Chong Mi "Anna" Sin, March 28, 1956 — April 7, 2012, of Columbia

Chong Mi "Anna" Sin of Columbia died Saturday, April 7. She was 56 years old.

Ruby May (Binder) Howell, 67, of Columbia, died April 9, 2012

Ruby May (Binder) Howell of Columbia died Monday, April 9, 2012. She was 67 years old.

FROM READERS: On Easter Eve, irises bloom

On the day before Easter, reader John Hall saw his irises come to life.

Columbia to see a frosty Wednesday morning

The temperatures are expected to go below freezing early Wednesday morning in Columbia. The low temperatures might result in patchy frost.

Columbia College shuts out Stephens College in doubleheader games

Columbia College shut out Stephens College in both games of their doubleheader — 12-0 and 2-0 — at American Legion Field on Tuesday.

Missouri Senate restores blind health care funding with increased premiums

Missouri residents who are blind could have to start paying premiums of more than $100 monthly to remain eligible for state health care coverage. 

Missouri House members endorse initiative petition proposal

The measure would require supporters of initiative petitions to collect signatures in all of the state's congressional districts to get proposals on a statewide ballot.

Missouri Gov. Nixon restores public education budget cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration said Tuesday it is providing $5 million for transportation assistance at K-12 schools and reversing cuts to scholarship programs.

Five in Missouri reported ill from E. coli

The source of the bacteria hasn't been determined, but three patients reported drinking raw dairy products.

Columbia College athletic director named to NABC board

The Cougars' Bob Burchard is the first member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon releases education funding for busing assistance

About $5 million will be restored to K-12 public education transportation thanks to record lottery sales due to the recent record-setting Mega Millions jackpot.

Three players granted release from Missouri women's basketball team

Sophomores Maggie Flynn, Tori Niemann and Paige Spietz were all granted their release from the team.

Missouri lawmakers push to allow digital billboards

A bill endorsed by a House committee would allow for the conversion of conventional billboards into electronic signs if the billboards met state and federal rules when they were first put up.

COLUMN: Bubba Watson 'Dreamed about it. Never made the putt.'

The newest Masters champion isn't much for subtlety. Bubba Watson has never taken a lesson or watched his quirky southpaw swing on video, and he can barely putt. Watson arrived ranked 152nd out of 185 players on the PGA Tour and not surprising, he finished tied for 37th in that department here, needing 10 more strokes on Augusta National's slick, contoured greens than Louis Oosthuizen, the guy he beat in a playoff. But nobody anywhere hits it farther. Or so relishes the adventures that begin every time he hunts down one of those wayward drives in the trees — which is often.

Goodell upholds penalties in Saints bounty case

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rejected on Monday an appeal of coach Sean Payton's season-long suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty system, clearing the way for New Orleans to turn its focus on who should take Payton's place.

Santorum drops out, clearing the way for Romney

Romney's path to the Republican Party presidential nomination is now clear, as Santorum, his primary challenger, dropped out of the race Tuesday. The Obama re-election campaign, in turn, has begun to focus on attacking the former Massachusetts governor.

Syria defies cease-fire plan as peace hopes fade

Syrian troops launched fresh attacks on rebellious areas, despite the U.N.-brokered cease-fire. 

Spain town nixes pot-growing plan to pay off debt

The town would have garnered about $1.7 million and created 40 jobs if the referendum had passed.

Court: UK can extradite five terror suspects to U.S.

Europe's human rights court ruled Thursday that Britain can send a radical Muslim cleric and four other suspects to the United States to face terrorism charges.

China ousts top politician, accuses wife of murder

Bo Xilai was removed from top government posts on suspicion of involvement in unspecified but "serious discipline violations," the Central Committee said