MU Agriculture Experiment Station field day to share research

The MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center will host a field day June 30 in New Franklin to share its research about growing various fruits and nuts.

Comment: Pay for play should be in football playoff

Give a couple fifth-graders some newly sharpened pencils and a few pieces of lined paper and they could have knocked out a college football playoff format before lunchtime, with a break in between for tag at recess.

U.S. health care reform efforts through history

The Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law follows a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping people in the United States afford medical care.

AP sources: Tentative deal on student loans, roads

Congressional leaders have reached tentative deals on freezing student loan rates and roads ahead of their July 4 recess.

UPDATE: Missouri auditor questions attorney general's office contracts

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich said Wednesday that a state audit of the attorney general's office revealed a conflict of interest.

Colorado blaze too dangerous to assess damage

The Colorado Springs wildfire has forced the mandatory evacuation of more than 32,000 residents.

Nixon approves bill to allow more Missouri charter schools, vetoes busing bill

Gov. Jay Nixon will to allow charter schools to operate in more Missouri areas, but vetoed a bill that would make it easier for students to transfer. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri has top college savings plan, which ranks 529 college savings plans, has ranked Missouri's at the top of the charts.

Colleges move toward absolute bans on smoking

Colleges are implementing absolute bans on smoking, though some think the bans go too far.

Health plan on Missouri ballot, no matter court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide Thursday on a federal law that would require states to create a health insurance exchange by 2014.

Missouri Gov. Nixon signs small-business tax break

Lawmakers in 2011 approved a tax deduction for small businesses based on each job they add. This year's measure is designed to clarify the types of businesses that can claim the deduction.

Royals bring up left hander Everett Teaford and outfielder Jason Bourgeois

The Kansas City Royals have recalled left-hander Everett Teaford and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from Triple-A Omaha and optioned left-hander Francisley Bueno to the Storm Chasers. Catcher Humberto Quintero was designated for assignment.

Aldermen bless new Ballpark Village plan in St. Louis

The development plan includes a "Cardinal's Nation" restaurant, a museum, a hall of fame and a beer garden.

Missouri auditor questions attorney general's office contracts

A state audit of the attorney general's office pointed to three contingency fee contracts first solicited last year for private lawyers to represent the state.