Mo. Lottery sales hit record $1.48 billion in 2013 budget year

More than $1 billion in prizes and $289 million dedicated to education. Large Powerball jackpots plus new ad campaign drove tickets. 

Quadruplets born at St. Louis-area hospital

Parents Aroloye and Salome Numbere of St. Louis welcomed two boys and two girls. The babies are said to be healthy, but small: All four weigh under 4 pounds.

Wainwright wins 12th in Cardinals' win over Astros

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright picked up his National League-tying 12th win with seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit his team-high 13th home run to lead the Cardinals to a 9-5 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.

Royals' Shields gets the help he needs for win over the Yankees

James Shields escaped early trouble when Lorenzo Cain ran down a deep drive with the bases loaded, Billy Butler and David Lough backed their ace with home runs and the Royals handed the New York Yankees their third straight loss, 3-1 Tuesday night.

Panel: Next Mars rover should gather rocks, soil

Scientists have released a report for a Mars mission that NASA would like to launch in 2020.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Paula Deen, Aaron Hernandez suffering fates of their own making

Cooking star Paula Deen and football player Aaron Hernandez had climbed high into the national spotlight, which meant a hard fall.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Possibility of print Missouri 'Blue Book' is welcome indeed

Missouri's official state manual can now be printed after a reversal of a 2010 law.

Nixon signs Missouri legislation regarding children

One law of the three laws signed expands the number of places parents can leave their newborn and the amount of time they have to do so without legal repercussions.

Tradition vs. temptation as Amish debate fracking

Over the past few years, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has led to bigger wells that can generate hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars in royalties for a property holder.

Kansas considers tolls for Kansas City-area highways

The Kansas City metro area's highway needs may cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

U.S. slowly steps up diplomacy in Somalia

The State Department's security service has long been overly cautious about U.S. officials traveling in danger zones. In May, Obama called on Congress to boost funding to secure U.S. embassies, noting that diplomats face "irreducible risks."