Obama: Recovery path hard, but challenge 'can be met'

The president's speech was the final act of a pair of highly scripted national political conventions in as many weeks, and the opening salvo of a two-month drive toward Election Day.

Jay Nixon holds cash lead over Dave Spence for Missouri governor

Republican candidate Dave Spence, who has loaned or given his campaign $4 million, had $1.4 million in his campaign account at the beginning of the month. Incumbent Gov. Jay Nixon had $6.3 million.

LIVE VIDEO: Barack Obama speaks from Democratic National Convention

President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for a second term in a speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Hurricane Isaac's remnants relieve some Midwest drought states

Some key farming states got much-needed rain, but conditions worsened in Nebraska and Iowa.

FBI seeks bank robber dubbed 'Bucket List Bandit'

The suspect, believed to be 55 to 60, is suspected in at least nine robberies, including one in Columbia.

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: What to watch for on Thursday

The final night of the Democratic National Convention has been moved inside due to weather concerns.

Chiefs turn to player from small college to replace Hali

An unheralded veteran linebacker will be taking the place of the Chiefs' Tamba Hali, who is suspended for Week 1 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Rams' Jackson looking for open holes to run through

St. Louis has new starters on its offensive line entering it season opener Sunday against Detroit.

At convention, a love affair for Hollywood stars, Democrats

Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria thrilled the crowd Thursday with their looks and words. Mary J. Blige and James Taylor provided the tunes. And "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm looked happy just to be part of the crowd.

Romney defends omission of Afghanistan from convention speech

Mitt Romney pointed to an address he gave to the American Legion the night before his Republican convention speech as evidence of his commitment to the armed forces.

Eastern Missouri judge dismisses red-light camera lawsuit

Jeff Brunner filed the suit last year against the city of Arnold and American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona firm that runs the city's red-light cameras.

UPDATE: Mother suspected of killing three daughters, herself in eastern Missouri

The bodies were found early Thursday at a home near De Soto, about 45 miles south of St. Louis.

Royals lose to Rangers in 10th inning

Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff triple in the 10th inning and scored on Young's single to lift the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday night.

Missouri bishop convicted for failing to report priest

Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty Thursday of a misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse.

Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence calls for travel freeze

Dave Spence said Thursday that Gov. Jay Nixon should order the travel restrictions as part of a general belt-tightening by the state.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Payday loan ballot proposal defeat shows influence of money

Ballot proposals to cap interest rates and raise minimum wage will not appear on this November's ballot thanks to lobbyists' efforts.

Federal grants going to Missouri hospitals to speed up Internet

Grants are going to hospitals in Albany, Carrollton, Dexter, Ellington, El Dorado Springs, Fredericktown, Hayti, Marshall, Milan, Osceola and Potosi.

Lawmakers look to update Missouri criminal laws

The panel will look at ways to make Missouri's criminal laws more cohesive and consistent.

Missouri bishop faces bench trial in case tied to abuse

Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph are charged with one count of failing to report suspected child abuse to the state.