PHOTO GALLERY: Allen's Flowers prepares for Valentine's Day

Workers stayed late into the night Wednesday to fill orders for Valentine's Day deliveries. Watch a time-lapse video of employees filling orders.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Personification of leadership

In stepping down from his post as spiritual leader of 1.2 billion people, Pope Benedict XVI leaves behind a legacy of having embraced the modern, while respecting tradition.

Man charged in death of woman found at Ste. Genevieve motel

Curtis Smith is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kristi Murphy.

Tiger Garden stocks up on roses for Valentine's Day

In the lead up to Valentine's Day, the employees of Tiger Gardens prepare for large flower orders.

UPDATE: Missouri Democrats in flux for vacant U.S. House seat

State Rep. Linda Black, of Bonne Terre, announced Thursday that she would not seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.

UPDATE: Missouri House, Senate approve separate open records measures

Both chambers voted Thursday to shield public buildings' security plans and law enforcement guidelines for terrorism incidents from public records requests.

American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and will be based in Fort Worth, but US Airways CEO Doug Parker will run it.

More Missouri students receive career, tech education

Sixty-three percent of the state's high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A voter ID bill from a party that's lost its pride

There has never been a case in Missouri where a voter tried to impersonate someone else to cast a vote. Not once.

Olympian Oscar Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend

Reeva Steenkamp was shot four times in the predawn hours in Oscar Pistorius' home in a gated community in the capital of South Africa, police said.

Sen. McCaskill to lead expanded oversight panel

The subcommittee has been made permanent and broadened to provide oversight of spending at every federal agency.

Blunt threatens to block confirmation of next EPA administrator

The Missouri Republican and his Democratic colleague, Claire McCaskill, want resolution of the long-delayed St. John's Bayou/New Madrid Floodway project.

Kinder to launch website to find wasteful government spending

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder detailed plans for it while asking a legislative committee on Wednesday to increase his office budget by about $38,500 to get it back to its level in 2009.

Airport ceremony will be held to welcome American Airlines

The Chamber of Commerce will host a launch party at 4 p.m. at Columbia Regional Airport.