Jan Craig Meentemeyer, July 5, 1950 — June 7, 2012, of St. Louis

Jan Craig Meentemeyer, 61, of St. Louis, died June 7, 2012.

Eric Scott Jansing, Dec. 13, 1971 — June 13, 2012, of Columbia

Eric Scott Jansing, 40, of Columbia, died June 13, 2012.

Three Columbia schools locked down after robbery of Ash Street credit union

Three Columbia public schools were locked down Thursday afternoon after a robbery at the Academic Employees Credit Union The lock down has since been lifted.

FROM READERS: Columbia author writes about his WWII-era memoir

Norm Benedict, a Columbia native, writes about his memoir, "Thumbs Up, 'V' for Victory, I Love You," about growing up in 1940s and 1950s America.

American drivers turn to smaller, more efficient engines

New government standards, soaring gas prices and improving automotive technologies have given Americans a nudge towards vehicles with smaller, more fuel efficient engines.

EPA sets tighter standards for soot pollution

After 11 states filed suit against the EPA, the agency decided to make the move to decrease the amount of soot released into the air, which might improve Americans' health.

Alley between Walnut and Broadway closing Monday

The alley between Broadway and Walnut Street will be temporarily closed beginning Monday morning and lasting through June 29. Individual segments of the alley will be closed at a time.

Missouri boy to be tried as adult in shooting of sister

The girl, 12, was shot in the head March 24 while she and her brother, 15, were left alone in their home west of Bolivar.

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long learning another new system

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long is hitting the playbook again, learning another defense. It's nothing new for the former No. 2 draft pick.

UPDATE: Missouri boy to be tried as adult in shooting of sister

A Polk County judge ruled Wednesday that the March 24 death of Sierra Elliott met the criteria to move the case from juvenile to adult court.

Missouri governor signs bill adding cellphones to No Call List

For more than a decade, Missourians have been able to ban most telemarketing calls from their landline phones, a protection that has been extended to cellphones following a bill-signing ceremony Thursday.

Snakes, chameleon stolen from St. Louis aquarium

One of the snakes is a 6-foot-long albino boa constrictor. Another missing boa constrictor is 5 feet long. All told, the animals are worth more than $10,000.


Man charged, and hurt, after police confrontation in southeast Missouri

Lawrence Guthrie of Jackson was charged Wednesday after shooting at his wife during a domestic assault and then firing shots at police officers who responded to the 911 call.

Missouri man sentenced to 32 years for murder of toddler

Marquicio Johnson was convicted of beating 2-year-old Orionis Barron-Taylor to death in April.


US Fidelis co-owner Cory Atkinson pleads guilty

The co-owner of the once prominent marketer of auto services will be sentenced Sept. 28. His brother, Darain Atkinson, pleaded guilty in April and faces sentencing July 16. 

Missouri man sentenced for arson fires at truck stops

A southwest Missouri man was sentenced to eight years in prison for setting arson fires at truck stops across six states.

Litter of foxes born at Endangered Wolf Center

A "breeding trio" consisting of the mother, father and a second female will help raise the kits, a practice common in the wild but rare in captivity.

Court: Missouri lawmaker doesn't qualify for ballot

Democratic House members Rochelle Walton Gray and Sylvester Taylor each filed to run in the 75th House District in St. Louis County. That district was redrawn last year and includes pieces of both lawmakers' current House districts.

Nurses at Kansas City research hospital vote for unionization

Registered nurses at Research Medical Center in Kansas City have voted for union representation.