UPDATE: Missouri auditor to appeal ruling on tax initiative

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich said he will appeal recent Cole County Circuit Court's ruling on the initiative that seeks to replace state's income tax with an expanded sales tax. 

Quarterly spending by candidates for Missouri offices released

One Republican candidate for the state Senate, John Brunner, has contributed more money to his own campaign than he's raised in contributions.

Reps. Carnahan, Clay both report more than $400,000

Congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay are both running in the 1st Congressional District, and both congressmen report similar financial footing.

Missouri National Guard captain's career in limbo

Missouri National Guard Capt. Charity Summers, of Columbia, is under military investigation after being cleared in a civilian investigation. The Guard refused her request to accept a civilian job.

Warnings credited for saving lives in Midwest tornado outbreak

Some think the dire language used in the tornado warnings contributed to people taking cover, but officials are weary to overuse such strongly-worded warnings in fear of desensitization.


BCS buster: Alabama's crystal ball shattered

The crystal football Alabama won for beating LSU in the BCS championship game in January — valued at $30,000 — was shattered on A-Day when it was accidentally knocked off a display by the father of a current player. The school is working on acquiring a replacement.

Pulitzer prize winners announced

The Pulitzers are given out by Columbia University, and each award carries a $10,000 prize except for the public service award, which is a gold medal.

Newt Gingrich's finger nibbled by penguin at St. Louis Zoo

During a behind-the-scenes visit to the zoo, a penguin bit Newt Gingrich on the finger.

Missouri auditor to appeal ruling on tax initiative

A Missouri auditor plans to appeal the ruling made last week by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce. The ruling strikes down the financial estimate for a ballot initiative that would repeal Missouri's income tax in favor of an expanded sales tax.

Missouri senator seeks to expand work 'misconduct' rule

The bill would expand the definition of what employee misconduct can disqualify people from receiving unemployment benefits.

Candidates for Missouri offices must file finance reports Monday

The reporting period ended four days after the deadline to file for office in the state.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pave the way for new transportation bill

A divided Congress cannot agree on how to improve the nation's transportation program.

Virginia Tech marks five years since campus massacre

The university is holding class on the anniversary of the shooting for the first time but is honoring the 32 who were killed in other ways.

Ferguson evidentiary hearing to focus on recanted testimonies

After being postponed for nearly six months, testimony began Monday in Ryan Ferguson’s evidentiary hearing for a new trial after his 2005 conviction in the 2001 killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.