Tillotson campaign accuses Hoppe of abusing power in fraternity house agreement

Sixth Ward candidate Bill Tillotson alleges Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe used her influence in a dispute between the East Campus Neighborhood Association and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

UPDATE: Missouri senator vows to block one-time budget funds

Missouri Sen. Jason Crowell said Wednesday that lawmakers have been patching together unsustainable budgets for years and wants a restructuring of the way Missouri spends its money.

Missouri softball team collects doubleheader sweep

The Missouri softball team swept both games of the doubleheader against Iowa on Wednesday evening at University Field. Still, Coach Earleywine expressed disappointment with the team's enthusiasm.

Shelter Insurance sues over bonds purchased for Mamtek factory

The insurance company states that the Morgan Keegan firm failed to perform due diligence when it underwrote $39 million in municipal bonds for the construction of Moberly's Mamtek sweetener factory.

UPDATE: Obama, GOP vie for upper hand on energy

President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents discuss "gas-pump politics" during the campaign.

J. KARL MILLER: Freedom of contraception choice does not mean freedom from payment

The question is not whether to deny "the right of a woman to choose to exercise contraception" but where the responsibility of cost lies.

DAVID ROSMAN: Senate resolution puts religious freedom in Missouri at risk

The Missouri Senate joint resolution to allow public funding to religious schools violates the separation of church and state.

Missouri baseball team trounced by Indiana State

The Tigers committed six errors and hit five batters with pitches, losing 15-1 to Indiana State on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium.

Off-the-charts pollen spreads allergy misery

An unusually warm winter has caused allergy season to hit parts of the South and Midwest early this year.

For engaged couples, move-in before marriage doesn't indicate divorce

In the late 1960s, only about 10 percent of U.S. couples moved in together first, and they ended up with higher divorce rates. A recent study found that engaged couples living together before the wedding were about as likely to have marriages that lasted 15 years as couples who hadn't.

Bird-watchers report unusual sightings to Great Backyard Bird Count

The fourth warmest winter on record for the continental U.S. has bird-watchers seeing birds earlier than usual or never even seeing the them leave. More than 2 million snow geese were recorded at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Missouri.

FACT CHECK: More U.S. oil drilling hasn't dropped gas prices

When you put the inflation-adjusted price of gas on the same chart as U.S. oil production since 1976, the numbers sometimes go in the same direction, sometimes in opposite directions. If drilling for more oil meant lower prices, the lines on the chart would consistently go in opposite directions.

UPDATE: Missouri House panel backs end to newspaper tax breaks

House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, sponsored the measure and said newspapers should give up their tax breaks because some have been advocating for lawmakers to eliminate other tax breaks to balance the budget.

Obama, Republican Party vie for upper hand on energy

President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are talking about gas prices as they campaign. 

Two Missouri gymnasts named to All-Big 12 Conference Team

Missouri gymnasts Mary Burke and Rachel Updike, who were added to the conference team, were among five Big 12 athletes who claimed honors in multiple events.

Warm weather creates uncertain season for gardeners, farmers

Many people have been able to plant their crops well in advance of traditional planting dates due to this season's warm weather. Some, though, fear that this ideal farming weather is not here to stay.

Rock Bridge boys tennis prepares for Rockhurst, new season

Rock Bridge boys tennis is going to have to overcome a noticeable lack of experience if they want to defend their championship title. The Bruins were hard at work despite some showers at Cosmo-Bethel Park on Wednesday.


Fourth Ward residents discuss street, pothole repairs

The seven residents who attended the meeting with the Public Works Department had the opportunity to discuss which maintenance issues are most important to them.

Rams' Coach Fisher: NFL suspension of Williams was 'warranted'

When Gregg Williams was hired as St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator in January, he was answering the call from not just a longtime associate, but one of his best friends. Coach Jeff Fisher says he had no idea Williams had been running a "bounty pool" in New Orleans.

Royals' Soria to consider options on elbow injury

Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria must decide what to do about a ligament injury in his right elbow, the same ligament he had surgery on in 2003.