Autism research may be about to bear fruit

Researchers predict that within the next few years the causes of autism may be more clear.

5 reasons the US job market might be weakening

While jobs numbers usually bounce around from month to month, experts argue there are several reasons to worry about the current job market.

UPDATE: Facebook buying photo-share app Instagram for $1 billion

Facebook said it plans to keep Instagram running independently and will still allow users to keep their pictures off Facebook and post to other social networks, including Twitter.

Missouri's extended jobless benefits program ends

Missouri's extended benefits program, which provides payments to unemployed workers whose state and federal benefits have been exhausted, has ended because the state's jobless rate has declined.

Columbia College softball batters Missouri Baptist

The Cougars had 25 hits in a doubleheader sweep Monday at Missouri Baptist.

Study: White-nose syndrome in bats came from Europe

The disease that leaves the telltale trace of white powder on the noses of bats and scars on their wings has been traced to Europe. While European bats have not died off en masse, more than 5.7 million bats in North America have died due to white-nose syndrome.

Missouri House panel to consider workplace discrimination legislation

House Republicans are working to find a way around Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the workplace discrimination measure.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax Freedom Day — Liberating or aggravating?

Tax Freedom Day marks the day of the year when the public has collectively earned enough money to pay all taxes due.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Supreme Court votes to allow strip searches

The court ruled that individuals of any criminal background arrested for any reason could be subject to strip searches by jail personnel.

Hickman golfers take ninth at Smith-Cotton Classic

The Kewpies boys golf team placed ninth out of 22 teams Monday at the Smith-Cotton Classic at the Sedalia Country Club.

Baylor under investigation for exceeding texts, calls to prospects

Baylor said Monday it has been involved in a three-year investigation with the NCAA into what are believed to be hundreds of impermissible phone calls and text messages sent by coaches to young prospects.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson declares for NBA draft

The brawny Kansas forward who overcame personal tragedy to lead his team to a national runner-up finish this season will forgo his senior year to play in the NBA.

Trayvon Martin death won't go to Florida grand jury

The special prosecutor assigned to the case will continue to investigate the case, and skipping the grand jury should not be considered a factor in the decision to file charges against George Zimmerman.

'Bells of Peace' carillon moved to troubled Kansas City neighborhood

The carillon originally was used at the Liberty Memorial. Now, those who brought it to St. Therese Little Flower Parish church hope it can bring peace to their neighborhood.

Missouri House backs expanding Amber Alert to warn of fugitives

A bill moving through the Legislature would allow an Amber Alert to be issued for any person who flees after assaulting or injuring a law enforcement officer.

Missouri Lottery sets record for monthly payment to public schools

More than $30 million was transferred to public schools from March ticket sales.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sex offender registry can be more useful

The purpose of the registry is for notification and not additional punishment of the offenders by the public.

Missouri contractor pleads guilty to defrauding disabled veterans program

A Kansas City-area contractor pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government program meant to steer projects to companies owned by disabled veterans. Warren Parker admitted to falsely claiming to be a disabled veteran and faces up to 30 years in prison.

Fake police officers break into St. Louis County home

Authorities are looking for police impersonators who kicked down the door of a Ferguson home and stole items inside. No one was hurt in the home invasion.

Missouri litter costs around $6 million annually

The Department of Conservation spends about $1 million a year picking up litter in Missouri's forests, conservation areas and river access.