UPDATE: Changes proposed to Missouri utility bill

The legislation would let utilities seek an infrastructure surcharge between formal rate cases.

Food Banks gets $1 million grant

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri in Columbia was one of four food banks in the state to receive a grant.

Few open jobs in Royals camp too close to call

The Royals have perhaps the fewest job competitions of any team in the major leagues this spring, mostly because they have one of the youngest, most promising groups of position players in the game.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny undergoes back surgery

The 42-year-old second-year coach needed to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.

Missouri state parks had 18 million visitors last year

Missouri has 80 state parks and historic sites. The annual visitor numbers are generated from reported monthly attendance at 67 of those parks.

Missouri House endorses health care conscience measure

House Speaker Tim Jones, who is sponsoring the legislation, said conscience rights are a bedrock principle that has been applied for a long time in the U.S. He said the legislation protects workers' rights and claimed support from both political parties and men and women.

Highway patrol: Two survivors swam out of Ohio crash

Two teens who escaped a crash that killed six friends in a swampy pond in Ohio wriggled out of the wreckage by smashing a rear window.

Earthquake shakes wide area of Southern California

The Monday morning quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7.

Sen. McCaskill probing Energy Department grants

Sen. Claire McCaskill said she has concerns about the agency's ability to oversee grants after recent reports that a grant intended for the manufacture of electric car batteries was used by a Michigan company to pay idle workers.

ANALYSIS: Missouri tax cut could benefit the wealthy

The proposed mixture of income tax cuts and sales tax hikes included in the Senate legislation could have a much larger benefit for the wealthy, particularly those running their own small businesses. But for seniors living on Social Security benefits, the proposed tax changes could end up costing more.

WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri basketball wins at home but loses road game

The Missouri men's basketball team suffered yet another road game loss after finishing with an undefeated home game season. Missouri baseball finally secured a win after a rough start to the season. 

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Windy day, baseketball, canine competitors

Last week's best images from Missourian photographers included scenes from a blustery day, Missouri men's basketball and athletes of a furrier variety at the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club's All Breed Dog Show.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri men's basketball team grabs readers' attention

Stories about or relating to Missouri men's basketball dominated the week's most read, registering seven of the top 10 most read stories during the week.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sunday rain, melting snow combine for muddy conditions in Columbia

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Spriggs in St. Louis, Columbia received 0.83 inches of rain through Sunday afternoon.

Rain denies Missouri softball team chance for redemption

The Missouri softball team will not get a chance to redeem itself after being run-ruled by Texas A&M Saturday at University Field.

Fate of Olympic wrestling an unpleasant distraction for Missouri's Dom Bradley

Tigers heavyweight wrestler Dom Bradley wants to focus on winning an NCAA title, but for the past month, he has been answering questions about the future of Olympic wrestling.

Missouri men's basketball looks ahead to SEC Tournament

Missouri will begin the postseason with the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Missouri will be the sixth of 14 seeds in the tournament.

Missouri wrestling earns first MAC championship

The Tigers, competing in their first Mid-American Conference tournament, dominated as four Missouri wrestlers earn individual championships

Columbia College softball has slow start at Gulf Coast Invitational

The Cougars started off with two losses Friday before returning Saturday with wins against Cumberland University and the University of Houston-Victoria. They lost 4-3 Sunday though to Louisiana State University-Alexandria.

Obama courtship of Republicans could help budget battle

Lawmakers cautioned that years of hurt feelings were unlikely to heal simply because President Barack Obama dined last week with Republican lawmakers. Obama hopes this week to woo lawmakers to help avert a coming budget showdown.