Charles F. Pinney Jr., May 1, 1943 — April 23, 2013, of Columbia

30 years after Education Department report, American schools still falter

"A Nation at Risk," the report issued 30 years ago this week by President Ronald Reagan's Education Department, was meant as a wake-up call for the country. But its warnings still reverberate today, with 1 in 4 Americans failing to earn a high school degree on time and the U.S. lagging other countries in the percentage of young people who complete college.

Janet Riley loved animals, opened her home to family

Janet Riley died Monday, April 22, 2013, in Columbia. She was 79.

Janet Riley, Jan. 17, 1934 — April 25, 2013, of Columbia

Janet Riley worked in childcare and enjoyed her dogs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Providence Road traffic must be managed

Delay in making decision about Providence Road safety just delays making the road safer, too.

FROM READERS: A collection of photos from Eagle Bluffs

Robert Behne has been taking pictures at Eagle Bluffs for many years, ever since his mother first showed him the area 20 years ago.

FROM READERS: Stephens environmental club raises recycling awareness with children on Earth Day

Women of the Earth began this fall as a way to let students work with facilities to promote earth-friendly efforts on campus, said freshman Maile Wortham, the group’s president. She's hoping the club continues to grow over time.

Senators endorse Missouri higher education funding formula

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education and each school would collaborate on developing their performance measures by July 2014.

Boston Marathon bombing investigation extends to Russia

U.S. investigators hope to gain more information through contact with the parents of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Russia.

Cardinals beat Strasburg, Nationals 4-2 for sweep

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon, completing the three-game sweep.

Cautious relief in Midwest as river levels fall

Peoria Heights, Ill., leaders are reluctant to issue an all-clear because of the significant pressure that extended high water levels can put on levees.


UPDATE: Missouri House tries to outlaw the enforcement of federal gun laws

House Republicans assert that federal gun policies and proposals infringe on the Second Amendment rights to bear arms.


Missouri Department of Social Services backs down on welfare contract

The contract aimed to move people from welfare programs onto federal disability payments.

10 things to know for Wednesday, April 24

A relative of Tamerlan Tsarnaev says the bombing suspect was steered toward a strict strain of Islam. In other news, charges have been dropped against the suspect accused of sending poison-filled letters to President Barack Obama.

Chiefs could make rare choice of offensive tackle at No. 1

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, only twice has an offensive lineman been selected first overall in the draft — Orlando Pace in 1997 and Jake Long in 2008.

Missouri House bill bars copying death scene photos

Copies could not be made of anything depicting a deceased person who was dismembered, decapitated, mutilated or whose genitals were exposed.

Missouri House passes bill seeking to put photo IDs on welfare cards

The bill would also prohibit welfare recipients from spending cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment establishments.

Poll: Aging Americans in denial about long-term care need

The poll found that two-thirds of people 40 and over have done little to no planning for the pricey reality of aging.

MU doctor training program in Joplin resumes

The May 2011 tornado destroyed housing for university medical students who were training with physicians in southwest Missouri.

Tigers top Royals and Valverde returns

With the return of Jose Valverde, Detroit rallied to beat Kansas City 7-5.