Royals pitcher Hochevar gets win after leaving game with sprained ankle

The Kansas City Royals had a season-high 16 hits in a win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. All-Star Billy Butler snapped a season-long 0-for-24 hitless streak against Toronto pitching and Yuniesky Betancourt homered as the Royals won for the second time in six games.

Hot, dry conditions contribute to Columbia fires

A lack of rain and the resulting dry conditions have contributed to natural cover fires and a fire at Broadway Townhomes. Fire officials urge residents to be careful when disposing of potential fire hazards.

Construction will restrict Columbia foot, car traffic beginning Monday

Construction on Stephens College bridges and the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets will begin Monday.

Mary Dierkes remembered as caring teacher and friend

Mary Dierkes died Wednesday. She was 59.

Tony La Russa has plenty of time to prepare for All-Star Game

After managing the St. Louis Cardinals to the championship last season, Tony La Russa shuffled off into retirement as a three-time World Series-winning manager. Retired or not, La Russa said yes quickly when he was approached about calling the shots in his sixth All-Star Game.

FROM READERS: Photos from an excursion to Diana Bend Conservation Area

Greg Arendall shares his photos of the wildlife he saw at the Diana Bend Conservation Area.

Mary Dierkes, May 4, 1953 — July 4, 2012

Mary Dierkes died Wednesday, July 4, 2012. She was 59.

Food is an important part of Independence Day festivities

From cool treats to traditional festival fare, Columbia residents celebrated the Fourth of July with food.

UPDATE: Snakebite death only state's 2nd from copperhead

Fifty-year-old Terry Brown was bitten by a copperhead snake while camping along the Current River. He was unconscious within 15 minutes and died the next morning.

Nixon signs Missouri license plate, higher education fund bill

A higher education measure was signed into law that would require state lawmakers to approve specialty license plates for colleges and universities. State lawmakers were seeking to impede possible efforts by fans to have the University of Kansas featured on a Missouri license plate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri neglecting children

Missouri is failing in its duty to properly and quickly investigate child abuse and neglect reports.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Money for sports? No problem. Money for higher ed? Problem

Even as the state is choking off its academic resources, even as MU curators are raising tuition, even as students and their families are going deeper in hock to pursue a sheepskin, MU focuses on athletics.

Akin gets backing from Huckabee in first TV ad

Congressman Todd Akin's campaign said the ad, which began Thursday, is his first to run statewide in advance of the Aug. 7 primary.

Trash can tested for human remains in southwest Missouri

Police received a tip about a possible body at the home of a man who was shot to death by police Saturday.

Roger Wilson, former Missouri governor, seeks probation for donations

Roger Wilson will be sentenced Monday in federal court for misusing money involved in illegal political donations.

Missouri law to limit working hours at mental hospitals

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could provide relief for state employees working long hours at high-security mental health facilities.

More human remains found along western Missouri river

Jackson County authorities have been searching a riverside area after determining that a shoe found this week contained human remains.

Missouri trooper held hostage by ex-boyfriend

Sheriff Chris Heitman said the ex-boyfriend shot himself in the head after the Highway Patrol trooper was able to escape.

Missouri expects to save $44 million through debt refinancing

Two separate boards of state officials gave preliminary authorization this week to the bond refinancing.

FBI helping investigate fire at Joplin mosque

The blaze early Wednesday burned a 4-by-6-foot section of shingles atop the Islamic Society of Joplin's building.