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.

MU athletics department announces $30 million donation from Kansas City Sports Trust

The donation will help fund the $102 million athletics facility renovation plan the Board of Curators approved Tuesday.

Preliminary public discussion of tax increment financing underway

A panel on the possible creation of a tax increment financing district in downtown Columbia emphasized the importance of public input in the development planning process.

UM System Board of Curators approves budget, housing and athletics projects

The UM System Board of Curators unanimously approved the budget for the 2013 fiscal year Tuesday afternoon.

After overcoming fears, Missouri sophomore competes in Olympic Swimming Trials

Missouri swimmer Connor Nolan struggled this past season, but managed to overcome his fear and frustration to qualify for the 200 and 400 individual medley events at this week's Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. 

ROSE NOLEN: Congress refuses to address important issues

Our country is in a terrible shape, and Congress is doing nothing to make things. Those who survived the Great Depression could have given us some good advice. They would probably have suggested that we work together. Hmm, imagine that.

UPDATE: Damage estimated at $12,000 in The Village of Cherry Hill fire

An attic fire broke out above a vacant office suite in The Village of Cherry Hill. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

University presidents approve four-team college football playoff

Starting in 2014, instead of a championship game between the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 football teams, there will now be a pair of semifinals in which four teams play.

Food bank wins new Toyota in contest

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri won a new Toyota through the 100 Cars for Good contest, a philanthropic initiative hosted on Facebook in which online voters choose from five nonprofits each day to win a car.