Desiree White died April 22, 2013

Desiree White, a passionate woman who loved her family, friends, music, and her cat, died Monday from a sudden illness.

Christopher C. Clark, 44, served in the Army and National Guard

Christopher C. Clark, 44, was born in Peoria, Ill. and was a graduate of Rock Bridge High School. 

FROM READERS: Columbia second-graders participate in Bird Day

Columbia second-graders learned about many different kinds of birds on April 25, as part of a collaboration between the Columbia Public Schools science office and several local organizations.



Christopher C. Clark, Feb. 25, 1969 — April 24, 2013, of Columbia

Christopher Clark graduated from Rock Bridge High School and joined the Army.

10 things to know for Friday, April 26

New York's mayor and police commissioner believe the Boston bombing suspects planned to target Times Square. In other news, the U.S. believes Syria may have used chemical weapons in its civil war.

Lynn, Beltran lead Cardinals over Pirates

Lance Lynn pitched seven innings of one-run ball to extend his winning streak to nine games and Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate to lead St. Louis to a 9-1 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Court issues mixed ruling on Missouri funeral protests

The appeals court said one law barring protests "in front of or about any location at which a funeral is held" violates First Amendment free speech rights because it creates a buffer zone of an undetermined size.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect out of hospital

The U.S. Marshals Service said Friday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center overnight and was taken to the Federal Medical Center Devens about 40 miles west of Boston.

Royals-Indians game rained out in Kansas City

The game will be made up on Sunday as a day-night doubleheader. The Royals, who lead the American League Central, have had six off days in the past 12 days.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's not stop immigration reform

The image of Mr. Tsarnaev and the limited understanding of his political thinking — mostly gleaned from friends, relatives and social media — is clouding Senate hearings on a bipartisan immigration proposal.

Catholics take their faith door to door in Missouri

Evangelization is central to the Christian mission, but for the average adherent the physical act of approaching a neighbor, work colleague or family member can be daunting.

College of the Ozarks wants debt-free students

During a time when most students are graduating from college with loan debt, College of the Ozarks, a private, four-year school of nearly 1,400 students near Branson, is swimming against the tide.

Missouri group serves up faith with a cup of coffee

Steve Youngblood, who also pastors a church in Burlington, Iowa, feels the marketplace ministry concept is on the cutting edge of modern worship.

Spring turkey season down slightly in Missouri

The Department of Conservation reports that 21,437 turkeys were taken during the first week of the season.

Westminster College receives $1 million gift

The president of the private college received a $500,000 check from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, with a commitment for a second gift of $500,000.

Insurance cards could go digital under Missouri bill

State senators passed legislation Thursday that would authorize drivers to show digital images of their proof-of-insurance cards to law enforcement officers.

Missouri bill prevents businesses from restricting guns

The bill would also protect business owners from liability for any injury or damage that results from allowing guns to be legally carried in cars.

Congress approves bill to end airport delays

The Federal Aviation Administration has furloughed the controllers as part of the government-wide, $85 billion spending cuts called the sequester.

George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.