Chiefs sign veteran safety Abram Elam

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent safety Abram Elam to provide depth behind Eric Berry, who is coming back from a devastating knee injury sustained last season.

How to safely watch the transit of Venus

Avoid looking directly at the sun during the transit of Venus on Tuesday.

Veteran judge to resign from Missouri Supreme Court

In a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon, Judge William Ray Prince Jr. wrote that he's leaving the high court to return to private legal practice.

The challenge: 11,000 miles, 30 major league ballparks, all by bike

A spontaneous idea at a ballgame turned into a memorable summer endeavor. Adam Kremers and Chase Higgins and some friends are riding their bikes across the country, hitting every big league stadium along the way.

Craig, Cardinals stop five-game losing streak, beat Mets

Allen Craig hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals found a bit of missing pop, beating the New York Mets 5-4 on Monday, stopping their season-worst losing streak at five.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Behind super-sized sodas, a deeper danger

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes to ban sodas and sugary drinks in an attempt to decrease obesity in the city that Bloomberg says has reached 58 percent of people.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pocketbook issues now hinge on who's holding the pocketbook

"Pocketbook" issues remain at the focal point during presidential elections, but this year, demographics may go a long way toward deciding the winner.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Chosen few get aboard the tax-break gravy train

Numerous efforts by development lawyers, business executives and political officials are under way behind the scenes to get companies to move from one side of the state line to the other. The recent increase in job piracy won’t stop until responsible leaders act.

EPA set to conduct new soil tests at Times Beach site

Nearly 30 years after Times Beach, Mo., was evacuated, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to return to the site to continue soil testing for dioxin.

McDonald County celebrates courthouse recognition

The courthouse was deemed locally significant under National Register criteria in the areas of politics, government and social history.

Preliminary hearing set for southeast Missouri man accused of killing his estranged wife

Clay Waller's arraignment was Monday, when a preliminary hearing was set for July 25.

Missouri Republican attorney general candidate aims to help veterans

St. Louis attorney Ed Martin said Monday he is particularly concerned about protecting absentee voting rights, boosting awareness of career opportunities and the availability for mental health care for veterans and service members.

New location considered for horse slaughter plant

Unified Equine is now considering whether to retrofit a closed beef processing plant in western Missouri.

Cardinals draft pitcher Michael Wacha and outfielder James Ramsey in first round

The St. Louis Cardinals picked Texas A&M right-hander Michael Wacha with their 19th overall choice in the June baseball draft, and selected Florida State outfielder James Ramsey with their 23rd overall pick.

Royals pick San Francisco's Zimmer in MLB draft

The Kansas City Royals have drafted San Francisco right-hander Kyle Zimmer with the fifth overall pick, adding an advanced arm to an organization starved for pitching.

FastCAT transit proposal set to go before Columbia City Council

The FastCAT Express proposal, intended to revive the bus transportation system in Columbia, is geared toward bringing in more students.

Missouri baseball season ends with loss to Louisville

The Tigers lost to Louisville 11-3, and their season came to an end at the NCAA Tucson Regional.


PHOTO GALLERY: Portraits of artists and their work at Art in the Park

More than 100 artists showed their work at the 54th annual Art in the Park festival Saturday and Sunday at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. This gallery includes portraits of five of the artists and their work.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Memorial Day, Shred Fest and Art in the Park

Images from the Memorial Day parade, the fire at the Brookside on College apartments, Shred Fest and the Art in Park festival were some of the best photos by Missourian staff in the past week.

Columbia photographer Kent Durk finds beauty in abandoned houses

Kent Durk, who travels around mid-Missouri to take pictures of deserted homes with rich histories, was among the vendors at this year's Art in the Park.