Energy firms discuss nuclear plans with Missouri panel

Westinghouse Electric Co. and power company Ameren Missouri formed a partnership to compete for federal energy funds designed to support the engineering, design certification and operation licensure of small modular nuclear reactors.

Helen Nelson put the Lord, family before herself

Helen Nelson died Sunday, June 3, 2012. She was 88 years old. She traveled a lot in a Bambi Airstream trailer and visited all 50 states.

Helen Marie Nelson, May 19, 1924 — June 3, 2012, of Columbia

Helen Marie Nelson, of Columbia, died June 3, 2012. She was 88 years old.

FROM READERS: The path of a scholar brings color to Columbia

Kiffaya Al-Saffar reflects upon her 11 months as a visiting professor in the MU College of Engineering from Iraq.

Columbia Imagined reviews latest portion of plan

Columbia Imagined met Wednesday to receive public comment and review phase four of their plan.

Fish kill claims 10,000 carp at Jackson County lake

The state Department of Conservation said Wednesday that the fish kill in Jackson County's Blue Springs Lake appears to have affected only carp.

Missouri offering wireless Internet at state parks

Finger Lakes is among the park campgrounds with wireless access.

Groups in 13 states want US to block Internet bets

Family-centric groups in 13 states wrote a letter to Congress asking it to strengthen legislation outlawing online gambling throughout the country.

Group seeks grand jury decision on Kansas City artwork

A lobbyist is looking to have a sculpture of a partially nude woman removed from the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Missouri's economy lagged nation's in 2011

New federal Commerce Department figures show Missouri's economy in 2011 grew by just 0.04 percent when adjusted for inflation.

For second time, Springfield approves smoking ban

Unofficial results show that only about 36 percent of Springfield voters were in favor of repealing the April 2011 ban.

Missouri paper sues school district over records

The Springfield News-Leader filed its lawsuit Monday against the Republic School District for not not disclosing how much money it paid to the family of a girl who claimed her school ignored allegations she had been repeatedly raped by a fellow student.

Audit: Missouri agencies rushed to spend their budgets

State auditor Tom Schweich found that state agencies stockpiled inventories of items that were not needed until later to avoid "lapsing" the money.

Man's frugal life pays off for Washington University

Waldemar Klasing left gifts amounting to more than $1 million to Washington University when he died last month at age 100.

Energy companies to discuss nuclear reactor plans with Missouri panel

Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse Electric Co. announced in April they were creating a partnership to seek federal funds to develop small, modular nuclear reactors.

Dog left at Missouri rest area waits 2 days for owner's return

Arkansas trucker Michael Siau didn't realize the 9-month-old Yorkie had jumped out of the truck at a rest stop near Hannibal.