Ryan Lee Lewis, December 11, 1977 — April 22, 2012, of Ashland

Ryan Lee Lewis was known for his loyalty to his family as well as his ability to make people laugh.

Prescription Drug Take-Back event set for Friday, Saturday

The fourth national event will take place Friday and Saturday at eight different sites around Columbia and surrounding towns.

FROM READERS: Bird watching with John Hall

John Hall, who frequently photographs mid-Missouri and shares photographs with the Missourian, describes his process for photographing various birds on a spring day.

FROM READERS: Internship program gives college student opportunity to run painting business

Ryan Siegel is a college student interning with College Work Painting, a program that gives participants the opportunity to run their own painting business. 

FROM READERS: Qigong Grandmaster to present at MU

Qigong Grandmaster Dr. Effie Chow will speak in Columbia on May 4 in Allen Auditorium on the MU campus. 

Cardinals blow save, lose to Cubs in 10th inning

The loss ends St. Louis' run of 13 consecutive series wins, which includes both this season and last.


UPDATE: Missouri Senate backs pay raise for state employees

The Senate voted to defeat an amendment that would have stripped a 2 percent pay raise out of the proposed budget for the net fiscal year.

Cleveland Indians hand Kansas City Royals 12th consecutive loss

The Royals have been outscored 73-44 during the streak — the team's third-longest losing streak in its history.

UPDATE: Endangered American burying beetle to be reintroduced to Missouri prairie

The beetles will be released in the Wah'Kon-tah Prairie in Southwest Missouri in June.  The beetles have not been found in the state for over 30 years.

Stephens softball sweeps doubleheader from Principia

The Stars won the first game 8-5 and won the second game 9-1 on Tuesday at Stephens.

Missouri lawmakers approve additional $131M for budget

The Missouri General Assembly has approved a $131 million annual supplement to the state budget.

St. Louis Rams have top draft picks to fill roster holes

The Rams have three of the top 39 picks in the draft after a blockbuster deal with the Redskins during this offseason.

With Peyton Manning drama in past, Chiefs' Matt Cassel focuses on future

The Kansas City Chiefs' veteran quarterback knew his team's front office was actively involved in the Manning sweepstakes this offseason. But he understood, and refused to mope about the prospect of losing his job.

Missouri House approves incentives aimed at attracting large projects

The Missouri House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday that would allow local officials to issue special obligation bonds to help pay for major state projects.


Pay raise for state employees an issue in Missouri Senate budget stalemate

Missouri ranks last in average salary for state employees, but some state senators are still balking at a pay raise. The raise is the same mount as a recent cut to a program for aid to the blind.

Proposed bill would ease rules on radioactive shipments in Missouri

Critics say the change could be a risk to public health, while supporters argue the radioactive material cobalt-60 is already inspected at the Canadian border.

Politicians debate how to react towards Secret Service prostitution scandal

Politicians in Washington, D.C., are mulling over how best to investigate the claim that Secret Service officers hired Colombian prostitutes prior to President Obama's recent visit to the country.

Murdoch testimony spotlights UK Olympics minister

The News Corp. executives testimony brought into question Olympic czar Jeremy Hunt's ethical involvement with Murdoch's deal to take over British Sky Broadcasting and special favors relating to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's initiative petition process an exercise in frustration

With an excess of frivolous petition filings and court challenges concerning them, legislative action is needed to speed up the process.

Plans set for reintroducing colorful beetle to Missouri

The St. Louis Zoo plans to reintroduce up to 600 American burying beetles in June.