New rotation boosts hopes for Kansas City Royals

Among the 34 pitchers at spring training Monday were four starters — James Shields, Wade Davis, Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie — who were not with the Royals for spring training last year.

Cardinals' Chris Carpenter hasn't given up on pitching again

Carpenter, 37, is entering the second year of a two-year, $21 million contract and said he owed it the organization to keep trying. But after undergoing an eighth surgery last season that "absolutely" left concerns about long-term health, he said there would not be a ninth.

Missouri House panel considers change to worker lawsuits

A new measure, which would make it harder for employees to win workplace discrimination lawsuits, has been vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon twice but could pass now with a Republican-led legislature.

Study reveals surgery costs differ wildly across hospitals nationwide

A study published online Monday found surgery costs differ greatly from hospital to hospital across the nation, and many hospitals were not prepared to estimate surgery cost without an office visit.

Pope Benedict XVI announces retirement: What's next?

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he plans to retire effective Feb. 28, making him the first pope to resign in 600 years. As Catholics cling to tradition, many people are left wondering how the election process will proceed.


Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he's too infirm

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.

Casino general manager fights smoking ban on gambling floor

The St. Jo Frontier Casino would lose 25 percent to 30 percent of its revenue if it was required to follow a smoking ban, according to its general manager Craig Travers.

Missouri senators cite credit concerns about Medicaid

Moody's Investors Service assigned a negative outlook to the state's credit rating last week because of its link to the federal government.

Alone, together: Snowed in, in the age of hashtags

As Northeasterners posted photo after photo of kids sledding in Central Park and suburbanites conquering Mt. Snowmore with their shovels, West Coast wags teased with tweets of sunshine and snapshots of palm trees.

Officials urge caution around Missouri skunks

Skunks are one of the two primary carriers of the rabies virus in Missouri.

Key events in the life of Benedict XVI

Here are some key events in the life of a conservative pontiff who grappled with a global sex abuse scandal that exploded during his leadership.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Comprehensive approach to tax credits encouraged

The approach does more than look at the individual merits of a tax incentive — it compares them to other incentives on the spectrum.

After speech, supporters to promote Obama agenda

The White House will focus on using social media to engage the public on the proposals Obama will outline during the prime-time address Tuesday.

Missouri House to take up voter photo ID requirement

House Majority Leader John Diehl said he expects a proposed constitutional amendment mandating photo ID and a bill implementing the rule to be taken up on the House floor this week.

Columbia College runners earn impressive finishes

Cody Gorham was second and Devin Sander was third for the Cougars in the men's 1600-meter run Saturday at the Monmouth College Fighting Scot Invitational.

Missouri women's basketball team loses to Mississippi State

Missouri lost to Mississippi State 61-56 after beating No. 9 Tennessee a week prior by a 17-point margin.

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri basketball teams win at-home rematches

This week in Missouri sports, both men's and women's basketball went 1-1 in conference play. Both teams nabbed successful home games over teams who've beaten them on the road earlier in the season.

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS: Basketball games bring fighting, dancing

Last week's best images from Missourian photographers included fighting at the Missouri men's basketball game and dancing during halftime of the Hickman girls basketball game.

Frontier to add third weekly flight from Columbia to Orlando

The flights to Florida have proved popular since they began in November. The airline will offer them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning in April.

Pulitzer-winning photojournalist who documented his battle with cancer to visit MU

John Kaplan, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2008, will visit the Missouri School of Journalism on Monday to show his film, "Not As I Pictured," which documents his battle with cancer.