Fred Cervinka loved building, his family

Fred Cervinka of Ashland died Wednesday Feb. 29, 2012. He was 87 years old.

FROM READERS: Mizzou recognizes Unsung Heroes

The MU Student Union Programming Board hosts its annual Unsung Heroes Banquet.

Columbia native Simon Barrett brings 'V/H/S' thriller to True/False

Columbia native Simon Barrett brings his thriller "V/H/S" to the 2012 True/False Film Fest. Barrett said his film is unrelenting and aggressive with its compilation of fake, gory home movies found by the film's characters.

FROM READERS: Columbia Chorale to put on 'Mini-Majors: Shorter Works of Major Importance'

The Columbia Chorale will be performing a concert of short, but important, works.

MU nuclear engineering professors win Texty Award for energy textbook

The award-winning second volume textbook "Energy and Resource Systems" earned MU professors Tushar Ghosh and Mark Prelas the Texty Award. The professors said they created the book because they didn't think there was a good textbook for their energy and resource systems class.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri Traffic Crash Reports

Missouri traffic crash reports are posted online at the Missouri State Highway Patrol's website and available there for 29 days.

MU's School of Medicine receives $500K grant

The National Institutes of Health grant will help students learn how to address various social and behavioral factors that are linked to health outcomes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't cancel Branson visit

The majority of tourist attractions are still open after Wednesday's storm, and people are encouraged to visit Branson despite the recent distaster.

State attorney general warns Missouri residents about tornado scams

Attorney General Chris Koster advises people to watch out for hoaxes like charity scams and individuals posing as disaster officials.

Branson ready for tourism season despite damage

Although six theaters and 22 hotels and motels were damaged in Wednesday storm, tourists are still encouraged to visit the music hub.

Tornado victims watch for more severe weather

After twisters on Wednesday killed 13 people in four states, those living in the Midwest and South have been warned of another bout of dangerous weather expected for today.

Missouri House proposes vasectomy restriction

The legislation would only allow a man to get a vasectomy to protect him from serious injury or death.

UPDATE: Bill would allow drug felons to get food stamps

If passed, the bill would remove the state's lifetime ban on food stamps for convicted drug felons. Some officials, though, fear drug users would sell their food stamp cards to get money for more drugs.

Tornado spotted in SE Missouri; no damage reported

Several Missouri counties were under a tornado watch this morning, which came with reports of quarter-size hail.

Joplin helps Branson after Wednesday's tornado

The tornado injured dozens of people and damaged six theaters and 22 hotels and motels.

Branson tourism industry deals with soaring gas prices

Branson business owners hope historically high gas prices won't deter tourism, but will be ready to act if they continue to rise.

Homelessness on the rise in Joplin

Souls Harbor, a 30-year-old homeless shelter, has paved the way for numerous other organizations to assist Joplin's rising homeless population.

Bad economy spells end for Missouri agency helping African immigrants

Gedlu Metaferia's nonprofit has helped about 30,000 African immigrants and refugees over three decades, but it will likely be forced to close due to a lack of funding and grants.

Bill would allow drug felons to get food stamps

Missouri is currently one of nine states that gives a lifetime ban on food stamps for convicted drug felons.

McCaskill, New York senator push for end to gas price fixing investigation

The Federal Trade Commission began investigating last year if oil refineries are keeping gas prices unnecessarily high.