Columbia Fire Department rescues woman from car accident

The Columbia Fire Department rescued a woman from her car, which had driven over an embankment. The cause of the accident is still unknown.

Douglass bike class to take donations of used bikes and accessories Friday

The donated bikes will be used in the outdoor science class at Douglass High School, teaching students bike safety, mechanics and repair and providing transportation.

FROM READERS: The trailing joyride

Ginger Stringer and her friends took a bike ride from Flat Branch Park to Twin Lakes.

Michael Weiner: Steroids shouldn't keep players from Hall of Fame

Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro, two of the most prominent names from baseball's steroids era, have fallen far short of earning enough votes for the Hall despite career statistics that would otherwise have made them shoo-ins. Roger Clemens, who is eligible for Hall induction in 2013, goes on trial next week on charges he lied to Congress when he denied using steroids and human growth hormone.

Blues drop playoff series opener in overtime

Game 2 is Saturday night in St. Louis, and the Blues will be seeking their first postseason victory since 2004.

UPDATE: Missouri Senate panel endorses roughly $24B budget plan

The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee agreed on a $24 billion budget that will now move to the full Senate.

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: No launch from N. Korea; Syria calm after cease-fire

North Korea's first chance at a rocket launch passed Thursday with no word of a liftoff, Syria is mostly calm after a UN-brokered cease fire and the Afghan president may hold presidential elections a year early..

UPDATE: Missouri House panel considers 3 historical canines

The House Committee on Tourism and Natural Resources had a hearing Thursday at the Missouri Capitol to help decide which dog out of three will be named the "official state historical dog."

Report: Few states effectively track tax breaks' effect on growth

A report released Thursday showed that no states regularly study the effectiveness of all of their tax breaks. While Missouri is one of the stronger evaluators of its tax incentives, it still offered state record-high $80 million in tax breaks in 2011.

Two more cases of E. coli found in central Missouri

The cases have been found in Boone, Howard, Cooper and Camden counties. 

Missouri Senate panel expected to endorse budget plan

The Senate's budget makes a smaller cut than the House had proposed in a health care program for the blind. 

Missouri House OKs adding cellphones to No Call List

House members approved the measure 147-0, and it now moves to the Senate, where a similar measure already passed earlier this year.

Missouri House panel to consider three historical dogs

Old Drum, Jim the Wonder Dog and Seaman are competing to become Missouri's "official state historical dog." 


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans target military voters

A bill that gets rid of the absentee ballot would inconvenience the disabled and those serving in the military.

World Series of Poker $1M tourney to be richest win

A never-before-seen $1 million buy-in tournament at the World Series of Poker this year will generate the richest top prize in poker history at more than $12 million — and potentially more if additional players get in.

Federal grand jury indicts former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson

Prosecutors said Wilson knew of an illegal $5,000 contribution to the Missouri Democratic Party of which, as CEO of Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co. in 2009 and 2010, he approved payment.