2013 NCAA baseball favorites eye new season

Defending champion Arizona has lost key players, but says it has a good a chance as teams like Arkansas, North Carolina and Vanderbilt to make it to the College World Series.

Cardinals, Wainwright hope to finalize contract deal before opening day

Adam Wainwright, 31, who is in the final year of a contact plus extension that will have paid him $36 million over six years, said he hopes talks will not become drawn out.

Obama tells Congress: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

In specific proposals for his second term, President Barack Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation's roads and bridges, the first increase in the minimum wage in six years and expansion of early education to every American 4-year-old.

Missouri lawmakers endorse Sunshine Law measures

Lawmakers endorsed separate measures Tuesday that would alter provisions of the state's Sunshine Law. Some of the new provisions would require greater notice of government meetings and flight details of elected officials.


Study questions kidney cancer treatment in elderly

An observational study of people suffering from kidney cancer — involving people 66-years-old or older, an age group in which half of all kidney cancers occur — found that people with small kidney tumors were much less likely to die over the next five years when they chose monitoring instead of operating on the tumor right away.

Lutheran Church Synod leader apologizes for Newtown pastor reprimand

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison reprimanded an interfaith prayer vigil, which incited outrage among bloggers and social media posters. Harrison apologized for the reprimand Monday.

North Korea conducts third nuke test

The underground test, which set off powerful seismic waves, drew immediate condemnation from Washington, the U.N. and others. Even its only major ally, China, voiced opposition.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: MU Police Department blotter, daily activity log

The MU Police Department's blotter is an excellent way to obtain information and stay up-to-date with recent campus police activity.

Missouri senator seeks to move primary elections to June

State Sen. John Lamping said a June primary would give candidates more time to communicate with voters before the November general elections.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri tearing down barriers to energy efficiency

Common sense would dictate that our electric utilities — which largely decide what resources to invest in for providing electricity services — should make energy efficiency a top priority, invest in all of the cost-effective energy efficiency it can possibly capture, and only then invest in more costly power plants

WHAT OTHERS SAY: For a relaxing time, ride along U.S. 36 corridor

A new bike route along the corridor that emphasizes historical landmarks makes the trip from St. Joseph to Hannibal a peaceful and interesting ride.


In State of the Union, Obama expected to stress jobs, gun control

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings and with the economy still struggling to make a comeback, the president will address proposals to increase gun control and boost job numbers.

Gov. Nixon proposes $3 million for drug task forces

The governor's budget plan for next year would provide $3 million for drug task forces — a move he said is necessary because of a planned cut in federal funding.

Missouri Senate committee to take up prevailing wage

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dan Brown of Rolla would eliminate the wage used by cities, counties and other government entities to pay for construction projects.

WATCH LIVE VIDEO: Obama delivers State of the Union address

President Barack Obama is delivering the State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening in Washington. YouTube is streaming live video of the president's speech from the White House website.

Columbia School Board continues transportation discussions

The proposal, which would start high school students' school days at 9 a.m., could be voted on at the Columbia School Board meeting on March 11. 

Caucus meets to discuss poor oral health in Missouri

The Missouri General Assembly Oral Health Caucus discussed improving oral health programs and the creation of a position for a state dental director.

Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI draws reaction from Columbia Catholics

Local Catholics respond to the announced resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Monday.

High winds ruffle resting red-tailed hawk's feathers

Wind speeds were between 15 and 20 mph on Monday, according to the National Weather Service, with gusts reaching 30 mph.

Papal resignation opens door to many contenders

Bishops and cardinals are considering looking outside the Northern Hemisphere for their new pope, in areas such as Latin America or Africa that have an enthusiasm about faith, while Europe remains in its period of "cultural tiredness."