WHAT YOU SAID: Will higher cigarette costs affect smoking rates?

Readers join the conversation on how effective a higher cigarette tax would be.

Carpenter pitches Cards past Nats for 2-1 lead in NLDS

Chris Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Pete Kozma delivered a three-run home run, and the defending champion Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their NL division series.

French immersion program allows learning, teaching experience for intern

Alice Cordier is spending the year in an exchange program that allows her to teach French at La Petite Ecole and Columbia Independent School. Although she's the teacher at school, she says experiences have been learning opportunities for herself, too.

THE TRAIL: Signs of the times for mid-Missouri voters

Missourian photojournalists captured scenes from the campaign trail featuring images of signs supporting a variety of candidates for state and local elections.

Alex Jose Bermudez loved his church, nature and his family

Alex Bermudez, who served as the director of the MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory for seven years, enjoyed the solitude and peace he found while fishing.


Columbia College volleyball takes hold of conference lead with win over Missouri Baptist

The Columbia College Cougars claimed sole possession of the top spot in the American Midwest Conference and advanced to 10-0 in the conference and 20-1 overall.

New Rock Bridge volleyball player good fit for team

Before moving to Columbia, Bruins junior Hannah Krogman played in a national tournament with her club team from Wisconsin.

Deer deaths rise, but cold weather could slow death rate

Missouri deer are being killed by a severe outbreak of hemorrhagic disease, but cold weather may be bringing the infection to an end. 

Eleanor Dude, Oct. 5, 1920-Oct. 9, 2012, of Columbia

Eleanor Dude of Columbia died Oct. 9, 2012. She was 92.

Alex Bermudez, Feb. 25, 1957-Oct. 8, 2012, of Columbia

Alex Bermudezn of Columbia  died Oct. 8, 2012. He was 55.

VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Commissioner, sheriff, treasurer, out-of-state tax on ballot in Saline County

Residents of Saline County will vote for a county commissioner, sheriff, treasurer and out-of-state use tax.

Rams need team effort to replace wide receiver Amendola

Danny Amendola is eighth in the NFL in receptions, averaging 12.2 yards with two touchdowns. He could be out six weeks with a collarbone injury.

Coach Crennel shares Chiefs fans' frustrations

"The majority of the Chiefs fans are not going to cheer a player getting hurt. I think the majority of Chiefs fans support the Chiefs," coach Romeo Crennel said. "Are they frustrated? Yes, they're frustrated, just like we're frustrated."

Chiefs' Quinn might make season debut against Tampa Bay on Sunday

Matt Cassel has not been cleared by doctors to participate in practice this week, so the Chiefs are planning on Brady Quinn to start Sunday at Tampa Bay. It will be the first time that he's started a game in the NFL since the 2009 season, when he was still with the Cleveland Browns.

Fed: Housing lifts growth in most U.S. regions

The Fed is buying mortgage bonds to lower longer-term rates, which could spur more borrowing and spending. Consumer spending drives nearly 70 percent of economic activity.

Pass defense a key ingredient in SEC football dominance

South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Alabama's A.J. McCarron are two of the nation's most efficient passers, and they could end up meeting in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Who wins the matchup — or even the chances of such a matchup occurring — likely depends on how well their respective teams defend the pass.


Tolton volleyball team wins

The Father Tolton Catholic girls volleyball team beat visiting Southern Boone, 25-20, 15-25, 25-23 on Wednesday night.

UPDATE: McCaskill launches ads against Akin featuring raped women

The ads refer to Todd Akin's August remarks about women having a biological defense against pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."

Government warns motorists about counterfeit air bags

NHTSA has compiled a list of dozens of vehicle makes and models for which counterfeit air bags might be available, but the agency cautioned that the full scope of the problem isn't clear yet and the list is expected to "evolve over time."

Kansas City attorney's posting of $1 million cash bond raises questions

Attorney Susan Van Note, who is awaiting trial for forging documents that lead to the death of her father, posted $1 million cash bond despite filing for bankruptcy three years ago.