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.

New Battle High School hosts emotional dedication ceremony

Teachers, administrators and family members honored Missouri educator Muriel Williams Battle at a Sunday dedication ceremony. The new school will open its doors Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Horses, riders compete for championship titles

The Calvary Episcopal Charity Horse Show championship rounds were Saturday, the third day of the show.

Pet carnival raises money for spay, neuter clinic

Bella's Pet Carnival, sponsored by No Kill Columbia, brought animal lovers and their pets together for educational and fun games.  

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Actors prepare for performance; athletes compete in Special Olympics

Last week's best photographs included images of an animal blessing and the flooding.

Art in the Park's Young Collector's Island fosters art appreciation in children

Children who attended the Columbia Art League's Art in the Park at Stephens Lake Park this weekend could visit the Young Collector's Island, where they could find and take home a piece of original art.

ANNIVERSARY: Luther and Mary Caldwell celebrate 50 years

David Caldwell shares this invitation to his parents' anniversary party.

Missouri, Arkansas at odds over stocking bass

Striped bass could end up on the Arkansas side of Bull Shoals Lake, where some people don't want them.

Missouri lawmakers move to toughen sexual violence laws

The new measure would define rape to include crimes committed on someone who is "incapacitated, incapable of consent or lacks the capacity to consent."

Concerns raised over coal ash in Missouri

Rotary Drilling Supply Inc., based in Festus, must place a cap over the ash piles to prevent runoff and take other measures to ensure against further pollution.

100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES: Lexi Barry, 16, surrounded by teachers

Lexi Barry is one of 100 Boone County residents who will be featured in a cross-generational story produced by the Columbia Missourian. Barry, 16, has grown up surrounded by teachers, but she has taught herself how to cope with the realization that she was given up for adoption.