Samoeun Phouk, 73, of Columbia, died May 3, 2013

Samoeun Phouk is survived by his wife and nine children.

FROM READERS: National Short Story Month offers chance for commentary

Every day this month, a different writer will post on The Missouri Review blog about a short story. That’s all we’re asking of our contributors this month: pick a story, talk about it. We just want to see what happens, give the writers a venue, and get fired up about the story selected.

Boone County law enforcement committee focuses on animal abuse

The committee brings together officers from Columbia Animal Control, prosecutors and officers from several police departments in Boone County to discuss animal abuse cases and their link to other kinds of abuse.

Farmland targeted by Columbia airport expansion plans

Runway and taxiway upgrades will require the city to buy 52 acres, much of it from farmers who have lived in the area for decades.

Missouri basketball player, Morgan Eye, invited to USA Basketball tryouts

Morgan Eye is one of 31 student-athletes invited and will attend the tryouts. The final team will consist of 12 members, and training camp will begin on June 25.

SEC features some of the best pitching in college

The 14-team league has a combined 3.29 ERA, which is down from 3.54 a year ago. Five of the NCAA's top 15 teams in ERA reside in the SEC.

Missouri prosecutors gain new legal protections

Columbia defense attorney Dan Viets said prosecutors and police often take advantage of the wide legal latitude to deceive.

Missouri House is not giving information on gun database access

House Speaker Tim Jones said the attempted access using an investigator's credentials was done during the course of an ongoing investigation into the sharing of concealed weapons data.

President Clinton honored as Truman Good Neighbor honoree

President Clinton joins other well-known figures, such as former President General Ford and news anchor Walter Cronkite, in being honored with the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.

Orioles beat Royals 5-3 for 4th straight victory

The Orioles escaped with a 5-3 victory Wednesday night despite allowing two home runs and getting only five hits.

Hickman baseball defeats Wentzville Holt

The Hickman Kewpies baseball team ended its regular season on a winning note Wednesday night, defeating Wentzville Holt 8-4 in Wentzville.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Arias convicted of 1st-degree murder

Here are today's top world and national news stories from The Associated Press.

Hornbeck to Cleveland victims: Rely on family

Hornbeck's parents, Pam and Craig Akers, told KSDK they never gave up hope while Shawn was missing.

Cardinals rally for 5-4 win over Cubs

St. Louis is now 5-1 in its last six games and 14-7 on the road.

Wentworth Military Academy president resigns

Wentworth Military Academy President William W. Sellers says he will resign, effective after the academy's graduation May 18.

UPDATE: Nixon denounces partial funding of license agency

Republican lawmakers said that the partial funding was intended to stop making electronic copies of personal documents of people applying for driver's licenses.

Senate passes funding for hospital, Capitol

The measure was approved by a 29-4 vote on Wednesday.

Missouri Senate poised to pass income tax cut plan

A vote on the tax-cut legislation was expected to occur later Wednesday.

Orioles, Guthrie poised for Camden Yards reunion

Jeremy Guthrie lost 60 games over a four-year stretch with the Orioles before being traded to Colorado in February 2012. Now he's back in Baltimore for the first time, poised to face his former team Thursday night as a member of the Kansas City Royals.

Tolton tennis ends season with second round district loss

Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic's co-ed tennis team ended its season with a 0-6 loss to the Marshall High School boys Tuesday.