has reached China, and some of the sponsors don't want to be associated with it anymore. 

Former Sedalia man to receive presidential award

André Taylor, a 1991 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, now works at Yale. He is among 94 scholars nationwide to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineers.

Low turnout in Cape Girardeau for Quran-burning pastor

Only 15 people showed up at a rally featuring the Rev. Terry Jones, who burned the Quran earlier this year. The meeting room was set up for 500.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wildlife laws need to have more teeth

Wild animals, regardless of where they are, require special handling.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Death of Gadhafi is satisfying end to reign of terror

Even though people are skeptical about America's intervention in Libya, as long as we are not putting our troops at risk, the ending will justify the president's decision.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nation turns its lonely eyes to MLB tobacco chewers

Major League Baseball wants to ban smokeless tobacco, which used to be available free in big-league clubhouses. But the players union thinks it is a matter of individual choice.

Texas earns 4-2 victory over Cardinals and 3-2 World Series lead

The Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. Game 6 of the World Series is set for Wednesday in St. Louis.

UPDATE: Missouri reaches $4.4 billion trade agreement with China

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said the deal would boost Missouri exports to China by more than $1 billion over three years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cardinals fall to Rangers in Game 4 of World Series

The Texas Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in Game 4 of the World Series to even the series at 2-2.

Missouri reaches $4.4 billion trade agreement with China

The deal, which includes an emphasis on selling agricultural products, will increase Missouri's exports to China by more than $1 billion from 2012 to 2014.