Defense firms warn of job losses from budget cuts

Robert J. Stevens, chairman and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp., said the across-the-board reductions could result in layoffs of 10,000 employees from his company of 120,000 workers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New laws designed to reduce accumulation

In government, regulations and legislation accumulate. Among the remaining bills signed into law Friday were measures to clean, organize and eliminate clutter in accumulated legislation.

Joplin photographer's collection made public

The family of the late photographer Murwin Mosler of Joplin is making his 60-year collection of portrait negatives available to the public.

Many homeless after apartment fire in St. Louis

The fire broke out Tuesday night at the four-story, 197-unit apartment complex on Lindell Boulevard in the city's Central West End.

Missouri regulators review electrical grid security

The Public Service Commission said it is asking power companies 47 detailed questions about protections to shield the electrical grid against hackers.

Vanderbilt's Franklin carries swagger into Year 2

With 17 returning starters, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and the Commodores have reason to believe they can improve on a 6-7 season that included only two SEC wins.

Quarterback Tyler Russell prepares for life as MSU's starter

Fourth-year Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday that he picked quarter back Tyler Russell as one of his three representatives at media day because he expects the 6-foot-4 junior to have "a huge year."

2 ordered to stand trial in 1999 Missouri killing

Johnny Austin and Henry Rice Jr., both of Qulin, are charged with second-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Carla Ann Austin.

Texas man drowns at Table Rock Lake

A 23-year-old man from Texas man drowned after jumping off a boat at Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri.

Challenges to 'The Kite Runner' spark debate in Camdenton

A school district committee decided in 2009 that the book presented themes important for teenagers to discuss, but the superintendent removed it from a required reading list.

Republic schools draw national attention by banning classic novel

Missouri schools in Republic gained national attention as they successfully banned the classic Kurt Vonnegut novel "Slaughterhouse-Five" as well as the Sarah Ockler novel "Twenty Boy Summer."

War-themed 'Hunger Games' poses a difficult choice for parents

"The Hunger Games," has been among the 10 most challenged books for each of the past two years and drew a challenge in 2009 from a parent of a Jackson Middle School student.


DEAR READER: Books project demonstrates importance of public records in journalism

About 87.5 percent of Missouri school districts complied with Sunshine requests for records related to book challenges.

Districts' policies for book challenges are similar

Appointed committees typically are charged with reading challenged books and determining whether their content is appropriate.