Clyde Ruffin receives President's Community Engagement Award

Professor Clyde Ruffin received the 2012 President's Community Engagement Award. He will be awarded $5,000 on June 20. 

Ninth Street multi-space parking meter test ends early

The City of Columbia Public Works has stopped using the two multi-space parking meters from Ninth Street from the area between Broadway and Locust Street because of technical problems and citizen complaints.

Joplin residents vote to rebuild schools damaged by tornado

Voters in Joplin approved the largest bond issue in town history Tuesday, passing a $62 million bond issue to rebuild or renovate schools that were damaged in last May's tornado.

Rock Bridge tennis sweeps Jefferson City, prepares for Hickman

Even though Rock Bridge won in a clean sweep in their first completed match of the season, coach Ben Loeb still wants his team to improve its depth.

Missouri senators step back from eliminating tenure for teachers

The Senate Education Committee chairman said he did not want to eliminate tenure on the first day of debate, but many still ask for reform.

UPDATE: Tornadoes rake Dallas area, more than a dozen hurt

Tornadoes and violent storms raked through the Dallas area, crumblinga wing of a nursing home, peeling roofs from dozens of homes and spiraling big-rig trailers into the air like footballs. More than a dozen injuries were reported.

Columbia College softball sweeps doubleheader against Lindenwood

The two victories extend the Cougars' win streak to six games.

UPDATE: Missouri House panel seeks to revise voter ID amendment

After a setback in court, the House Elections Committee is looking to rewrite the ballot summary voters will see when deciding whether Missouri residents will need to show a photo ID in order to vote.

Seniors lead Rock Bridge golfers to second at Columbia Classic

Rockhurst edged Rock Bridge 280-283 for the team title Tuesday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, but Bruins senior Will Echelmeier won individual honors.

Missouri gets $16.5 million for Joplin and flooding cleanup jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor intends for the money to be used for 2,200 temporary cleanup jobs.

UPDATE: Missouri Gov. Nixon heading to Brazil on trade trip

If successful the trip could result in the signing of a trade agreement to expand Missouri's exports to the South American country. Missouri businesses exported nearly $323 million worth of products last year to Brazil, making it the state's 10th largest international export market.

Missouri House panel backs do-over attempt on voter ID

A Missouri House committee is trying to place a photo ID requirement for voters on the 2012 ballot for the second time. The first attempt was struck down by a Cole County judge.

Recovery threatened by runaway student loan debt

With the number of college students increasing every year and tuition rates raising faster than the rate of inflation, student loan debt is at an all time high. U.S. student loan debt has surpassed credit card and auto-loan debt.

Romney wins primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney swept primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, strengthening his lead over Rick Santorum in the race for the Republican nomination.

Syrian troops begin pullout

Syrian troops began pulling out from some calm cities Tuesday, a week ahead of an international cease-fire plan deadline, a government official said. Activists near the capital Damascus denied troops were leaving their area.

Shiites and Sunnis left separate, unequal after U.S. departure

Sunnis are locked out of key jobs at universities and in government, their leaders banned from Cabinet meetings or even marked as fugitives.

French presidential candidate Hollande: 75 percent tax for the rich

French presidential candidate Francois Hollande says he would levy a 75 percent tax on anyone who makes more than €1 million ($1.33 million) a year. The idea is forcing President Nicolas Sarkozy to defend his ostentatious friendships with the rich.

Titanomania: Museum charts obsession with Titanic

A new museum soon opening in the English port city of Southampton shows how the world has reported, retold and sometimes become utterly fixated on the fateful night in April 1912 that saw the Titanic sink beneath the waves.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gubernatorial candidate's credibility at stake

Republican David Spence is losing credibility after instances of dishonesty.

Large tornadoes, damage reported in Dallas area

The National Weather Service confirmed at least two separate "large and extremely dangerous" tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.