Federal government releases health overhaul blueprint for states

The Obama administration Monday finalized an ambitious blueprint for new state-based health insurance markets that will offer consumers one-stop shopping along the lines of

Missouri GOP caucus begins Tuesday; winners won't be definitive until June

Missouri's multi-step process for picking a presidential nominee is "confusing" and seems "inefficient" to some residents. But that won't stop others from attending local caucuses to bid for a spot in the next round of meetings at which delegates will be bound to particular candidates.

Joplin, New Orleans unlikely partners working to overcome disasters

Despite differences in location and culture, similar devastation from natural disasters has brought groups from both cities together in pursuit of the best way forward.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe sees the whole picture

Barbara Hoppe works on behalf of "genuine progress in our community," paying attention to details and the bigger picture.

Picking perfect NCAA Tournament bracket a tough numbers game

Strategies for picking winners range from flipping coins to determining who would win if the mascots fought. 

FEMA denies disaster declaration in Missouri

FEMA has denied a request to provide disaster aid to 18 counties in Missouri recently hit by violent weather. Gov. Jay Nixon said the state will continue to provide aid to those communities.

Cardinals look to Lynn as Carpenter heals from neck injury

Pitcher Lance Lynn, 24, will make his first spring training start Wednesday and is being considered for the rotation if Chris Carpenter is unable to recover from a neck injury.

MU student association seeks smoke-free campus sooner

The Missouri Students Association is asking that MU be smoke-free by January rather than 2014.

NCAA teams have extra time in tournament

Adjusting to longer timeouts during the tournament proves more difficult for small schools than it does for big ones. 

Commission approves new Missouri state Senate districts

Attempt No. 2 at creating the Missouri state Senate districts map hit the mark. A bipartisan commission voted 10-0 to approve the plan on Monday.

Joplin tornado zone faces confusion over revised Postal Service policies

The U.S. Postal Service changed their delivery methods in Joplin's most damaged areas, though they haven't been clear in communicating to those affected by the changes.

St. Louis Zoo plans to buy former hospital site

The 13.5-acre site of the former Forest Park Hospital could provide additional parking, educational space and other opportunities.

Missouri trooper expected to survive weekend shooting

The trooper was shot on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County after pulling over an SUV with four people inside. One person in the SUV was killed and a second injured.

$1 million Powerball unclaimed, ticket bought in St. Louis

The winners of the Powerball prize have until Aug. 6 to redeem it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon should warm up veto pen, kill anti-worker measures

Gov. Jay Nixon should veto the two bills the General Assembly left on the table Thursday afternoon. One bill would make it easy to discriminate against workers, while the other would make it hard for workers and their families to receive workers' compensation.

Missouri women's basketball recruit named state's Gatorade Player of the Year

Maddie Stock, a 6-foot-1 guard at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis, signed a letter of intent to play for the Missouri women's basketball team next season.

Shootings further dent Americans' support for war in Afghanistan

The killing of Americans by their Afghan hosts and of Afghans by the Americans who are supposed to help them have forced an acute examination of a war strategy that calls for Afghans to assume greater responsibility for security there.

Justice Department opposes Texas voter ID law

A photo ID requirement for voters in Texas could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of registered Hispanics, the Justice Department said Monday.

Sheepnose, spectaclecase mussels to be listed as endangered

Following an agreement reached last summer between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Center for Biological Diversity, the sheepnose and spectaclecase mussels  are going on the federal Endangered Species List.

Saints re-sign backup quarterback, former Missouri star Daniel

Chase Daniel, a former Heisman trophy finalist for the Tigers, got a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. He has been with the team since 2009.