Rock Bridge girls basketball takes control at Ozark

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team won 64-41 on Thursday night at Ozark to improve to 9-3 this season.

Missouri basketball's Pressey, Bowers named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

Tigers point guard Phil Pressey and forward Laurence Bowers were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list Thursday night.

Columbia College women's basketball rolls past Benedictine-Springfield

The Cougars (10-5, 3-0) started the game on an 18-2 run and led 50-12 at halftime on their way to a 99-40 victory Thursday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

St. Louis official seeks to reduce marijuana penalties

The alderman wants to reduce the time and money law enforcement spends on small marijuana possession cases.

Win at Wright City gives Tolton third straight victory

The Trailblazers (5-6) jumped to a 24-8 halftime advantage after holding Wright City scoreless in the second quarter.

Missouri Senate announces committees leaders

The Missouri Senate announced Thursday the leaders for the chamber's 18 committees. Majority Republicans will lead all but one of the panels.

'Smart' potty or dumb idea? Wacky gadgets at CES

An iPad to potty train your toddler, headphones that are louder than others, an eye-sensing TV and other gadgets are some of the strangest on display at the International CES show.

1 student shot at high school in California

Officials said the suspect is a student, and a shotgun was used in the attack.

Missouri ranks No. 41 in Education Week rankings

Missouri's overall grade was a C, up slightly from last year's grade of C minus.

Acclaimed writer Evan S. Connell has died at 88

Evan S. Connell, acclaimed author of "Mrs. Bridge" and "Mr. Bridge," was found dead Thursday in his Santa Fe, N.M., apartment. His niece, Donna Waller, said he likely died of old age. Connell was born in Kansas City, Mo.

'Lincoln' leads Oscar nominees with 12

"Amour," ''Argo," ''Beasts of the Southern Wild," ''Django Unchained," ''Les Miserables," ''Life of Pi," ''Silver Linings Playbook" and ''Zero Dark Thirty" made up the rest of the best picture nominees.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take action, state lawmakers, on Right to Work laws, tax credits, Medicaid

After too many years of gridlock, there are promises of action. We will be watching closely to see if they produce — and if what they produce promises to be good for Missouri.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Health care spending slows but not insurance costs

This is happening despite the fact that one of the main objectives of the Affordable Care Act was to stop skyrocketing health insurance costs for consumers. The law specifically seeks to prevent insurance companies from overcharging policyholders and requires that regulators review any request for a rate hike of 10 percent or more.

27 arrested in southeast Missouri drug roundup

Cape Girardeau Police spokesman Darin Hickey said the arrests were the result of a yearlong investigation involving federal, state and local law enforcement.

Sales tax plan likely dead in St. Charles County

A majority of St. Charles County Council members said Wednesday they will not likely put the sales tax issue on the April 2 ballot.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Proceed with caution on changing laws

The panel accurately characterized the issue of child sexual abuse as complex. In deference to that assessment, the report advances recommendations in the areas of awareness, education, mental health service, public policy and state statutes.

Boone County legislators outline goals for the 2013 session

John Wright and the two returning Democrats in the House, Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, and Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, seem aligned with the party's agenda, which is targeting Medicaid expansion under Gov. Jay Nixon's oversight. The two Republicans, Rowden and Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, join their colleagues in looking for ways to be business-friendly and improve education.


UPDATE: GOP-led legislature pledges to cut taxes, increase business opportunities

In all, there will be 12 state senators and 56 state House members who last year were not serving in their current legislative chamber.

Otts use tax credits, savvy to restore vitality to Columbia buildings

Business owners say preservationist John Ott is a visionary landlord unafraid to get his hands dirty.

Room at the Inn provides warm, safe place for homeless

Room at the Inn, a severe weather homeless shelter, reopened at a new location on Wilkes Boulevard on the first of the year. It operates from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until Feb. 28.