Illinois senator assesses Mississippi River rock-removal effort

Sen. Dick Durbin and newly elected Rep. Bill Enyart, both Democrats, were briefed by the Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard about the work before touring by boat the site near Thebes in southern Illinois that has grown especially worrisome to the barge industry.

ANALYSIS: State tax-cut plans tempered by caution in 2013

In many states, the exuberance to cut taxes during the 2013 legislative session suddenly has been chilled by worry about the potential consequences. Cautious state officials are now talking about the need for "thoughtfulness."

Junior college basketball player commits to Missouri

Missouri's newest recruit Keanau Post was described by his coach, Jay Harrington, as a mobile and athletic 6-foot-11 260-pound player.

Missouri moves up to No. 10 in the AP Rankings

Missouri remains the highest ranked team in the SEC, with Florida right behind the Tigers at No. 11.

Missouri basketball's Pressey named SEC player of the week

Phil Pressey scored a career-high 26 points against Bucknell. The Tigers play again at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

GENE ROBERTSON: In wake of Newtown, support and nurture young people

Arming and disarming are but empty gestures if people grow up in an environment that indicates the way to address issues is to win and make someone or something lose.

Ready...Set...Learn! works to instill love of education

Annika Lunceford and Katie Pease opened a new early childhood learning center in Columbia that enrolls children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and can handle up to 44 children.

Nixon to give Missouri State of State speech Jan. 28

The speech, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., will outline the governor's proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year and discuss his policy proposals.

FROM READERS: How an app is born

Missourian reader Luke Miller, developer of a camera-sharing and picture-taking app, shares how he turned the idea from a concept into a full-fledged product.

Car hits Tiger Tots center on Paris Road

The accident caused an estimated damage of about $10,000, said Paul Prevo, the owner of Tiger Tots.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia Public Schools bond tracker shows district's capital projects

Columbia Public Schools shows a list of its capital projects funded by bond issues that have been passed since April 2010.

Alabama bashes Notre Dame in BCS title game

Quieting the Irish on the first drive, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years.

Education advocacy group gives Missouri low marks

A report by StudentsFirst says the state should make teacher effectiveness the driving factor in decisions about pay, tenure or layoffs.

Deal restores severance pay for military gays

The American Civil Liberties Union said the $2.4 million settlement covers more than 180 veterans who received only half of their separation pay under a policy that went into effect in 1991, two years before "don't ask, don't tell" became law.

U.S. Supreme Court hears dispute over class actions

The court on Monday questioned efforts by consumers' lawyers to limit the amount of money sought in class-action lawsuits so they are heard in state courts rather than more business-friendly federal court.

Chiefs introduce Andy Reid as new head coach

Andy Reid was introduced on Monday at a packed news conference at Arrowhead Stadium, taking over a once-proud franchise that went 2-14 last season and hasn't won a playoff game since 1993.

Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

It's the first reliable tally of the number of worlds outside the solar system that are the size of Earth, but the hunt for Earth's twin is far from over.


Springfield to get new rehabilitation hospital

The Mercy Hospital system says the 63,000-square-foot facility will be located in southeastern Springfield.

Mom goes viral with son's phone code of conduct

Written code of conduct for iPhone use places mommy blogger at the center of the debate over how parents should handle technology in the hands of their teens.

Fewer gun buyers seen in U.S. mass shooting states

People who lived in the two states that saw the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012 were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than those in most other states, according to FBI data.