Barge companies plead for help on Mississippi River

Kentucky governor declines to ask for presidential disaster declaration but has asked the state's senators to sponsor legislation that would force the Army Corps of Engineers to release water from upstream dams.

Leukemia patient gets a super Christmas surprise

Santa and superheroes take on evil to create a special Christmas for 5-year-old leukemia patient (with lots of help from nursing staff and other conspirators) at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Travel discouraged in southeast Missouri

The National Weather Service placed 13 counties from the Bootheel to north of Cape Girardeau under a blizzard warning from Tuesday night to midday Wednesday.

Columbia teenager uses social media to raise money for ill parents

Through an online crowd-funding platform, 15-year-old Jodie Bappe was able to inspire people to donate more than $8,000 to help her family get through a tough financial situation.

Don't be fooled by January pay — higher taxes loom

As lawmakers in Washington try to reach a deal to prevent "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts, the IRS has delayed releasing income tax withholding tables for 2013.

Little time to celebrate for Missouri men's basketball team

The Tigers will need to play with the same intensity and focus they used against Illinois when they travel to play UCLA on Friday in Westwood, Calif.

Akin's gaffe tops busy year in Missouri news

Akin's ranking was no small feat in a year in which his headlines received competition from drought, the state's opposition to health care reform and a record lottery winner.

ROSE NOLEN: History shows that people continue push to secede

Allowing people who want to secede could help the country make up years of progress just by not having to listen to the negativism these people espouse.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. It has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial.

Columbia on the day before Christmas

Around Columbia, people stop to talk about Christmas Eve.

Missouri moves up to No. 7 in Associated Press rankings

With an 82-73 win on Saturday against Illinois, Missouri (10-1) jumped from No. 12 to No. 7 in the Associated Press poll released Monday.

Winter storm could bring snow to southern and eastern Missouri

Although mid-Missouri can expect some snow flurries, it is unlikely Columbia will see any real accumulation over Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Warming centers available in Columbia for those in need

The city's Public Health and Human Services Department has coordinated a network of warming centers around Columbia for those out in the cold.

Missouri's Bowers is SEC player of the week

Senior Laurence Bowers led Missouri basketball to wins over South Carolina State and No. 10 Illinois.


UPDATE: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon opposes guns in school

State Rep. Mike Kelley is happy his proposed legislation is sparking discussion.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri would benefit from Medicaid expansion

A recent state budget analysis adds more weight to the case for expanding Missouri’s Medicaid eligibility threshold, which currently is one of the nation’s lowest.

Website creator wants to help gamers reach next level in health, self-esteem

A former video game addict has created a website he hopes will motivate gamers to make positive lifestyle changes.

PHOTOS: Bellringer seeks holiday donations for Salvation Army

Salvation Army bellringer weathers cold for charity.

FROM READERS: My bus brother

Mel West, the director of the PET Project in Columbia, shares a story about a man he met in Costa Rica in 1986.

Kansas City settles lawsuit involving downtown airport

The deal, approved last week by the Kansas City City Council, gives Executive Beechcraft $2.5 million in rental credits through 2018.