WORLD BRIEFLY: Syrian rebels mark 2-year anniversary of uprising

A Syrian rebel leader marked the second anniversary of the start of the uprising against President Bashar-Assad on Friday. GOP Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio, announced his support for gay marriage.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman holds pep rally in advance of boys basketball semifinal

The Hickman boys basketball team plays Rockhurst.

Email exchange hints at Missouri GOP rift

Missouri Republican chairman Ed Martin sent an email this week chastising recent activity among some Republican senators.

FROM READERS: Professor discusses pros and cons of Paleo diet for athletes

Pam Hinton is an associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU. She details the potential costs and benefits of starting a Paleo diet for endurance athletes.

NORDYNE plant moving from Poplar Bluff, Boonville

The manufacturing company says employees will receive severance pay, extended health insurance coverage and outplacement services.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Enforcement effort focuses on unbelted teen drivers

Jefferson City police officers will participate from Friday through March 31 in a statewide effort to crack down on unbelted teen drivers.

Missouri Senate approves additional spending for year

There is money to pay for a supplemental budget because state revenues have been higher than initially expected.

Band director saves bus full of students after driver passes out

The bus driver passed out due to a medical condition while transporting 40 students and six adults to Florida. There were no injuries.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sexual assault is criminal; generals don't get to decide

There is no difference between sexual assault in the military and in the civilian sector. There can be no distinction made between the need to protect women — and the occasional man — in civilian life and those who are working to protect us in the military.

Harry S. Truman sites close, reduce hours because of federal budget cuts

The National Parks Services said beginning March 24, Truman's House in Independence will be closed on Sundays, Mondays and all federal holidays.

Kansas City fire department changes response rules for gas leaks

Fire Chief Paul Berardi said Thursday that a battalion chief and a fire truck equipped with gas level monitoring equipment will be sent on any call involving possible natural gas leaks.

Missouri Congress members question air tower closures

The Congress members want the FAA to explain why airports with contracted control towers should receive larger cuts.

Thunderstorm, tornado warnings to be enhanced

Officials said the goal is to give the public a better idea of the potential impact of a storm.

Missouri men's basketball stalls in quarterfinals of SEC tournament

The Tigers couldn't hold off Ole Miss in a 64-62 loss on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

Missouri House approves pipeline resolution

The resolution approved by the state House urges President Barack Obama to approve an application for a pipeline from TransCanada.

Hickman, Rock Bridge high schools host pep rallies in advance of games

Two area high schools hosted pep rallies Friday to celebrate the Hickman boys basketball state semifinal game and the Rock Bridge girls state semifinal game.