UPDATE: State monitors Flat Branch Creek after apartment fire

A resource scientist with the Department of Conservation said the water used to fight the fire might have a negative impact on the recovery of fish and other organisms in Flat Branch.

Virginia "Ginny" Lee Starks loved quilting, golfing, her family

Virginia "Ginny" Lee Starks of Columbia died Tuesday, May 29, 2012. She was 67.

Former MU professor John Elias was loving father who gave back to community

The former MU marketing professor died Monday, May 21, 2012. He was 75. 

FROM READERS: Lauren Cameron of the Red Cross retires

The Heart of Missouri Chapter employee spent 17 years helping others.

Dr. John E. Elias, Dec. 11, 1936 – May 21, 2012

Virginia "Ginny" Lee Starks, Jan. 10, 1945 – May 29, 2012

SEC football coaches differ on league scheduling

With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the Southeastern Conference is tweaking its football and basketball schedules. Football coaches are having a tougher time deciding on what changes to make than their basketball counterparts.

UPDATE: Missouri National Guard acknowledges four soldiers looted store in Joplin

The Missouri National Guard released memorandums revealing that three specialists and a sergeant took $776 worth of electronics from a Joplin Walmart during last year's tornado cleanup efforts.

Missouri legislature passes 114 bills and amendments during 2012 session

The session officially ended Wednesday, when leaders of the House and Senate signed the bills that passed, delivered them to the governor and banged the gavel for the final time.

Planting of cotton in southeast Missouri increases

A decrease in cotton prices and an increase in insect problems has led to a decrease in national cotton production. But planting in Missouri has actually increased.


Missouri governor to sign veterans home legislation

The legislation redirects casino fees that now benefit early childhood programs to a trust fund for the Missouri Veterans' Commission.

Date set to reintroduce rare beetle in Missouri

The St. Louis Zoo and its partners will reintroduce around 300 American burying beetles June 5 at Wah' Kon-Tah Prairie.

Missouri National Guard acknowledges 4 soldiers looted in Joplin

The National Guard said three specialists and a sergeant admitted taking electronics such as video games and a camera from a Walmart store.

Police identify 4 victims of Blue Springs murder-suicide

Police say the two young girls who died along with two adults at a Blue Springs duplex were shot to death.

Pilots report more incidents of lasers pointed at aircraft near Lambert Airport

A green light filled the cockpit of a Delta flight as it approached the St. Louis airport on Monday night.

St. Louis County passes copper theft bill

The new law requires any person selling scrap metal to present a valid identification, and dealers must keep a computer database of all transactions.