Columbia reacts to Albert Pujols' contract agreement

There are mixed emotions, but many Columbia residents said they think the St. Louis Cardinals will be all right without the first baseman.

Boone Life: Ashland postmaster cares about the community and residents

Alisa Calvert, postmaster in Ashland, believes knowing the community and its residents is the most important role.

GUEST COMMENTARY: St. Louis keeps statue, Angels get Pujols

Although the statue of Albert Pujols remains in front of his suburban St. Louis restaurant, the slugger left St. Louis for Anaheim on Thursday. The signing makes the Angels legitimate World Series contenders and stifles the championship aspirations of the Cardinals and Marlins.

Three Rock Bridge senior soccer players earn All-State honors

Rock Bridge senior soccer players Matt Kelly, Sam Stoeckl and Kory McDonald earned spots on the 2011 Boys Class 3 All-State team.

Old Bambino's restaurant demolished

The building that used to house Bambino's restaurant has been destroyed and no decision has been made about how the land will be used in the future.

Nearly 58,000 e-books checked out through public library so far this year

The service began in January and has grown in popularity. The procedure and rules for borrowing an e-book are similar to checking out a regular book from the shelves.

Centralia churches to host live Nativity scene tours

The Nativity scene includes 65 actors and 40 volunteers along with a donkey, a sheep and cows.

Bethel Church to perform 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

The performance is described as "a funny story of what happens when the neighborhood bullies take over the church's Christmas pageant."

Jefferson City police to examine heroin problem in central Missouri

There appears to be an increase in overdoses related to heroin and opiates; the Cole County sheriff's office and the Jefferson City Police Department plan to examine data about the problem. 

Diamond found in Salvation Army kettle in Kansas

The diamond, wrapped in a balled-up piece of paper, was dropped into a kettle outside a Walmart in the Kansas City suburb of Shawnee. 

Missouri judge signals support for U.S. House redistricting map

The trial court ruling in favor of Missouri's current redrawn districts begins a legal process that could end at the Missouri Supreme Court.

St. Peters company to cut 20 percent of workforce

St. Peters-based MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. will cut about 1,300 jobs, including about 250 in the U.S., because of a weak demand in the solar energy and chip markets. 

UPDATE: Two killed in Virginia Tech shooting

According to a news release, a police officer was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop, and a second person was found dead in a nearby parking lot. Authorities are still looking for a suspect.

Police officer shot near Virginia Tech campus

A possible second victim has been reported at a nearby parking lot. Police are seeking a suspect.

Pujols, Angels agree to 10-year deal

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the 10-year deal is worth $250 million.