Jasper County Courts Building in Joplin reopens after storm damage

The Joplin Globe reported that high winds damaged the north end of the building's roof, causing water damage from the third floor to the bottom floor.

Court clerk accused of illegally accessing confidential records

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 26-year-old Whitney Tyler is accused of working outside of her court duties when she accessed arrest records, criminal histories and driving records.

Missouri higher education board backs tobacco tax increase

The November ballot item would raise Missouri's cigarette tax to 90 cents a pack. The state coordinating board said the measure could generate at least $84 million annually for higher education.

St. Louis Mayor Slay hopes to lure 2016 Democratic convention

St. Louis was a finalist for the 2012 presidential nominating convention but lost out to Charlotte, N.C.

Ban helps lessen southeast Missouri's bath salts problem

In the past 12 months, sales of the illegal synthetic drugs have slowed in the 13-county area covered by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force. However, a steady number of users still look for help.

Concrete house in Springfield heavy on innovation

A Springfield man is building his concrete home to protect himself and the environment.

The Columbia Pachyderm Club: Akin, we are still voting for you

The members of the Columbia Pachyderm Club applauded Rep. Akin for staying in the race and they are determined to show their continuous support until he wins the election.