LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Focus should be on Jefferson Junior High gym, not elementary school

Jefferson Junior High School's gym is in need of serious upgrades and should be a top agenda item for Columbia Public Schools.


FROM READERS: MU students write, direct and star in St. Thomas More Newman Center musical

Bridget Kapp, an MU senior, is directing the Newman Week Musical, "History of the Bible: Part II," at the St. Thomas More Newman Center. She gives some insight into what her involvement with Newman Week has meant to her.

Mrazek leads Red Wings past Blues in NHL debut

In his first start in net for Detroit, 20-year-old goalie Petr Mrazek made 26 saves and allowed only one goal in Detroit's 5-1 win over St. Louis.

Southern diet, fried foods may raise stroke risk

Blacks are five times more likely than whites to have the dietary patterns linked with the highest stroke risk, a new study finds.

U.S. Senate launching bipartisan Mississippi River Caucus

Leaders from 10 states along the Mississippi River will be part of a caucus launched to help commerce and address flooding and drought issues.

Tragedy for dinosaurs was opportunity for mammals

Two new studies shed light on what happened to the dinosaurs after a comet or asteroid smashed into the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ending Saturday mail service is the right thing to do

With the U.S. Postal Service losing billions of dollars a year, and mail volume down, Congress has decided that ending Saturday postal delivery might be the best way to ensure the service's survival.

Missouri House Republicans propose smoking policy

House rules require the Republican and Democratic caucuses to establish smoking policies for legislators' private offices.

150-foot asteroid will come close to Earth, but no need to duck

A massive asteroid will zip by Earth next Friday, but scientists at NASA's Near-Earth Object program say there is no chance of collision.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mental health services in Missouri need to be strengthened

In the wake of recent high-profile mass shootings, we should focus our attention on increasing mental health services, which is exactly what Gov. Nixon plans to do.

St. Louis grade school student caught with gun

Principal Nathalie Means said in a statement sent home to parents that the district will review its safety policies and procedures.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to headline Missouri GOP event again

The Missouri Republican Party said Gov. Bobby Jindal is to speak Feb. 16 at a banquet for its annual Lincoln Days conference in St. Louis.

TV ad focuses on Missouri utility legislation

The bill would let utilities request approval for a surcharge to get reimbursed for a variety of infrastructure projects.