Joyce Anne Walker, Nov. 6, 1931 — May 11, 2013, of Columbia

Joyce Anne Walker taught drama at Hickman High School for more than 30 years and considered herself a life long Kewpie.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time is running out to fix Second Injury Fund

The fund is part of the way workers are compensated for serious work-related injuries whch leave them permanently unable to work. Sadly, the fund is now bankrupt.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to the MU community

A fundraising lunch raised more than $6,000 in donations for a young couple struggling to pay for cancer treatment. Donations are still being contributed.

'Balanced literacy' approach wins reading wars in Columbia schools

"Balanced literacy" is designed to draw on the best of two philosophies about teaching children to read — one that is "phonics-based" and another researchers call "whole language."

FROM READERS: Mid-Missouri lifer rides his bike for victims of natural disasters

Theo Holtwick will be riding in a 800-mile bike ride between Joplin and New Orleans to raise funds for those displaced by the Joplin tornado and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Margaret A. Misiak, Jan. 11, 1930 — May 12, 2013, of Columbia

There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, with a service to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery immediately after the Memorial Service.

RV fire displaces family from mobile home

The residents of the home, Sharon Sardis and her daughter, were not injured.

Missouri lawmakers approve tougher abortion drug rules

On Monday, the House voted 115-39 to give the measure final approval and send it to Gov. Jay Nixon. The legislation passed the Senate last week on a vote of 23-7, with Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposing it.

More local athletes qualify for girls track and field state championships

Nicole Neville, a senior, finished first in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes last week at the Class 1 Sectional 3 tournament. Davis Atkins, a freshman, finished fourth in the 800-meter run to qualify for her first trip to the state tournament.


USDA: Corn plantings pick up but still behind

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its weekly update of the nation's crop progress, said 28 percent of U.S. cornfields have been planted, more than double the 12 percent of just a week earlier, but corn sowing continues to lag across the nation's breadbasket.

Budget surpluses spur tension in some GOP states

Some Republicans now are feeling pressure to spend newfound money on roads, buildings and schools that had been neglected or cut during the recession-induced downturn.

Armed robbery suspect flees Motel 6

The man demanded money and ran away when the clerk told him the motel didn't have cash.

Wigginton's dash boosts Cardinals past Mets

Ty Wigginton never stopped running on Matt Carpenter's seventh-inning single, and his head-first slide barely beat the tag to snap a tie in the eventual 6-3 victory. 

Missouri lawmakers seek to reinstate local tax for vehicles

Lawmakers gave final legislative approval Monday to the most recent effort to allow cities and counties to continue their local taxes. It was paired this time with the creation of a new relief fund aimed particularly at the Joplin tornado. Gov. Jay Nixon twice has vetoed previous efforts dealing with local vehicle taxes.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Obama condemns IRS targeting, 'political slideshow' of Benghazi criticism

Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of the first-degree murder of three babies delivered alive and then killed with scissors; the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of Associated Press phone records; O.J. Simpson returned to court in Las Vegas; New Orleans police made progress in Mother's Day shooting investigation; and more stories are in today's World Briefly.

Popular psychologist Joyce Brothers dead at 85

Brothers died Monday of respiratory failure in New York City.

Union members' fee bill goes to Governor

Unions would need to get annual consent from members before they can automatically deduct fees from paychecks or spend fees on political activities, including campaign contributions.

High court rules for Monsanto in patent case

While Monsanto won this case, the court refused to make a sweeping decision that would cover other self-replicating technologies like DNA molecules and nanotechnologies.

Huge drug cost disparities seen in health overhaul

To try to keep premiums low, some states are allowing insurers to charge patients a hefty share of the cost for expensive medications used to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other life-altering chronic diseases.

Monday last day for morning-after pill appeal

If the government fails to appeal, it would clear the way for over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill to younger girls.