FROM READERS: There are many choices for the modern parent

Lots of progress has been made in the present day parenting world. Traditional roles have been challenged.

Lisa Smith, Dec. 13, 1964 — Jan. 27, 2013, of Columbia

Funeral arrangements are pending at the H.T. May & Son Funeral Home in Columbia.

Blues bombard Blue Jackets in first period en route to win

Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko all scored in the first 14 minutes for the Blues, who improved to 6-1.

Nixon receives type of donation he decried during State of the State

From mid-December through this week, Nixon received $295,000 of contributions from 16 donors who gave at least $10,000 each, according to online records of the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Missouri Senate passes new tax credit to attract major sporting events

The Missouri Senate passed a bill Thursday that could help lure big sporting events to the state. The legislation would reimburse the sporting event's sponsors $5 for every ticket sold. An additional bill that reinstates tax credits to certain charities was also passed by the Senate.

City attorney to retire after 26 years on the job

Friday will mark the end of Fred Boeckmann's lengthy and influential run as Columbia's city attorney.

Stephens basketball nets second conference win

The Stephens women's basketball team recorded its second American Midwest Conference victory of the season with a 49-40 win Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange.

27 years later, remains near river identified

Franklin County authorities determined Monday that the victim was then 61-year-old Elbert Embry of Boonville.


Missouri senators hear new plans for air export aid

A Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a plan that would authorize up to $7.5 million of annual tax credits for air cargo exports.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: We laud Nixon for bold proposals in education funding, bond issue

Gov. Nixon has laid out his funding plans for 2013, but they are expected to be challenged by the Republican General Assembly.

U.S. challenges deal to merge Budweiser, Corona

The Justice Department argues the proposed $20.1 billion merger would lead to reduced market competition and higher beer prices.

Joplin storm survivors receive keys to new home

Convoy of Hope expects to hand over the keys to the eighth home in the project next week, with others to follow in coming months.

Groundbreaking next week for Ballpark Village

The first phase of the project received $17 million in state and city incentives. The Cardinals hope to open Ballpark Village in time for Opening Day in 2014.

Former Federal Reserve building in Kansas City set for auction

The move comes after a five-year effort by a developer to revive the building, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2007.

Grasslands, Providence Road projects stir controversy

A plan to knock down eight houses and construct new roads, add new signals and lengthen a turn lane on Providence Road in the Grasslands Neighborhood has the Historic Preservation Commission seeking alternatives and Fifth Ward council candidates debating the issue.

Missouri women's basketball player's funny side not always easy to see

The Tigers' Liene Priede grew up in Riga, Latvia and moved to the United States with aspirations to learn the language and play basketball. She has another dream as well — to become a comedian.

Missouri men's basketball rally falls short at LSU

Missouri rallied back from a 13-point halftime deficit but fell short in a 73-70 loss Wednesday at LSU.

Dispute over city information-sharing policy raises questions

Fourth Ward City Council candidate Bill Weitkemper is crying foul over a city policy of sharing information from candidates' records requests with their opponents. City Manager Mike Matthes, however, says it's a standard policy stemming from a need for neutrality.

FROM READERS: Classmates start Students' Say group to advocate for teen voices

High school students write about their expectations of involvement in school policies and the mixed messages they get from adults.

Fifth Ward council candidates seeking solutions for Columbia Transit

The city's Fifth Ward council candidates confront the bus system's ongoing scheduling and budget problems. They say a solution will be customized for Columbia and its residents' needs.