UPDATE: Nixon tours tornado damage in Rolla area

Storms that hit Friday afternoon have killed four Missouri residents in the St. Louis and Rolla areas.

Families, volunteers enjoy First Night

The annual celebration featured family-friendly activities at multiple downtown venues.

Ed Robb sworn in as presiding commissioner

Despite a health emergency Wednesday, Ed Robb was sworn in as Presiding Commissioner of Boone County at the ceremony Jan. 1. "When I say I'm very happy to be here, I really mean it," Robb said.

Foster care reimbursement rates in Missouri among lowest in US

A 2007 study shows that foster care reimbursement rates in Missouri rank 48th in the U.S. Three years later, not much has changed.

Missouri school districts prepare for state budget cuts

To avoid increasing class size, some districts have eliminated buses this year for several hundred students who had been riding them, cut back on building cleaning and required employees to contribute more for their health insurance.

2010's world gone wild: Quakes, floods, blizzards

Disasters caused $222 billion in economic losses in 2010 — more than Hong Kong's economy — according to Swiss Re. That's more than usual, but not a record, said Andreas Schraft, vice president of catastrophic perils for Swiss Re. That's because this year's disasters often struck poor areas without heavy insurance, such as Haiti.

ANALYSIS: Images of 2010, gobbled up by a nation of watchers

We no longer simply receive imagery. We pursue it, and we produce it, too. But changes in how we receive and process news of the day are forcing us to make sense of what we're really looking for.