Missouri lieutenant governor says wages could limit Joplin rebuilding effort

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder wants to suspend the wage requirements being used to rebuild some government-financed homes after the deadly Joplin tornado.

Edwards, Stewart showdown gives NASCAR series conclusion it wanted

It's Columbia native Carl Edwards going for his first Cup title over two-time champion Tony Stewart in a battle between two NASCAR drivers who are well recognized beyond industry lines.

Man charged in three shooting deaths in Kansas City

Derek Hubbard was charged Monday with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, robbery and three counts of armed criminal action.

Locally grown food a billion-dollar business for farmers

Farm sales to local buyers have doubled in the past two decades, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, locally grown foods could generate $7 billion in sales this year.

Columbia College women's basketball team improves to 5-0

The No. 18-ranked Columbia College women's basketball team defeated Peru State University 65-49 on Monday night in Nebraska.

Judge extends ban on Missouri college's drug testing

Court records show U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey extended a temporary restraining order against Linn State Technical College last week. A hearing on the issue is set for Feb. 3.

St. Louis police chief, officers at odds over DNA samples

Police officers in St. Louis have been asked to provide DNA samples, which the department said will help eliminate unknown genetic profiles collected from crime scenes.

University of Central Missouri announces new scholarship program

An alumnus is giving the university $500,000 for undergraduates pursuing business degrees in computer information systems.

Officials urge Missouri residents to prepare for winter

Wednesday is winter weather awareness day. The National Weather Service is reminding Missouri residents to make sure they have the necessary winter supplies at home and in their cars.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Revision eases Lake of the Ozarks residents' fears

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission directed Ameren Missouri to redraw its territory around Lake of the Ozarks. Most homes are no longer considered to be plant boundaries, and the revision helps eliminate confusion among the lake property owners.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Financing a plan to rebuild Interstate 70 with tolls is innovative, sound

Tolls can be overused, but they represent a legitimate financing method for certain projects. Missouri’s de facto toll ban is counterproductive, and the innovative I-70 plan deserves serious consideration.

PedNet holds drive to help bicyclists stay warm

The PedNet Coalition will collect warm clothing to distribute to low-income Columbia residents who participated in its Earn-A-Bike program over the summer.

Cardinals introduce Matheny as La Russa's successor

The four-time Gold Glove catcher said being named the Cardinals manager is the greatest honor of his life.

Derrick Washington faces sentencing in sexual assault case

The former Missouri football running back and co-captain could face up to seven years in prison.