Jerry Winston Hunter Sr., Nov. 2, 1934 — Aug. 15, 2012, formerly of Harrisburg

Jerry Winston Hunter Sr. of Harrisburg died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. He was 77.

Gator football common ground in diverse Gainesville

Gainesville is a diverse city, both racially and culturally. It's a mix of Bible Belt, alternative rock, visual artists and fraternity row. Weaving its way through each of those circles — whether they like it or not — is Florida Gator football.

Lexington is horse, basketball country

University of Kentucky's Big Blue Nation keeps Rupp Arena filled. The average attendance of men's basketball games is the highest in Division I.

Big-name no-shows for the GOP, Democrats conventions

Final preparations are under way for both the Democratic and Republican conventions, and some key figures won't be attending because of varied, often political reasons.

Missouri judge rules transfer law violates Hancock Amendment

The Thursday ruling said that a Missouri statute allowing students to transfer out of floundering districts violates the amendment.

Facebook hits new low as IPO lock-up ends

Many of the social media leader's early backers took advantage of the first opportunity to sell their shares.

Drought slows economy in Midwest, Western states

The Rural Mainstreet Index slipped to 47.1 this month, its lowest level since April 2009 and the second straight month of negative growth.

Forecast: US drought lingering but leveling off

Some areas of the country are experiencing relief from the drought, though it likely won't help this year's decimated corn and soybean crops.

Colorado shooting prompts gun bills in big states

Illinois, New York and Colorado lawmakers are pushing for stronger gun laws in light of the massacre.

Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates appeal to rural voters at state fair

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican opponent Todd Akin spoke to voters Thursday at the Missouri State Fair to discuss rural and farm issues. Voters in rural areas generally vote for the GOP candidate, but McCaskill thinks that her strong agricultural record will help her gain some votes.


Motte, Cardinals stung in ninth by Diamondbacks

Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young hit home runs on consecutive pitches from Jason Motte with one out in the ninth inning, leading the Diamondbacks over St. Louis 2-1 Thursday night.

Royals' Hochevar frustrated by A's

Kansas City's Luke Hochevar (7-11) gave up three runs and four hits, including home runs to Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes, in seven-plus innings in a 3-0 loss to the A's on Thursday night.

Rams plan to stay conservative for second preseason game

Quarterback Sam Bradford said the No. 1 goal for the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs was simple: score some points.

Suburban St. Louis teacher wins statewide honor

Cathy Cartier was named the Missouri Teacher of the Year. She will represent the state in the national competition.

Enough money raised for Joplin rally for Muslims

Several people contributed to a fund for the rally to make sure it can be held.

In Auburn, the university and city form tight community

Residents of "The Loveliest Village on the Plains" are as supportive of the university as the students.

FROM READERS: Finding the man in the moon

Photographer John Hall caught some strange sights on camera early this morning. First, he photographed a moon that looked like a flying trashcan. Then, with a little more coffee, he photographed the man in the moon.

Music, football at the heart of Athens

Athens residents describe it as a cultural oasis – a high concentration of artists, bands and diverse bars in the middle of rural Georgia. Sometimes its vibrant music scene and the SEC football culture live in harmony, sometimes not.

Vanderbilt teeters between Southern charm and bright lights of Music City

At Vanderbilt, it's hard for students to leave the "Vander Bubble" because everything they need is within walking distance.