Jim Hellmann is described as fun-loving and free-spirited

Jim Hellmann, described as fun-loving and free-spirited, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012.


UPDATE: Facebook's $16 billion IPO one of the world's largest

The world's definitive online social network is raising at least $16 billion for the company and its early investors in a transaction that values Facebook at $104 billion.

Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63

Summer died Thursday morning. Her family did not disclose the cause of death.

U.S. forecasters say heat will stay on this summer

The forecast for June through August calls for warmer-than-normal weather for about three-quarters of the nation, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

'Ring of Fire' eclipse visible from China to Texas

Two weeks after the eclipse, Venus will crawl across the face of the sun, a rare occurrence known as the "transit of Venus."


Punishment handed down for Southeast football team hazing

Coach Tony Samuel assigned 10 hours of community service to all players. Eight players involved in the incident are on probation from the university.

Missouri State University ponders adding psychology institute

The nonprofit institute says it offers an alternative to a traditional doctoral psychology program for people who want to work as direct mental health providers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri House speaker's legacy: It's El Rushbo's House now

House Speaker Steve Tilley sold out Missourians when he gave talk-radio personality Rush Limbaugh a spot in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Missouri lawmakers approve vehicle sales tax measure

Supporters of reinstating a tax on cars bought out of state say local governments could lose millions of dollars without it and car dealerships in cities near the state's borders could lose business.

Missouri joins settlement with shoe maker

Customers can receive a partial refund for their purchase of the shoes, which were marketed as helping people lose weight and tone muscles.

Disco Queen Donna Summer dies at 63

Donna Summer, known for pulsating hits such as "She Works Hard for the Money," "I Feel Love," ''Love to Love You Baby" and "Last Dance," died of cancer Thursday morning.

House GOP defense bill challenges Obama policy

The House is expected to tackle a long list of amendments Thursday with fights looming over the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the indefinite detention of terrorist suspects.

Lawmakers vote to require rabies vaccines for pets

The legislation does not penalize people who don't have their pets vaccinated. But if that cat or dog bites someone, its owner would have to produce documents showing the animal was vaccinated.

Mo. senator back at Capitol after hospitalization

Sen. Jane Cunningham was admitted to a local hospital because her blood pressure had risen to dangerously high levels.

Columbia business owner sentenced to 3 years

Shakir Hamoodi pleaded guilty earlier to violating federal sanctions by sending about $200,000 to family, friends and charities in Iraq from 1991 to 2003.