6 electricity-related deaths in Missouri since 2010

The Public Service Commission released recent electricity incidents involving regulated utilities in Missouri since 2010.

Missouri House primary candidates debate I-70, health care at public forum

Candidates for state House districts 44 and 47 discussed the implementation of the federal health care law in Missouri and solutions for rebuilding Interstate 70.

Missouri House lawmakers discuss right-to-pray initiative

State lawmakers debated a "right-to-pray" measure that will appear on the Aug. 7 ballot. Columbia lawmaker Chris Kelly opposes the amendment and said it could lead to unintended consequences.

No guarantees for those hoping to walk on to Missouri football team

Every year, Missouri’s football team accepts about 10 new walk-ons — athletes who have not received a scholarship offer but still hope to find a spot on the team’s roster.

Mayor McDavid announces a solution to pension problem

The Mayor's Pension Review Task Force has come up with a new pension plan that officials say will require no tax increase and no layoffs. The plan is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

GENE ROBERTSON: African-Americans need to unify instead of divide

Gene Robertson says African-Americans need to come together today just as much as they did in earlier times. 

Four Missouri players selected for All-SEC coaches' preseason team

The Southeastern Conference coaches named offensive tackle Elvis Fisher, wide receiver T.J. Moe, linebacker Zaviar Gooden and cornerback E.J. Gaines to their preseason all-league team Thursday.

Owner of Harmony Hill Goat Farm makes goat soap

For the past three years, Leah Rennick has been producing homemade goats' milk soap, which she sells at local farmer's markets.

Missouri corn crop condition causing worry after dry heat wave

The extreme heat and lack of moisture has affected much of Missouri's corn crop in its critical growing stage.

UPDATE: Former location of Tiger Spot mosaic to be covered with brick

The MU Art and Artifacts Committee said the project will be completed by the beginning of the fall semester.

Missouri Department of Conservation to dedicate green, $6 million facility Friday

The new regional headquarters for the Missouri Department of Conservation will be named for local conservationist E. Sydney Stephens.

New law changes competitive bidding amount for Boone County

The amount required for competitive bidding in Boone County has changed from $4,500 to $6,000 under a new bill signed into law this week. The law also affects Greene County.

Inquiry: Penn State officials concealed sex abuse

Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing the former assistant football coach to prey on other youngsters, according to a scathing report issued Thursday on the scandal.

Police arrest Columbia man in connection with forgeries

Demetrius L. Kelly, 28, was arrested in connection with multiple forgeries at businesses in Columbia and Boone County.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hunting is big part of Missouri's economy

An organization called Hunting Works for Missouri reports that hunters' annual spending is equal to more than half the total cash receipts for cattle and soy beans in the state — two of Missouri's most valuable commodities.

FROM READERS: What is your go-to joke?

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UPDATE: Gov. Nixon vetoes contraception coverage bill

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Thursday that would have expanded religious exemptions in insurance policies covering birth control.

UPDATE: Nixon vetoes legislation allowing vehicle tax levy

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Thursday that would have allowed communities to resume levying taxes on vehicle purchases. Rep. Ryan Silvey, who sponsored the legislation, said Republicans might override the veto when the legislature convenes in September.

Gov. Nixon vetoes bill on contraception coverage

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, said the legislation was unnecessary and could perhaps even diminish people's liberties.

Pistons sign 2nd-rounder English

The former Missouri guard will provide depth for Detroit.