Royals ace Shields showing he's a team leader

Even in spring training, Royals newcomer James Shields is showing that he was worth a risky offseason transaction.


Missouri Senate Democrats stall bill banning automatic withdrawal of union dues

Six states across the country have enacted laws that ban unions from deducting dues from its members' paychecks, and several more are looking into it. In Missouri, the law is stalled in the Senate.

Automatic federal budget cuts bring unintended consequences

The automatic spending cuts that took effect Friday might be another example of how government action, or inaction, historically has unexpected results.

Crows return to Midwest after West Nile die-off

The crow population is making a comeback after a West Nile outbreak more than a decade ago.

Boulevard Brewing gets new CEO in Kansas City

Mike Magoulas says his roots from rolling hundreds of hand trucks stacked with cases and kegs of brew into bars and restaurants has humbled him. He's ready to take some risks in at the brewing company, too.

Wentzville alum making moves in music world

Nearly seven years after graduating from the Wentzville school and serving in the Air Force, musician David Butler is well on his way to the national spotlight. On Feb. 9, he released his debut album "Arrivals & Departures."