FROM READERS: Battle of the Bakers event raises money for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Six bakers competed in the 2012 Battle of the Bakers, which raised money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri.

Snigdha Nandipati wins National Spelling Bee

With the correct spelling of "guetapens," Snigdha Nandipati became the fifth consecutive Indian-American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

NCAA boss warns of more conference shuffling

Mark Emmert, NCAA president, spoke on a variety of issues Thursday, including the growing gulf between "haves" and "have nots," the loopholes that exist for student-athletes to transfer and the concussion epidemic at all levels of sports.

Missouri conservation officials to discuss deer disease

Conservation Department officials will provide information about the afflicted deer and the agency's plans for managing the disease.

Army Corps of Engineers awards levee repair contracts

The repair work of up to $20 million goes to companies from Poplar Bluff, Little Rock, Ark., and Hickman, Ky.

Service dogs honored with new stamps

The set of stamps celebrates the partnership of dogs and people by depicting four typical jobs of working canines: guide dogs, therapy dogs, tracking dogs and search dogs.

Going green isn't easy for historic buildings

St. Louis architectural historian Michael Allen said many historic guidelines were written four decades ago and were meant to prevent bad business signs, cheap windows and backyard lean-tos.

Missouri boy, 14, struck and killed by Amtrak train

Fourteen-year-old Cameron Vennard of Oakland was walking along the track Wednesday afternoon in Kirkwood when he was struck by a train.

Missouri opposes ruling critical of murder conviction

The state attorney general's office objected the court's ruling of the 1990 farm death case.

Edwards found not guilty on 1 count, mistrial on others

It was not immediately clear whether prosecutors would retry Edwards on the other counts.

Missouri teen sentenced in texting-while-driving fatality

Rachel N. Gannon pleaded guilty to second-degree involuntary manslaughter in the September 2011 death of 72-year-old Loretta Larimer of Camden Point.

U.S. Court of Appeals labels Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples.

Missouri hospitals reporting more charity care

A new report says that hospitals' charity care costs rose from about $62 million in 2004 to nearly $160 million in 2008, which was the latest year analyzed.

Commercial space capsule 'Dragon' docks at International Space Station

SpaceX's Dragon capsule recently docked at the International Space Station, opening up new lanes for commercial space travel to fill the void left by the retirement of NASA's space shuttles.