Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma and Arkansas

The National Weather Service reported two tornadoes on the ground near Perkins and Ripley in north central Oklahoma and another west of Oden, Ark.

Obama drawing attention to new student loan debate

The government's subsidized student loan program is back on the White House agenda one month before a scheduled interest rate increase.


Gov. Nixon says income tax cut could increase tax on prescriptions

Gov. Jay Nixon argued the bill could cost consumers $200 million a year.

Columbia man pleads not guilty to murder, drunken-driving charges

An accident killed a 19-year-old woman on U.S. 54 in March.

Missouri bill would allow MU Extension councils to levy property taxes

Extension groups could ask voters to approve funding options to help tight county budgets.

Missouri legislature officially ending 2013 session

The last bills of the session were passed May 17, but the Missouri Constitution sets today as the formal end.

McCaskill meets MU students today about cutting interest on loans

The senator is sponsoring a bill to reduce the federal student loan rate to 0.75 percent for a year.

Astronauts would face radiation threat on long Mars trip

Astronauts would be exposed to a high amount of radiation on a mission to Mars.


Police: Body of Missouri triplets' mother found

Jacque Sue Waller, the southeast Missouri mother of triplets, disappeared almost two years ago. Police found her body Wednesday.

UPDATE: Home Depot identifies worker killed in Mexico, Mo.

Kenny Baker was trying to repair a loading dock plate in the distribution center when the plate fell on him.

Uninsured, underinsured patients in Missouri remain desperate for dental care

In Missouri, the facts are bleak for patients who can't afford dental care. The legislature cut dental services from Medicaid in 2005 for most people in the program. As of 2010, the state ranked 41st in adult oral health care nationally.

Hickman student arrested for changing student's name in yearbook

Kaitlyn Booth, a 17-year-old junior, was arrested May 14 on suspicion of felony first-degree property damage and harassment after changing a fellow student's last name in the yearbook to a sexual term, according to a probable cause statement.

Hogsmeade Carnival at Hickman High School raises money for Eliminate Project

The Harry Potter-themed event included magical activities like wand decorating and a gnome toss to raise money for The Eliminate Project, which works to wipe out neonatal and maternal tetanus.

Como Disabilities Advocacy Network selects five priorities

Como Disabilities Advocacy Network members met Wednesday evening to finalize five issues they will prioritize this year. The issues are sidewalk improvements, online communication, housing, employment and parking.  

DEAR READER: Apostrophes under attack as being unnecessary, pesky

Since 1890, the Domestic Names Committee has been removing apostrophes from place names - here's why you should care.

Veterans hospital policies for responding to violent patients scrutinized

After a homicide at Truman Veterans Hospital in February, questions have been raised about the hospital's safety procedures and reporting of violent incidents. A March report raised some of the same questions about veterans hospitals in general. 

Two Rock Bridge seniors win college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships

Jacob Freyermuth is headed to the University of Minnesota to study physics and possibly math, while Lily Qian is headed to Northwestern University to study medicine and perhaps specialize in oncology or pathology.

State Farm spokesman deployed to Oklahoma to assess tornado damage

Jim Camoriano, a Columbia-based State Farm spokesman, is working in Oklahoma to help policyholders file claims for cars and homes.

MU Bookstore gets new name: The Mizzou Store

The MU Bookstore has been officially renamed The Mizzou Store. The new name is intended to be less generic and to better reflect what the store offers.

Mo. man sentenced to 20 years for road rage