Gordon Ewing Brown, Feb. 3, 1931 — June 1, 2013

The family will receive friends at their home from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A private service and interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., at a later date.

Streaking Twins shut out Royals

While the Twins have soared, the Royals have lost 22 of their past 28 games.

Former basketball player turning heads with Chiefs

After nearly signing with an agent and playing basketball overseas, Demetrius Harris has spent the past month with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he's trying to become a tight end in the NFL.

Republican Jason Smith wins southeast Missouri congressional race

Jason Smith, who turns 33 later this month, will be one of the youngest members of Congress. The seat he won had been represented by Jo Ann Emerson or her husband, Bill Emerson, since 1980.

Missouri revenues up more than 10 percent, state report shows

Revenue totaled $7.3 billion for 11 months, compared with $6.6 billion last year.

Nearly 24,000 Missourians to get mortgage settlements

Checks will go only to those who lost their homes to foreclosures and received loans from one of five specified banks.

UPDATE: Rising Mississippi River threatening towns

More rain is expected in coming days, from St. Louis north to Minnesota and westward across some of the Great Plains.

Special election today to fill Jo Ann Emerson's seat

Southeast Missouri voters will choose U.S. House member after 32 years of representation by Emerson family.

Oklahoma sweeps Tennessee for NCAA softball title

Top-seeded Oklahoma won the NCAA softball championship by beating Tennessee 4-0 on Tuesday night in Game 2 of the Women's College World Series finals.

Midwest farmers face tough decisions from delayed planting

Rain has slowed planting and many farmers are now behind. But a drought could still occur and that could lead to further complications. 

Oklahoma tornado widest on record, second EF5 in two weeks

Friday's tornado was initially rated as an EF3. But the agency upgraded that ranking after surveying damage and concluding that the storm had winds of 295 mph.

Enterprise names MU grad as first CEO outside Taylor family

Pamela Nicholson, the new CEO of the St. Louis company, began at Enterprise as a management trainee in 1981 after graduating from MU.

Rain keeps Missouri farmers out of their fields

Corn planting is 86 percent complete, 26 days behind a year ago.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to do something smart about Syria

The U.S. government should step up diplomacy and humanitarian aid rather than taking a more belligerent stance.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pork deal would tie rural Missouri to China

Meat consumption among the Chinese middle class has grown as it is looking to emulate Western culture. For Missouri, this could mean deep changes.

Turkish government official offers apology as protests continue

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has undermined previous statements by his ministers and has dismissed the protesters as a fringe minority stirred up by the opposition.