More fiscal clashes loom as new Congress opens

House Speaker John Boehner implored the assembly of newcomers and veterans in the 113th Congress to tackle the nation's heavy burden of debt at long last.

School starts at new building for Sandy Hook kids

Returning students, teachers and administrators were met by a large police presence outside their new school in the neighboring town of Monroe.

Crews break ground on I-64 replacement bridge

The new Daniel Boone Bridge near Chesterfield is expected to be completed in late 2015, but officials say it will be open for traffic by the end of next year.

Zoo count begins: No creature too small to count

The same scene was being repeated at zoos throughout Britain on Thursday — the census is nationwide. No stone is left unturned, lest there be a beetle below.

Missouri town weighs age requirement for entering bars

A city ordinance now sets the minimum age for entering bars at 19, even though the drinking age is 21.

Joplin Airport will use larger jets

The airport announced Wednesday the U.S. Department of Transportation renewed a contract for Essential Air Service with American Eagle.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Popping a Wile E. Coyote parachute at the fiscal cliff

Americans deserve better than this bill. They deserve a serious attempt to address long-term debt and spending issues and budget reform. They deserve a serious debate over fair taxation and income inequality.

Releases into the Missouri River will be decreased

Officials said last month that the water flow needed to be increased because ice forming on the river would reduce the flow. Now the weather has improved enough to alleviate the ice concerns.

Prostitution case dropped against Missouri principal

Police alleged Pat Martin agreed to pay a woman he met at a hotel for sex acts. The woman was a Kansas City police detective.

Lofts at 308 Ninth rent to eight businesses

Eight businesses will be renting space in Lofts on 308 Ninth. Businesses include International Tap House, a bar; Blenders, a local smoothie company; Tiger Credit Union; Varsity Nails; a Chinese restaurant; and a Subway sandwich restaurant

Airport Advisory Board discusses buying land for runway extension

The Columbia Regional Airport's runways must be lengthened and improved for service and safety reasons, said Gregory Cecil, chairman of the Airport Advisory Board.

UPDATE: Fall did not cause MU student Michael Heney's death, coroner says

An autopsy conducted Wednesday did not reveal any definitive cause of death, according to the Madison County coroner.

Extraordinary snowfall needed to relieve drought, but it's not likely

Despite getting some big storms last month, much of the U.S. is still desperate for relief from the nation's longest dry spell in decades. And experts say it will take an absurd amount of snow to ease the woes of farmers and ranchers.

Wolfe announces administrative changes for UM System

The office of vice president of academic affairs will be merged with the vice president of research and economic development. Strategic communications and government relations will be combined into a department called university relations.

Hickman girls basketball rolls to 11th win

Hickman girls basketball team rolled to a 48-27 win over St. Joseph Benton on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: Cliff deal is another pain-free punt

The deal reached between Obama and congressional Republicans continues to let Americans enjoy relatively high levels of government service at low levels of taxation.

MU Center for Agroforestry to host weather disaster symposium

The MU Center for Agroforestry will hold a symposium about understanding and adapting to extreme weather events.

J. KARL MILLER: Things we can do without in 2013

The columnist's pet peeves include ads from ambulance-chasing attorneys, TV commercials promising relief from debt, strident global-warming declarations and the behavior of bicyclists who believe they are exempt from traffic lights.

DAVID ROSMAN: Who's to blame for the fools on the hill?

Our lawmakers in Washington and Jefferson City are putting more effort into distracting us from our real problems than solving them.

Dwayne White was passionate about blues and gospel

Dwayne White was a light-hearted man who loved to sing and dance to music by Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.