GUEST COMMENTARY: Offshore tax loopholes must end to help US budget

Many American corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated accounting tricks to take advantage of loopholes in the tax code, leaving the rest of us to pick up the tab. With serious budget challenges before us, now is the time to put these tax loopholes to rest.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Red Cross Month recognizes volunteers

During the month of March, the American Red Cross recognizes its volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters as "Everyday Heroes."

FROM READERS: MU presents exploration of kinships in 'The Ballad of the Sad Cafe'

W. Arthur Mehrhoff, academic coordinator for the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, discusses the 7 p.m. showing of "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" on March 1. The film will be shown in 106 Pickard Hall in conjunction with the ninth annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium entitled "Claiming Kin."

37-pound tubby tabby in need of home

Tubby tabby, Biscuit, is on a diet and in search of a home. The overweight cat is currently at a St. Louis-area shelter.

New study shows increased gun violence in Missouri

A Johns Hopkins University professor  found that "sale-to-crime" rates have doubled since Missouri repealed its permit law.

Missouri House approves supplemental budget

The measure includes about $23 million from general state tax revenues, with much of the remainder coming from the federal government.

Cooper Union in New York City college might start charging tuition

The famed free is set to vote on tuition fees. Since 1902, the school has not charged pupils fees.


House panel plan would pay disability fund lawyers

Missouri's Second Injury Fund has a $25 million shortfall that is continuing to grow because its liabilities to injured workers exceed its revenues.

St. Louis invited to try for 2024 Olympics

It's an expensive longshot — the USOC said the bid process alone costs more than $10 million.

Bumblebee species across the Midwest appear to be disappearing

The American bumblebee appears to be disappearing across the Midwest, according to a recent study. Scientists say it could be a combination of disease and parasites that are causing the bumblebee's decline.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should not penalize people for sexual orientation

Tolerance is what makes our great, big heterogeneous country work. For all of these reasons — and more — it is wrong to continue to penalize people for their sexual orientation.

Group working to bring 2016 GOP convention to Kansas City

The bidding starts in March, and a decision on where to hold the convention could be made by the end of the year.

Deadline nears for wetlands program in Missouri

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program that gives landowners the opportunity to restore and enhance wetlands on their properties.