MULTIMEDIA: Determination helps Hayley Leal achieve musical dreams early

Hayley, 12, plays the guitar and writes and sings her own songs. Her local performances are stepping stones toward a professional music career.

John Claude Schuder was a lifelong peace, civil rights activist

John Claude Schuder of Columbia died Saturday, April 7. He was 90.

Bruce Chen goes 7 innings as Royals beat Rays 8-2

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run shot during a four-run third inning, and Jeff Francoeur added a three-run homer during a four-run eighth in Kansas City's 8-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Cardinals win fifth straight, 5-2 against slumping Marlins

One night after Yadier Molina's tying homer in the ninth inning keyed a huge comeback, St. Louis scored five unearned runs in the first.

John Claude Schuder, March 2, 1922 – April 7, 2012

John Claude Schuder died Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was 90.

Columbia Fire Department will not be issuing burn permits

With dry weather causing an increased threat of brush fires, the Boone County Fire Protection District is discouraging open burning and fireworks. This weather could lead to the cancellation of July Fourth's Fire in the Sky fireworks show.

Students from 2012 Missouri Scholars Academy visit newsroom

A group of students from the 2012 Missouri Scholars Academy visited the newsroom Monday and shared their definitions of journalism based on their visit.

PHOTO GALLERY: Drought-fueled wildfires and coastal tropical storm

Tropical Storm Debby caused flooding and sinkholes on the southern coasts while wildfires burned in Colorado and Utah.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drought affects crops, puts stress on farmers

Extremely dry conditions in Missouri have caused a slope in production for crops such as hay, corn and soybeans. The drought affecting these money-making crops has also put considerable stress on farmers.

McCaskill to skip Democratic National Convention

Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign said she will spend the week campaigning in her home state instead.

Missouri farmers look to boost US elderberry crop

The National Institutes of Health has given five universities a total of $37.5 million for a five-year study exploring possible medical benefits of elderberries, wild yams and other herbal and dietary supplements. One of the recipients is MU's Center for Botanical Interaction Studies.

UPDATE: McCaskill will skip Democratic convention to campaign in Missouri

Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to skip the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and instead will spend the week campaigning in Missouri.

Columbia Planned Parenthood to suspend abortion services beginning July 1

Citing a lack of available doctors, Planned Parenthood is suspending abortion services at its Columbia clinic beginning July 1.

Facebook draws user anger with email switcheroo

"It's pretty emblematic of Facebook's mode of operation. Take action and apologize later," said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst at research firm eMarketer. "They seem like they pulled the trigger without telling everybody."

Arkansas woman sentenced for looting after tornado

Lynette Curry, 27,  of Rogers, Ark., was sentenced Monday for felony theft in a plea deal. Burglary and a drug charge were dropped.

Tropical Storm Debby floods north Florida homes, highways

Although Tropical Storm Debby has weakened considerably, the National Hurricane Center said the storm will continue to bring heavy rain. Parts of northern Florida have already had more than 25 inches of rain over the past three days.

Record heat hampers efforts to fight wildfires

Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, which has created the necessary conditions for the state's second largest wildfire in history.

CDC trying out free rapid AIDS test at drugstores

The tests are already available at seven places, and the CDC will soon pick 17 more locations.

Absentee voting begins for Missouri primary elections

Tuesday is the first day that registered voters may cast absentee ballots for the Aug. 7 party primaries.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Supreme Court rules wisely on immigration, juveniles

Despite the discouraging campaign finance ruling, the decision on immigration, especially, may help put the brakes on growing concerns that the Roberts Court is as likely to heed conservative talking points as legal precedents.