PHOTO GALLERY: Children take advantage of warm weather

Children splashed around at the Country Club of Missouri pool on Wednesday. After a few weeks of relatively cool weather, temperatures reached mid-90s.


FROM READERS: Trey Bistro off to a delicious start

Downtown Columbia restaurant, Trey Bistro, offers ingredient-diverse meals made from local goods.

Columbia women arrested on charges of drug possession, possible car theft

Two women were arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and possessing controlled substances.

Lohse solid in seven in Cardinals' victory

With a 4-2 victory over Houston, the Cardinals have won consecutive games to grab a half-game lead on Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

Chiefs' new-look offense has plenty of options

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel could be poised for another great season, like in 2010 when he landed in the Pro Bowl.

Study: Tattoo infections traced to tainted ink

Health officials say they are seeing more cases of a skin infection caused by a common bacteria in the ink from tattoos.

New AIDS-like disease found mostly in Asians, not contagious

This is another kind of acquired immune deficiency that is not inherited and occurs in adults but doesn't spread the way AIDS does through a virus.

Pawpaws ripen early this year

According to Brian Schweiss, a resource forester with the Conservation Department, pawpaws usually bears fruit a little bit later in the fall.

Missouri lawmaker Todd Akin still defiant, won't quit Senate race

Rep. Todd Akin said he will remain in the race for Senate despite pressure from GOP leaders to drop.

ACT scores steady but show signs of small progress

The average national composite score was unchanged from the class of 2011. However, ACT found an increase in the percentage of students showing readiness for college science and math.

Rams camp ends as final preseason game against Dallas approaches

The Rams had their final day of training camp on Wednesday and will go into Saturday's final preseason game against Dallas on a positive note.


Rays take series from Royals

Tampa Bay, which beat Kansas City  5-3 Wednesday, won two of three in the series, limiting the Royals to just five runs.

Democrats seek to tie Akin to House candidates

Democrats are now using the Missouri congressman's comments about rape and pregnancy in more than a dozen House races in battleground states, particularly those in which incumbents joined Akin last year in co-sponsoring a resolution redefining rape as "forcible rape."

Missouri revises insurance rule after Joplin tornado

Missouri's new rule will require mutual insurance companies that provide coverage to property owners to ensure that future losses won't deplete their surplus funds by more than 20 percent in one year.

St. Louis delegation heading to China

Former Republican Sen. Kit Bond will lead the delegation to four cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou.

Missouri museum plans behind-scenes tour

Museum officials say the tour will allow visitors to see where artifacts are stored and how exhibits are created.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Short memories of vice presidents

Vice presidents hold the No. 2 spot in the nation's government, but they often don't get much attention from the American people.

Hundreds of brown recluse spiders invade southeast Missouri home

The family bought the home a year ago and started noticing spiders in April. Three professional sprayings haven't helped.