Nell Atchley, Aug. 9, 1909 — Dec. 12, 2012, of Columbia

Nell Atchley died Dec. 12, 2012. She was 103.

Mickie Jenkins enjoyed helping others

Mickie Jenkins of Columbia died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. She was 88.

Curly Joe Harper, July 25, 1949 - Dec. 13, 2012, of Columbia

Curly Joe Harper of Columbia died Dec. 13, 2012. He was 63. A benefit memorial concert will be held Dec. 22.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Common Core State Standards detail new district academic expectations

Records from the Common Core Standards Initiative shows the new focus of Columbia Public Schools' curriculum and soon-to-be-developed state accountability tests.


Injury further opens wide receiver void for Chiefs

The Chiefs will be without leading wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for their game at Oakland, depriving them of their biggest downfield threat and only reliable option.

Akin owes nearly $270,000 from failed U.S. Senate bid

Despite being outspent 3-to-1 in his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, Rep. Todd Akin recently reported $268,830 in debt as the end of his term as a congressman draws nearer.

Seven government employees in Kansas City area charged with fraud

City government employees are facing federal wire fraud charges for using an insurance member benefit program to rack up thousands of dollars in gift cards.

Missouri hospitals provided $1.1 billion in uncompensated care

The Missouri Hospital Association says the figure includes $623 million of charity care provided at 129 hospitals, an increase of about 400 percent since 2004.

Rams' streak continues despite offensive struggles

Offensive inefficiencies have forced the defense and special teams to carry the load for the Rams, especially in the three-game winning streak they will take into their game against Minnesota on Sunday.

St. Louis County collector delinquent in taxes

Stacey Bailey and her husband together owe $2,253 in back taxes on their jointly-owned cars, and her husband owes $2,549 on a third vehicle.

Trial set in fatal St. Louis 'knockout game' attack

In the knockout game, people are picked at random and beaten. The attacks are sometimes captured on cell phone video, and some have been posted on social media sites.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: An inauguration by and for the (corporate) people

Mr. Obama has decided that this year, he will solicit money directly from corporations to pay for the cost of the inaugural festivities.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: MoDOT mats along highway offer several benefits

MoDOT is now using mats made of recycled tires to control the growth of weeds and vegetation around highway sign posts. The action will save costs and improve safety.

Repair work finishing at Old Courthouse in St. Louis

The repairs were recently completed at a cost of nearly $3.5 million.

Kansas City voters approve funding for downtown streetcars

Voters approved a 1-cent sales tax increase and property tax increases to help pay for the $100 million streetcar system.

Greene County Sheriff launches smartphone app

Called "MOGreeneSO," the app gives smartphone users access to active Greene County warrants, a list of sex offenders and a crime-tip hotline.

Auditor reviews Missouri Conservation Department

An audit released by Auditor Tom Schweich's office last December rated the Conservation Department's overall performance as "good."