MYMISSOURIAN: Hickman journalism students share their stories

Here's what you've been writing this week at, the arm of the Missourian dedicated to community members telling their own stories.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri charity records

The Attorney General's website lets you check on Missouri charities to see how much of your contribution goes to charitable purposes and how much goes toward administrative and fundraising costs. 

Penn State scandal prompts senator to tweak Missouri's child abuse law

The child sexual abuse case at Penn State prompted Missouri legislators to make a minor change to the mandatory reporting law.

Earth-like planet found in Goldilocks zone for life

NASA has announced the discovery of planet Kepler-22b, which is like Earth in many ways and could be habitable. The planet orbits a similar sun, has a 290-day year and has a surface temperature of about 72 degrees.

Hickman girls basketball advances to second round of tournament

The Kewpies defeated the Blue Springs junior varsity team 50-23 on Monday night at Blue Springs South High School. They will play again at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Yakov Smirnoff to have final season in Branson

He plans to tour the U.S. in 2013 with his stand-up comedy show.

Hearing scheduled for Columbia man in sex abuse case

Jared Mohler, who was charged with sexually abusing young relatives three decades ago, was scheduled for a hearing Monday.

Southeast Missouri faces risk of flooding along Birds Point Floodway

The Army Corps of Engineers is expecting more flooding along the Birds Point Floodway in the near future.

Five Columbia high school soccer players named to All-Region team

Four boys soccer players from Rock Bridge and one from Hickman earned spots on the 2011 Boys Class 3 Central Region team.

First-class mail will slow even more by next spring

As a part of $3 billion budget cut aimed at helping U.S. Postal Service bankruptcy, more than 250 processing centers and nearly 30,000 jobs will be eliminated. This would virtually eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to introduce shorter bans on gambling

Protecting more people when they are most at risk is a strong incentive for changing the program. And the ban still would be for five years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Panel on state employee salaries needs more time

The legislative committee in charge is "navigating the maze successfully so far," as the "prolonged economic downturn does not allow Missouri to raise employee pay in a single, sweeping move." Gov. Jay Nixon's panel-endorsed budget increase of 2 percent begins July 1. 

Missouri paving company can no longer do business in Kansas

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Missouri-based Quality Road Construction violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.