Ticks, mosquitoes already showing up in Missouri after warm winter, spring

Active mosquito larvae and ticks have already been spotted in St. Louis County and because of the warm early spring, they have a better chance of surviving into the summer. 

Tornadoes raise home insurance rates in Missouri

After the Joplin tornado and other ones that caused damage, premiums increased 5 percent between July 2011 and this March, according to Missouri's Department of Insurance.

Missouri gubernatorial candidate tied to troubled bank

With every move Spence makes in Missouri's 2012 governor's race, Democrats have countered by highlighting his connections to Reliance Bancshares Inc., which has yet to repay a penny of its federal bailout money. Spence said he was making an effort, in good faith, to help the financially strapped bank recover.

New, impact-based tornado warnings aim to scare

In a test that starts Monday, five weather service offices in Kansas and Missouri will use words such as "mass devastation," ''unsurvivable" and "catastrophic" in a new kind of warning that's based on the severity of a storm's expected impact.

'Military friendly' college lists prompt concerns, mislead veterans

Websites and magazines claiming to have put together lists of colleges and universities that are military and veteran friendly are misleading the public by not disclosing that they are often paid by the institutions they highlight.


Weighing the costs and benefits of a college education

More than 30 percent of Americans have bachelor's degrees, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. But what is the value of that degree in today's (and tomorrow's) economy?

A love story (and a rant) from Sedalia

Ask Matt LaCasse about the idea of opportunity as the American Dream, and you'll get an earful.

Missouri echoes the nation's religious views

I grew up in southwest Missouri, and was always very aware that I was living in the Bible Belt. So it surprised me to learn that, far from being distinct, Missouri is actually a pretty good representation of the country as far as religion goes.

Large fire heavily damages Business Loop 70 strip mall, closes roads

The strip mall at Garth Avenue and Business Loop 70 West includes O'Reilly Auto Parts, Sami's Beauty Supply, Adam's Barber Shop, Hong Kong Restaurant and Dollar General. All businesses were closed when the fire began and there have been no injuries.