A-Rod homers twice in Yankees' win over Royals

Alex Rodriguez gave pitcher Will Smith a rude welcome to the major leagues Wednesday night, hitting two homers off the rookie to back another strong start for Andy Pettitte and lead the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 8-3.

Comment: Don't expect college football playoff just yet

Those in charge can't decide on the toughest questions.

Cardinals place Matt Carpenter on disabled list

A strained right-side muscle landed St. Louis Cardinals' utilityman Matt Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

Jane Smarr loved traveling the country, caring for her home

Jane Elizabeth Smarr of Columbia died Monday. She was 89.

Jane Elizabeth Smarr, May 15, 1923 – Monday, May 21, 2012, of Columbia

FROM READERS: A meaningful day with an aging mother

A local Missourian shared his photographs depicting his family's celebration of Mother's Day.

Environment and Energy Commission reviews recommendations from rental efficiency report

Columbia's Environment and Energy Commission may propose plans for a website that would provide renters with more accurate and understandable information on energy costs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Cold sufferers caught in crossfire of war on meth

An electronic tracking system for purchases of drugs containing pseudoephedrine is a better solution than proposed state legislation.

Southeast Missouri town restricts sale of meth ingredient

After a unanimous City Council vote, Chaffee will now require people to have a prescription before they can buy drugs that contain pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in meth.

Missouri prayer measure to appear on August ballot

A new amendment to the Missouri Constitution would affirm citizens' right to pray in public and take effect immediately if approved.

Missouri National Guard exempt from Sunshine Law

The National Guard has refused to release information about looting after the tornado in Joplin a year ago.

Woman sentenced to probation in infant death

The two-month-old died of suffocation in July after his babysitter allowed him to take a nap on his stomach on a bed surrounded by pillows.

Governors along Missouri River to question Army Corps' flood control plans

Leaders from the six states that the Missouri River flows through will question the Army Corps of Engineers about plans for preventing future disasters.


St. Louis woman drops bank robbery attempt midway through

A woman walked into a bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money and indicating she had a gun. But the woman became impatient, retrieved the note and walked out without money.

Kansas City priest accused of abuse dies

Lawyers representing the alleged abuse victim filed paperwork to formally remove the Rev. Francis McGlynn from the lawsuit, leaving only the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as defendants.