Lillie Fletcher lovingly cared for animals, family

Lillie Mae Fletcher died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at University Hospital. She was 79.

Lillie Mae Fletcher, Oct. 17, 1933 — Jan. 24, 2013, of Columbia

Jill Teresa Johnson, Aug. 28, 1975 — Jan. 20, 2013, of Columbia

Jill Teresa Johnson died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. She was 37.

Wallace Jackmon Sr., June 4, 1933 — Jan. 20, 2013, of Columbia

Wallace Jackmon Sr. of Columbia died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. He was 79.

Halak leads Blues to shutout win over Predators

Goalie Jaroslav Halak saved 13 shots for the Blues, who moved to 3-1 on the season.

Sports are a civil right for disabled, US Department of Education says

Under a new Department of Education directive, schools would be required modify athletic programs for students with disabilities.

1-cent sales tax proposed for Missouri transportation

Missouri's transportation commission chairman, Rudy Farber, proposed a 1-cent sales tax Thursday that would address shortfalls for roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs. Officials estimate cities and counties each could receive $396 million over 10 years.

Tax incentives to lure jobs across Missouri-Kansas border criticized

Good Jobs First, a Washington-based nonprofit, issued a report Thursday criticizing the practice of offering tax incentives to persuade businesses to relocate to new states, including Missouri and Kansas.

Missouri tax cut debate focuses on Kansas

Business lobbyists may praise proposals modeled on Kansas' tax cuts, Democrats, budget analysts and a teachers' union representative warn against adopting them.


THE GREAT RESET: Practically human: Can smart machines do your job?

Almost all the jobs disappearing are the mid-skill, mid-pay jobs — jobs with salaries ranging from $37,000 to $68,000 — that form the backbone of the middle class in developed countries in Europe, North America and Asia.

THE GREAT RESET: Imagining a future when machines have all the jobs

Martin Ford wrote a book called"The Lights in the Tunnel," which is about what would happen to the economy if machines keep replacing human workers.

Concerns about expensive airplane purchase stall Missouri cabinet nominee

Missouri senators question a $5.6 million airplane purchase by Doug Nelson, one of Gov. Jay Nixon's top appointees.

Report criticizes Missouri, Kansas business battle

The report cites the battle between Kansas and Missouri over businesses in the Kansas City area as the most intense "jobs border war" in the nation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Refine strategy to combat meth

Pseudoephedrine in medicines should be carefully tracked without causing collateral damage to cold sufferers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Coke still needs to get real

Coke's new commercials addressing obesity are just trying to conceal the truth behind their sugary drinks.

Missouri Senate panel mulls death penalty study

Proposed legislation would require the state auditor to compile a report comparing the costs of capital punishment with the costs of a life prison sentence.

Missouri leader removes fellow Democrat from committees

Rep. Jake Hummel said he replaced Rep. Penny Hubbard on four committees with other Democrats because of her actions Wednesday and additional past issues that have included her office space and other votes.

Bridge demolition in St. Louis delayed

The demolition has been delayed because of a possibility of precipitation on Sunday.