FROM READERS: Lutz's BBQ, the good and the weird

Robin Nuttall shares her review of Lutz's BBQ in Jefferson City from her blog CoMo Whine and Dine.

VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Candidates for county collector race in Audrain County

Republican Kate Becker and Democrat Heather Clubb-Wagner are running for the county collector position.

Cardinals keep up streak against Astros

St. Louis won its fourth straight and moved 4½ games ahead of Milwaukee in the race for the second NL wild card with a 4-0 victory Tuesday night over Houston. The Brewers lost in Cincinnati 4-2.

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: Obama, Romney compete for votes in Ohio

Controversy over the NFL's replacement refs, highlights from the U.N. General Assembly and violence in Syria and Lybia also lead today's national and world news.

On decision day, Akin committed to Missouri Senate bid

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin says he has no plan to withdraw from the Nov. 6 election.

Royals no match for Sanchez in loss to Tigers

Anibal Sanchez threw his first shutout in over a year, and the Detroit Tigers moved into a tie for first in the AL Central with a 2-0 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's 12-year funk catches up with it

Twelve years of evidence show budget cuts and slogans, from both Democrats and Republicans, are not the way to prosperity.

Audit faults screening used for Mamtek incentives

Auditor Tom Schweich released a report saying the city of Moberly, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and private entities were not diligent enough in reviewing Mamtek.

Absentee ballots available for Missouri election

Absentee ballots are available to voters who expect to be out of town on Election Day or if illness, disability or religious beliefs prevent them from going to the polls Nov. 6.

St. Louis County has no plans for pseudoephedrine prescriptions

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley told KMOX Radio that he believes the current system of registering purchasers is enough.

Part of Missouri highway to be named for fallen trooper

The memorial section of the highway will be between Missouri 273 near Tracy and Route E near Camden Point.

Exhumation of outlaw Clell Miller's grave in Missouri postponed

Researchers want to find out if outlaw Clell Miller's skeleton is buried in his family's plot in a Missouri cemetery, or if it was kept by the man who killed him in Minnesota. The planned exhumation has been postponed because it is uncertain which grave may be holding his remains.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Caseload still stresses public defender system

The number of criminal cases exceeding available public defenders has posed a problem in Missouri since at least 2006.

Joplin to seek FEMA housing extension for families

Joplin officials will ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend temporary housing provided to tornado survivors for seven months.

Ex-Sam's Club worker accused of fraud

Federal authorities on Monday announced the arrest of 25-year-old Genis Helm, who formerly worked at Sam's Club of Maplewood.

Missouri program to plant 250,000 trees

The Missouri Department of Transportation said Monday it will buy 250,000 seedlings from a Conservation Department nursery. Conservation officials will distribute the trees to youth groups and schools for planting.

Rice crops expanding in southeast Missouri

Missouri now has about 200,000 acres of rice, up from 150,000 acres in 2000.

Springfield City Council rejects marijuana ordinance

The council voted Monday night to repeal the ordinance, which reduced the penalty for possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana to a small fine, community service or counseling.