GUEST COMMENTARY: MU's coal plant pollutes communities from Columbia to southern Illinois

Considering the legitimate negative effects of burning coal on campus, MU needs to find clean energy solutions that will benefit the school and the community. 

Church service finds niche between traditional and contemporary worship

Through popular music, worship activities and conversation, The Altar at Olivet Christian Church looks to engage worshippers in new ways.

Chiefs go with Memphis DT Dontari Poe

The Chiefs used the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft to take a mammoth run stuffer whose raw ability and impressive numbers from the scouting combine trumped his modest on-field production in college.

Rams trade down, take DT Brockers in first round

The St. Louis Rams expect to address their most pressing need, wide receiver, on Day 2 of this year's NFL Draft.

Town hall meeting about underage drinking discusses causes, solutions

Students, law enforcement and other community members met Thursday night to talk about the dangers of underage drinking and ways to prevent it.

Robert Smith receives award for outstanding volunteer service to Columbia

Former mayor and state Rep. Robert C. Smith has been selected to receive the fourth annual Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for outstanding volunteer service to the city of Columbia.

$1 million gift given to MU Center for the Study of Organizational Change

The donation will create the Allcorn Doctoral Fellowship, a permanent endowment, for doctoral students in the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs.

GRAPHIC: Attainment of high school diplomas and bachelor's degrees

The level of education pays a huge part in determining a person's success in the labor market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that, in 2011, those with a professional degree other than a doctorate or master's had the lowest unemployment rate, at 2.4 percent, and the highest median pay, at $1,665 per week.

Missouri Senate endorses changes to judge selection

Missouri senators have endorsed changes in the procedure for nominating candidates for the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Hospital Drive to undergo summer reconstruction

The construction will improve safety precautions and traffic flow. The work will be done in four phases, keeping the hospital and garages on Hospital Drive accessible. 

Third person charged in St. Louis hospital abduction case

Heather Minton has been charged with kidnapping, interfering with custody and endangering the welfare of a child.

Missouri lawmakers aim to prevent Mamtek-like failures

Missouri's House passed a bill Thursday that would require state and local officials to share information about companies seeking aid for economic development projects. The legislation is a response to the collapse of an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly last year.


Missouri judge upholds minimum wage ballot summary

The proposed ballot initiative would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, with an annual adjustment for inflation.

FROM READERS: Blue jays on parade

John Hall shares pictures of blue jays in his backyard.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Child care needs support through tax amnesty

House members have proposed a taxpayer amnesty bill that might generate $70 million – more than enough to support child care and other services for children. Senators should get behind this idea, or they should accept the responsibility to propose a tax increase.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Challenged by judges, state auditor punts on responsibility

As judge after judge overturn fiscal notes for proposed voter-intiative petitions, it has made State Auditor Tom Schweich's job difficult, but not impossible.

Political battle over student loans heating up

Democrats and Republicans alike say they want to prevent the cost of federal loans from ballooning for millions of student, but each side wants to force the other to take politically uncomfortable votes.

Meteorites found in California along path of fireball

Experts say the flaming meteor over northern California and Nevada was probably about the size of a minivan when it entered the Earth's atmosphere with a loud boom and about one-third of the explosive force of the atomic bomb.

Franklin County killing spurs manhunt for boyfriend

The man was last seen running toward Interstate 44. Police used dogs and helicopters as part of the search.

Joplin invites techies to help create new website

The city of Joplin is holding a "hackathon" to develop a website that better provides residents with emergency management information.