Probably once in your lifetime: Venus transits across the sun Tuesday

Venus crossed between the sun and Earth in 2004, but if you missed it, Tuesday is the last chance to see a transit until the year 2117.

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Baseball continues; Tigers get a new rival

The Missouri baseball team looks to advance in the NCAA Tournament, Southeastern Conference football and basketball coaches came to scheduling agreements and Missouri back-up quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was charged with a misdemeanor.

FROM READERS: Broadway Christian Church offers summer program for children with disabilities

The church is expanding a Sunday school program called All God's Children to include a Vacation Bible School experience.

Niese strikes out career-high 10 in Mets win against Cards

The Cardinals have lost five straight and eight of 10 to fall back to .500 at 27-27.

Is texting ruining the art of conversation?

Statistics from the Pew Internet & American Life Project show that, these days, many people with cellphones prefer texting over a phone call.

Mazzaro, Royals blank punchless Athletics 2-0

The Kansas City Royals beat punchless Oakland 2-0 Sunday.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Missouri veterans homes get money; others lose it

Missouri veterans will be receiving additional support in accordance with a new law that provides funds for state-run veterans homes. This money is only available, however, because it is being taken from other programs.


Missouri bill targets parents facing 'poverty trap'

The Missouri legislature passed a bill that creates a pilot program aimed at parents who often have to turn down raises because the increase in pay could cost them thousands of dollars a month in day care subsidies.


After 45 years, mystery surrounding missing boys remains

On May 10, 1967, three boys disappeared in Hannibal. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Jimmie Johnson wins for seventh time at Dover

Jimmie Johnson romped again at Dover International Speedway, racing his way into the track's history books on Sunday with his seventh win on the concrete

Cars of the future are fast, economical and produce no emissions

Electric cars can help control our dependence on foreign oil. However, there are downsides, such as the price — starting between $30,000 and $40,000.

Sandusky strategy may pivot on accuser credibility

The case against Jerry Sandusky could boil down to a simple question: Will the young men who claim the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused them be viewed as credible witnesses?

Shred Fest showcases skateboarders of all ages

Skateboarders of all ages attended Shred Fest, which was held at Cosmopolitan Park on Saturday.

MU professors traveling to Iraq to help university train engineers

In June, a team of MU engineering professors will travel to Erbil, Iraq, to help Iraq's University of Technology train engineers.

Columbia's Art in the Park attracts artists, art advocates

Artists, musicians, vendors and art enthusiasts met Saturday afternoon at Stephens Lake Park for the 54th annual Art in the Park. The art festival will end Sunday.

Missouri baseball team defeats New Mexico State in elimination game

The Missouri Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to stave off elimination and beat New Mexico State 6-2.

Competitors announced for Boonville Major League Eating event

Second-ranked eater Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti and third-ranked Tim "Eater X" Janus highlight the 10-person field.

Thomas Baumgardner, 73, was leader in Columbia business community

Thomas E. Baumgardner worked as a financial adviser with Edward Jones. He was on the board of directors of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and an elder of First Presbyterian Church.

Thomas Baumgardner, Nov. 15, 1938 — May 31, 2012, of Columbia

Thomas Baumgardner was a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia and was a financial adviser for Edward Jones for 45 years.

Gary Logan, May 22, 1952 — May 30, 2012, of Columbia

Gary Logan, a Columbia native, was a studious learner of the Bible and had a deep trust in God.