Early morning fire displaces two families, kills two dogs

Two dogs died as residents escape from a burning home. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

Former Missouri standout Justin Smith set to return for 49ers

Justin Smith, a former standout at Missouri from 1998 to 2000, is expected to return to the field for Saturday night's NFC divisional playoff game between San Francisco and Green Bay.

Missouri witnesses recall man throwing victim's arms

Paul R. Potter, 49, of Kirksville, is also accused of setting fires to conceal the crime. He was charged Monday in Adair County with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with a motor vehicle and is being held on $1 million bond.

Missouri power plant makes polluter list

Ameren Missouri's Labadie Energy Center is located along the Missouri River in Franklin County. Last week's report from the Environmental Integrity Project says the plant emitted 795 pounds of mercury in 2011.

St. Louis Zoo seeks 'citizen scientists'

The zoo is encouraging people to become volunteers for a program called FrogWatch USA and monitor frogs and toads in their yards, parks, fields — anywhere they encounter them.

Sad end in mysterious abandoned baby case

Authorities are now searching for whoever killed 30-year-old Ebony Jackson.

Kansas City mom convicted of selling meth in children's' presence

A Clay County jury took only 40 minutes Tuesday to convict Lori Owsley of two counts of delivery of methamphetamines. Jurors recommended a 22-year prison sentence.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Awareness and training help protect children

Specifically, children can be taught basic, age-appropriate lessons on boundaries and inappropriate touching. Parents are urged to observe and monitor interactions between their children and other adolescents and adults.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ed Martin finally wins an election, to the shame of the GOP

Mainstream Republicans who hope to see their party regain statewide prowess are aghast at Mr. Martin’s election.