FROM READERS: MU student shares her thoughts on 'Going DMald' for the kids

Jessica Plumart reflects on the experience of shaving her head at MU Dance Marathon's Main Event in a show of support for the Miracle Kids of MU Children's Hospital.

Alex Smith makes practice debut with Chiefs

Alex Smith, who is preparing for his first season as the Chiefs quarterback, participated in a minicamp with his new teammates Thursday.


Blues' Elliott smothers Coyotes in shootout to cement win

David Perron also scored his first goal in 17 games for the Blues.


Beltran's late homer lifts Cardinals over Phillies

Adam Wainwright also pitched seven innings, giving up three runs and nine hits, in the victory.

Falcons' Moore arrested on simple battery charge

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore, a former standout for the Missouri football team, was arrested Thursday. No details of the arrest were immediately available.

WORLD BRIEFLY: FBI releases images of suspects in Boston bombing

The FBI has released images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and the death toll from the Texas fertilizer plant explosion is still unclear.

Obama, victims' families thwarted by gun rights advocates

The National Rifle Association and its energized supporters coaxed the Senate into rejecting expanded background checks for gun buyers.

UPDATE: Gun advocates rally as Missouri House approves legislation

Several hundred gun-rights advocates rallied at the state Capitol as the Missouri House voted to allow certain school personnel to carry concealed weapons in school buildings.

NASA sees distant planets that seem ideal for life

The two planets, 1,200 light-years away, are the best candidates for habitable planets astronomers have found so far and circle a star that is 2.5 billion years older than the Sun.

UPDATE: FBI releases video, photos of suspects in Boston Marathon bombings

Earlier, at an interfaith service honoring the victims, President Barack Obama sought to inspire a stricken city and comfort an unnerved nation, declaring that Boston "will run again."

Judge refuses to order Gov. Jay Nixon deposed in '90 case

Nixon's official duties will not be interrupted by Mark Woodworth's third murder trial. Lawyers for Woodworth motioned to have Nixon testify about a series of letters between prosecutors and Robertson's husband. 

Local housing industry shows signs of bouncing back

Home sales in 2012 were the highest since 2007, and those in the housing industry say Columbia has reached a place of steady, healthy growth.

UPDATE: Rescuers search ruins of Texas fertilizer plant after explosion

Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton described ongoing search-and-rescue efforts as "tedious and time-consuming," noting crews had to shore up much of the wreckage before going in.

Tuning in: Twitter launches #music app

Users who follow musicians can see other artists those musicians follow and can listen to 30-second clips of songs by them.

From Rockies to Rust Belt, storm brings extremes

In the Plains and Midwest, seemingly every community was under some sort of watch or warning.

Columbia hospitals expand in recent years

MU Health Care, Boone Hospital Center and Truman Veterans Hospital have spent about $347.5 million on new parking garages, technology, lobbies, exteriors and towers.

Senators unveil sweeping immigration bill

Four Democratic and four Republican senators formally unveiled a sweeping immigration bill Thursday, arguing that widespread support will help the bill succeed in Congress.

Drought eases in Midwest, but Texas still dry

Heavy rain across the Midwest has eased drought conditions in some areas.

Recently elected lawmakers to join Missouri House

Democrat Joshua Peters and Republican Mike Moon won special elections this month.

Missouri senator says 'food Nazis' block chili suppers

Republican Sen. Mike Cunningham of Rogersville is sponsoring legislation that would let nonprofit groups prepare food in private homes and bring it to charitable fundraisers.