Columbia, other smaller cities gamble with revenue guarantees in air-service agreements

Weeks after Columbia city officials and American Airlines completed a deal to provide service to the Columbia Regional Airport, Delta Air Lines announced it was leaving the market. 


Most U.S. taxpayers won't be able to escape 'fiscal cliff'

A package of tax increases and spending cuts, known as the "fiscal cliff," would take effect in January unless Congress passes a new budget deal before then. 


Corps of Engineers plans Missouri River flow reduction

The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir. Gov. Jay Nixon said that could create an "economic disaster" for farming, fuel and other interests that use the river to ship goods.

Missouri counties struggling for approval of 'use tax'

Voters defeated so-called use taxes in six of the eight counties that placed them on the ballot last week.

Missouri girl, 4, brings toys to NYC storm victims

In three days, the Schells and their neighbors collected enough money to buy 1,800 stuffed animals.

St. Louis mayor still hopeful on China hub

For years, plans have been discussed to develop Lambert Airport as key arrival and departure point for buying and selling goods with China.

Legislative committees to meet at Missouri Capitol

A special House committee on government contracting scheduled a hearing Tuesday on fee offices.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate confronts a stealth attack on financial regulation

The Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act (S. 3468) is made more awful by the fact that it has at least some bipartisan support.

Oklahoma prison escapee recaptured near Joplin

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said 27-year-old Alvin Boyer was found hiding in the attic of a home Monday afternoon on the south side of Joplin.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New China leader is a mystery

Xi will take the reins at a time of growing stress. Growth is slowing. Corruption remains endemic. Protests are common. The banking system remains a tool of the state.

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: Petraeus sex scandal widens; Congress faces 'fiscal cliff'

The Missourian offers some of the top The Associated Press stories from Tuesday.