FROM READERS: Photos from Tiger Battalion's "Dining Out" banquet

Clyde Bentley shares his photos from the University of Missouri Reserve Officers' Training Corps annual "Dining Out" banquet. 

Marcelyn "Kay" Lewis worked for state Revenue Department, enjoyed Luther Vandross and helping others

Ms. Lewis of Jefferson City was born in Columbia, and she graduated from Hickman High School in 1967. She was devoted to the service of others.

FROM READERS: Around the yard

John Hall shares photographs of peonies, yellow roses and irises blooming in his backyard.

Marcelyn "Kay" Lewis, 1949-2012

Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson discloses campaign donations

Wilson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor federal charge of misusing funds for two campaign contributions.

Missouri bill targets discussion of sexual orientation in public schools

The bill would prohibit teaching, extracurricular activities or materials that discuss sexual orientation.

Mather lifts Cubs over Cardinals

The Cardinals lost in the ninth on Jason Mather's two-run single.

Blue Jays hand Royals 11th straight loss

The Blue Jays improved to 6-1 with a win over the Royals, who they beat 4-1.

Arkansas hires John L. Smith as interim football coach

Following the firing of Bobby Petrino, the Razorbacks have hired the former assistant coach as the new head of their football program.

Westminster College announces Arizona branch campus

Westminster plans to begin holding classes in the city of Mesa in 2013. The Mesa City Council is to vote Thursday on allowing negotiations for a lease on the former City Court building.

Chiefs look to fill holes along line in draft

The Chiefs have the No. 11 selection in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Two agencies facing a very bad hangover

The scandals involving the General Services Administration and the Secret Service raise serious concerns.

Romney backs student loan proposal Obama supports

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday embraced a student loan proposal that President Barack Obama is selling on the campaign trail.

Europe's debt fix falters, rattling financial markets

Europe's plan to fix its debt crisis by imposing budget cuts frayed Monday, and heavy selling rocked financial markets.

Social Security heading for insolvency even faster, government says

Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the program.

Missouri Botanical Garden, other institutions to catalog world's plants

Four botanical gardens are working together to create the World Flora, a catalog of every plant on the globe. The plans are in part to help halt the loss of plant biodiversity around the world. 

Missing Missouri mom's husband charged with murder

Clay Waller was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, even though her body has not been found. He was also charged with tampering with evidence.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri can't afford to leave $400 million on the table

The Missouri General Assembly needs to reconsider costly tax code luxuries in order to make up for the state's nearly $500 million budget shortfall.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Building nuclear reactors would benefit Missouri

Two companies announced a bid for federal energy funds to build small nuclear reactors, and the potential for energy, jobs and development is impossible to ignore.


Marine's items stolen during stop at Gateway Arch

Sgt. Ethan Stoeckel's uniforms, medals and a specially-made patch depicting Stoeckel with his best friend were among the stolen items.