Hickman girls basketball beats Waynesville in season opener

The Hickman High School girls basketball team defeated Waynesville High School 38-25 Thursday night.

Insurers pay out $1.13 billion for Joplin tornado damage

Insurance department director John Huff called the tornado "the largest insurance event in history."

Food banks worry about rising peanut butter prices

Peanut butter prices are up, but donations are down, and that makes it harder for food banks to get and distribute the child-friendly, family-favorite source of protein. 

Black Friday, Cyber Monday not the only sale-boosting names anymore

With the holiday shopping season underway, retailers are coming up with other names for days, such as Green Tuesdays, Pink and Blue Fridays and Small Business Saturday. 

'Christmas Lady' helps eastern Missouri nursing home residents

Dorothy Lee of St. Francois County sees to it that every nursing home resident in her area has a Christmas gift.

English breaks career records in Missouri men's basketball's victory against Binghamton

In Missouri's 88-59 victory against Binghamton, senior forward Kim English broke career highs for points scored and 3-pointers made in a game.

Missouri football ranked No. 25 in latest BCS standings

Missouri, which beat Kansas 24-10 on Saturday to end the regular season with a 7-5 record, is No. 25 in the BCS standings.

Missouri volleyball team in NCAA tournament for second straight season

The Missouri volleyball team is in the NCAA tournament for the 10th time in the past 12 seasons.

Missouri student talks about experience in custody in Cairo

Derrik Sweeney, a 19-year-old Georgetown University student from Jefferson City, is one of three American students who were arrested during protests in Cairo, held for several days and released two days ago. Their ordeal included being beaten, threatened with guns and forced to be still in the dark for hours.

J. KARL MILLER: Handicapping the 2012 election on the GOP front

There is no clear favorite Republican candidate to win GOP nod for the upcoming 2012 election.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tolls the best way to fund highway projects in Missouri

Tolls or fuel taxes are the best options to pay for highways.

ROSE NOLEN: I always thought my friend Gloria had everything, but I was wrong

I’ve always wondered why some women are willing to pay money to look like someone else.

Apple Tree Court apartment fire damage estimated at $10,000

A bedroom fire caused $10,000 damage to an apartment in south Columbia early Sunday morning.

Rock Bridge drummer marches to the beat of his own music

Rock Bridge senior drummer Shaun Gladney plays music and also composes it.

Big expansion, big questions for Teach for America

Some Teach for America teachers said they don't feel like they are qualified to teach after their training.

Loan aversion might put students at risk of not graduating

Fewer students are borrowing money to attend college, taking other measures to save money. However, those measures — such as working longer hours at jobs, taking fewer credits and attending less selective schools with lower prices — have been shown to make students less likely to graduate.

New Roman Catholic Mass translation launches in American parishes

Roman Catholics are having to adjust to a change in the English translation of Roman Catholic Mass.

Medicare's drug coverage gap shrinks, helping those with high costs

Medicare currently helps with spending up to $2,840, then catastrophic coverage starts when spending reaches $6,440. Seniors are on their own for the $3,600 in between, known as the "doughnut hole." However, that gap is shrinking about 40 percent, according to new Medicare figures.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: How reasonable voices are obliterated by extremists in politics

People from both ends of the political spectrum have been expressing extreme ideas, and the seeming lack of reasonableness could lead to a difficult election season.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Thank you for shopping this holiday season

With more than 226 million people turning out to shop over the weekend, the economy got a bit of the boost it needs, the Springfield News-Leader says.