Eula Mary Simmons Harold, Aug. 13, 2012, of Columbia

Eula Mary (Judy) Simmons Harold, 87, of Columbia, died Aug. 13, 2012

FROM READERS: Dog consumes "A Full Cup of Joe" and survives

Joe G. Dillard, who recently published his first humorous autobiography, shares the true tale of a curious dog who consumed his book.

Kelly strong again in Cardinals' win

Rookie right-hander Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start before Jaime Garcia comes off the disabled list, and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Matt Holliday and Jon Jay in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Guthrie shuts down A's in Royals' victory

Guthrie allowed only three singles in seven innings, and the Kansas City Royals rolled to a 5-0 win over the Athletics on Tuesday night.

Feds want Missouri to set up prescription-drug tracking program

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske called prescription drug abuse an "epidemic." Nearly 21,000 deaths in the U.S. were attributed to prescription drug overdoses in 2009.


Missouri Supreme Court declines to set execution dates

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in May asked the court to set the execution dates. That was the same month the Missouri Department of Corrections adopted a new execution protocol that uses a single drug, propofol.

St. Louis schools closer to partial accreditation

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Annual Performance Reports are used to help make accreditation decisions.

Gates foundation seeks to help 2.5 billion without modern sanitation

A Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation competition challenges scientists to reinvent the toilet for the 2.5 billion people around the world who don't have access to modern sanitation.

Rams' ex-No. 2 pick Jason Smith battles for playing time

Right tackle Jason Smith, who has had concussion and other injury issues, has started just 26 of a possible 48 games.

With Midwest drought, well users find faucets are running dry

A typical American household uses up to 2,800 gallons of water each week, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After months without rain, many rural homeowners and businesses are being forced to buy that water from private suppliers or to drill new or deeper wells.

Family: Texas shootout gunman had mental illness

The family of the Texas gunman said that the man suffered from an unspecified mental illness, which saw him cut off contact with his family.

Hearings set in dispute over Missouri health care measure

A Missouri judge has scheduled two hearings this month on a challenge to the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: With choice of Paul Ryan, Romney should sweep the primaries

By attaching himself to Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the Justin Bieber of the Republican right, Mitt Romney has sent his horse cavalry to protect his right flank from an air assault that will be coming from the center and the left.

DNA connects man to 1992 rape in St. Louis

Authorities say Derrick Cobb of Bowling Green struck a woman in the head with a beer bottle in St. Louis in 1992, then raped her. He has served 17 years of a 30-year prison sentence for another crime.

Officials seek holder of $1 million Powerball ticket

The ticket in the Aug. 4 drawing was purchased in St. Louis. Winning numbers are 19, 30, 48, 53 and 55.