FROM READERS: A hot day on a Morgan County farm

Garry Teeple photographs frogs thriving in a farm pond amidst lilies that have taken over the water's surface.

Missouri lawmaker slams Pinkel's defense of Paterno

State Rep. Sara Lampe took Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel to task Thursday for his recent defense of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno as "a great man."

UPDATE: Walgreen Co., Express Scripts sign new agreement

The Walgreen pharmacy chain will begin filling prescriptions from customers in the Express Scripts network again starting in September under a new multiyear contract that ends a costly impasse between the companies.

US forecast: Hot, dry weather to linger into fall

The unusually hot dry weather that has gripped the nation will not let up its stranglehold over the next few months, federal weather forecasters said Thursday.

CDC: Whooping cough rising at alarming rate in US

The U.S. appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts say may reflect a problem with the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Bankers survey suggests drought hurting economy

A new survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Western states because of drought conditions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Public universities scramble for more private funds

In Missouri and Kansas, income from students’ tuition now exceeds the amount of money the flagship universities receive from state legislatures.

Police: Man admits to 13 arson fires in Kennett

Police in the southeast Missouri town of Kennett believe they've solved a string of arson fires with the arrest of a 37-year-old suspect.

Missouri woman sentenced for harming granddaughter

A Jefferson City woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for giving her granddaughter blood thinner.

St. Louis fire chief questions building materials in apartment fire

A fire that destroyed a 197-unit apartment in St. Louis is stirring debate about the use of lightweight, synthetic building materials over brick and real wood.

Missouri woman charged in son's death to stand trial

A central Missouri woman will stand trial for second-degree murder in the death of her son, who prosecutors believe was abused by the woman's boyfriend.

Missouri dog breeder shut down

The Missouri Attorney General's office has shut down a southern Missouri dog breeder, citing several violations of the state's Animal Care Facilities Act.

Skeletal remains of foot found in shoe in St. Charles County

Police are investigating after skeletal remains of a human left foot were found inside a shoe along the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Charles County.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The 'freedom' to refuse health insurance

The right to refuse to have health insurance is a lot like the "right" to sleep under bridges. No one wants to exercise it.

Ex-band director in Missouri gets 15 days in jail

The former band director at an eastern Missouri high school and middle school has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and two years of probation for providing pornographic material to a minor.

Digital textbooks add complexity to debates over content

In Missouri, individual school districts are charged with ensuring that books on new electronic platforms comply with content standards.

Arizona books controversy sparks interest at Kansas City charter school

Books banned by the Tucson School District, which cited concerns about racial separatism, could become the keystone for a new Latino studies program.

Library association tracks book challenges nationwide

Parents have filed more than half of all challenges since 1990.

Walgreen Co., Express Scripts sign new agreement

The Walgreen pharmacy chain will begin filling prescriptions from customers in the Express Scripts network again starting in September.