FROM READERS: Lunch in the Park program needs volunteers

The program, which serves nutritional lunches to children in Douglass Park each summer, began in 2001 and provides approximately 4,000 meals each year.

Chen gets first win of season, Royals beat Red Sox

Bruce Chen picked up his first victory of the season, Alcides Escobar drove in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals held off the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Wednesday night.

MULTIMEDIA: For one student, community makes sustainability possible

Sustainahouse resident Claire Friedrichsen finds the community and accountability she gets from living with five other students who share a common goal allows her to live sustainably.

Obama voices his support for gay marriage

Ending months of equivocation, President Barack Obama declared his support for gay marriage Wednesday.

Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony

In 1846, Dred Scott sued for his freedom from slavery in St. Louis and an 1857 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case pushed the U.S. closer to the Civil War. He was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Wednesday.

Orangutans at Miami zoo use iPads to communicate

Although limited by their physical inability to talk, the orangutans at Miami's Jungle Island use iPads and other touch screen computers to communicate with people not trained in their sign language.

Carpenter, Craig get big hits, Cards top Dbacks 7-2

Pinch hitter Matt Carpenter lined a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, Allen Craig homered to cap a four-run burst in the ninth and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.

UPDATE: Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony

The former slave who helped galvanize anti-slavery efforts around the nation in the 19th century was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Wednesday.

Missouri House approves giving lawmakers control of Rotunda

The Missouri House has voted to give lawmakers authority over space in the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Missouri universities could get $3 million funding boost

A budget conference committee approved an additional $3 million to several Missouri universities Wednesday as a replacement for a proposal that would have allotted an extra $2 million to Southeast Missouri State University.

Missouri blind program to continue with eligibility cap

A House and Senate conference committee decided Wednesday to provide $25 million in cash to the blind health care program, but would limit the program to those earning up to three times the federal poverty level.

Big boppers: A history of 4-homer baseball games

Josh Hamilton's historic slugfest Tuesday night in Baltimore made him the 16th player in major league history with four homers in a game. Here's how his big night stacks up against the rest.

Royals put pitcher Sanchez on disabled list

Royals pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, who was 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in six starts, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with left biceps tendinitis.

UMKC considers renaming itself University of Kansas City

The school is looking at dropping "Missouri" to separate itself from MU and returning to the name University of Kansas City that it used for more than three decades after it was founded in 1929.

MLB to build nine homes in tornado-ravaged cities, including Joplin

Players will build homes in Joplin and Tuscaloosa, Ala. About half the funding will come from State Farm.

FDA: Children's medical tests need lower doses of radiation

Too much radiation from medical testing is a growing concern, especially for children, because it might increase the risk of cancer later in life.

Missouri to receive $15 million from national Depakote drug settlement

Improper marketing of the anti-seizure and mood-stabilizing drug resulted in false claims by Abbott Laboratories to the Medicaid program.

Big Ten commissioner: Non-division champs shouldn't have a shot at playoffs

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said a proposal that would put four conference champions, ranked among the top six, into the four-team playoff was simply an idea he's been discussing lately.

Three brothers sentenced to prison for human smuggling ring

Gregorio Hernandez-Castilla of Indianapolis was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiring to operate an interstate prostitution ring that provided women to prostitution operations in Missouri and other states.

KC official: Local control important for failing schools

Districts that lose accreditation currently are given two years to improve before state officials can step in. Lawmakers are considering whether to remove the waiting period and expand options for state officials in deciding what to do.