Columbia man pleads guilty to charges including statutory rape

A Columbia man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for second-degree felony statutory rape, five years for possession of child pornography, and four years each for two separate counts of attempted tampering with a victim or a witness in a felony prosecution.

FROM READERS: What being a dad has taught me

I've learned over the past 17 years that I don't have all the answers and that DVD players inside minivans are a useful part of life.

VOTERS GUIDE 2012: District 1 commissioner in Carroll County is on the ballot

One of the three Carroll County commissioner seats is up for grabs this year. Look here for information on the two candidates campaigning for the position.


Tigers' Cabrera closing in on Triple Crown

Miguel Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.331), home runss (44) and RBIs (139) — the Triple Crown, last achieved by Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Study finds support for race-neutral admissions at public universities

A new report finds that race-neutral means have brought diversity to some public universities at a time when the Supreme Court is revisiting the use of affirmative action in the admissions process at colleges. 

Royals defeat AL Central champion Tigers

Alcides Esocbar and Jeff Francoeur homered for Kansas City on Tuesday night, and Salvador Perez had the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning. The Royals won 4-2 against the Detroit Tigers. 

Cardinals lose but clinch playoff spot anyway

St. Louis lost 3-1 to Cincinnati on Tuesday night, but clinched baseball's final postseason berth early Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 4-3 to San Francisco.

Amtrak's Missouri River Runner trains back on schedule

Amtrak said all of its Missouri River Runner trains will be back on their standard schedules after work was completed on Union Pacific tracks.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FEMA should extend housing seven more months

Now, Joplin's city leaders are asking FEMA to extend the current housing contract with the city, which expires on Nov. 9. Seven more months is all the city's asking.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill leaves food states hanging while candidates campaign

The current farm bill expires Sunday, leaving those who grow our food, serve rural areas and feed the poor wondering what the future holds — and planning for the future is what they all need to be able to do.


Jefferson City sporting goods store owner charged with arson

The fire occurred on Jan. 1, 2011, about one week after the store went out of business.

UPDATE: Judge declines to block Missouri law against disturbing worship

The law makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally disturb or interrupt a "house of worship" with profane language, rude or indecent behavior or noise. It carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

UPDATE: Backers of Missouri court changes drop campaign plans

Proponents of the measure said Tuesday that they would not appeal a court ruling rejecting their challenge to the official ballot summary prepared by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office.

US Fidelis president gets 8-year state prison term

Darain Atkinson was sentenced Monday in St. Charles on state charges of stealing and fraud.

Special April election to settle deer hunt dispute

 The election in April will be the first referendum in Cape Girardeau's history.

50 students removed from Kansas City school

The students were removed after fights broke out at the school Friday when students were in an auditorium because of false fire alarms.