Raymond Barnes was a father, grandfather

Mr. Barnes of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. He was 76.

Snow, sleet, ice predicted for Columbia area

Thursday’s winter storm is predicted to bring a mixture of precipitation to Columbia. The impact of the storm in the Columbia area will depend on the air temperature approximately 2,000 feet above the ground.

FROM READERS: Video celebrates Niedermeyer building history

Bob Taylor shares his personal history with the Niedermeyer building and his thoughts on a proposal to demolish it for student housing.

Sharks end Blues three-game winning streak

The San Jose Sharks beat the Blues 2-1 Tuesday to end a seven-game winless stretch. The Blues have dropped five consecutive home games and also had a three-game winning streak halted.

With No. 1 overall pick, Chiefs eyeing everyone as NFL combine opens

The consensus is that there's no quarterback worth taking with the first pick this year, even though it may be the Chiefs' most glaring need.

Royals' bullpen looking solid to begin season

With the addition of James Shields, Ervin Santana and Wade Davis to the rotation, the Kansas City bullpen may not have to work as many innings this season with the starters going deeper into games.

For fact-based Oscar-nominated films, how much fiction is OK?

Three fact-based films nominated for this year's best-picture Oscar — "Argo," "Lincoln," and "Zero Dark Thirty," — take liberties with historical fact.

Missouri House panel considers 1-cent sales tax for transportation

A penny increase to the state sales tax would generate nearly $8 billion over a decade and could support 270,000 jobs if approved by voters. A large portion of the sales tax revenue would fund projects to rebuild Missouri's infrastructure.

Cardinals' Furcal may not be ready for opening day

Furcal is working his way back from a strained elbow ligament suffered near the end of last season and may not be ready to go for the Cardinals on opening day.

Disappointing SEC looking at limited March Madness entries

With only one team ranked in the Top 25, the No. 5 Florida Gators, the SEC could have three or fewer teams in the NCAA tournament for only the second time in 23 years.

Missouri House bill would make proposing gun control illegal

Rep. Mike Leara of St. Louis County said Tuesday that he has no illusions that his bill actually will pass and become law.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Little urgency to avoid automatic spending cuts

In South Africa, Olympic track athlete Oscar Pistorius said in a hearing Tuesday he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder when he shot her to death.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New crack disparity law should apply to current cases

After passing laws to reduce the disparity between sentencing for individuals caught with crack cocaine and those caught with powder cocaine, it's time to be sure the new laws apply to crack cocaine cases already in the pipeline.

Missouri House endorses tax amnesty period

Officials would waive interest and penalties for those who pay their overdue taxes between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31.

Missouri Democrats pushing for early voting

A Missouri Senate committee considered two bills Monday that would allow people to vote at least two weeks prior to election day.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Important values can be found in outdoor activities

Outdoor activities offer a stellar opportunity for families — grandparents, parents and children — to spend time together.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers should seize opportunity to give second chance to foster children

A bill introduced by Sen. Jolie Justus would allow foster children to petition a judge to be readmitted to state custody.


Giraffe born, mother euthanized at Springfield zoo

Thirteen-year-old Kamili gave birth to her seventh calf Saturday afternoon, but her health declined and she was unable to stand Sunday afternoon.

Missouri Senate expands taxing authority for university

The bill would allow existing extension councils to form single or multi-county districts. The council would then be able to put a property tax on the ballot in its district.

Missouri House panel mulls child sex abuse measure

A House public safety committee considered a proposal Monday that would repeal the time requirement for sexual offenses that involve someone age 18 or younger.