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.

Officials rescue more than 40 cats from Missouri home

Holts Summit police and animal rescue volunteers began removing the animals from the home Monday morning and will continue to take more animals to the shelter Tuesday.

Dogs search scene of fire near Kansas City's Country Club Plaza

More than a dozen people were injured in a natural gas explosion and resulting fire, which occurred just after 6 p.m. and destroyed a restaurant. As of late Tuesday, there were no reports of fatalities.

UPDATE: McDavid asks council to use surplus funds for 'Blind' Boone home renovations

Mayor Bob McDavid asked the City Council to use $500,000 of budget surplus to complete the renovation of the home at 10 N. Fourth St.

Alternative to Providence Road construction plan could save more than $1 million

City Council will hold a public hearing in two months on the possibility of rescinding the first phase of the Providence Road-Grasslands construction project, which was passed on Nov. 19.

Raymond Barnes, Feb. 13, 1937 — Feb. 17, 2013

Raymond Barnes, Feb. 13, 1937 — Feb. 17, 2013

Missouri House Democrats file bill to expand Medicaid coverage

An estimated $8.2 billion would come to the state from the federal government to pay for the expansion in the first seven years.

Rock Bridge boys basketball works to improve rebounding

In the Bruins' eight losses, their opponents are averaging 62.8 points per game.

Missouri freshman gymnast wins first event for Tigers

Miranda Eubank, a Louisville, Ky., native, won the uneven bars title at Friday's meet at the University of Kentucky.

Columbia Farmers' Market to remain at ARC on annual lease

An annual renewal of a lease for the farmers market will probably continue until a permanent pavilion is built.

Frontier Airlines' flights to Orlando will end in May

Mayor Bob McDavid said the decision is no surprise given that the flights were not profitable.

NCAA to move forward with University of Miami investigation

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Monday in a teleconference that, after an external review, the association would move forward with its investigation surrounding the University of Miami.

Boone Hospital announces new cancer center

The inpatient unit will cost $7.2 million, and construction will be completed in 2014.

Columbia, Boone County seek sales tax for 911, emergency management

The tax, which appears as Proposition 1 on the April ballot, would generate more than $9 million a year.

UM System, others give feedback on performance-funding model

The University of Missouri System and other groups worry the new funding method would affect not only new but also base funding.