Columbia's new Battle High School opens for summer classes

The first day of classes are held at Muriel Williams Battle High School on Monday, including a leadership class which teaches students about the skills they will need to take on leadership roles at the school.

Battle High School's staff used the day to troubleshoot, while students began creating traditions for the new school.

Council selects plan to improve Providence Road, Grasslands traffic

The council's choice, Option VIII(A), includes new signals on Providence Road at Turner Avenue and at Burnam Road and Burnam Avenue.

Randy Minchew uses connection, entrepreneurial expertise to help start businesses

Randy Minchew has been combining a passion for connecting people and a talent for entrepreneurship for 31 years, helping start almost 30 small businesses. Last year, he launched Innovat'd, a company that helps entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.

Gov. Nixon reappoints Ponder to UM System Board of Curators

Cape Girardeau lawyer J. Michael Ponder was first appointed to the board in January, but Gov. Jay Nixon withdrew the nomination a month later.

Portions of Katy Trail still closed because of flooding

Portions of the Katy Trail remain closed because of flooding last week. Officials also identified problem spots on other trails.

Linda Doornbos, 59, was passionate about her family, flying

Linda Kay Doornbos, 59, was devoted to flying, her grandchildren and helping others. 

Driver remains in hospital in fair condition after Route WW crash

The driver was in fair condition Monday afternoon at University Hospital. The passenger had been discharged.

Another good night for Lynn in Cardinals victory

St. Louis right-handed starter Lance Lynn allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one in a 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Positive outlook pays off for Larry Drew with job in Milwaukee

On Monday, Larry Drew, a Kansas City native and former Missouri player, was introduced as the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks six days after his awkward tenure with the Atlanta Hawks ended with the hiring of his replacement.

Small towns on Mississippi River prepare as flood moves south

Heavy rain over the past several days has spurred a second round of spring flooding this year in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

Gov. Nixon vetoes bill he worried would hamper international adoptions

The governor said the legislation raised "serious questions" about whether Missouri courts could consider foreign decrees or orders needed to complete overseas adoptions.

Missouri, Midwest economy show steady growth

Workers added to durable-goods manufacturers, which helped the Missouri picture.

Profar's go-ahead home in 8th sends Rangers over Royals

20-year-old rookie hits second home run in 10 games this season.

Gaudin leads Giants to 4-2 win over Cardinals

Right-hander gets win in first start in three years.

Missouri bill would let police, firefighters engage in politics

Legislation would allow them to seek political office.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Official commits to restoring trust in IRS

The acting commissioner of the IRS told Congress that scandals have "broken" trust in the agency. In other news, the Supreme Court cleared the way for police to take DNA from crime suspects.

Cardinals' Chris Carpenter throws to batters

The former Cy Young winner hasn't pitched this season after experiencing numbness in his throwing shoulder during spring training. At the time, both he and the Cardinals talked as if his career might be over.

Sunscreen slows skin aging, if used often enough

Even if you're already middle-aged, a study found, it's not too late to start rubbing on some sunscreen — and not just at the beach or pool.

FROM READERS: A poem about spring weather

A Missourian reader offers her take on spring weather in the form of a poem.