LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, City Council, for Medicaid resolution

Columbia resident Ben Edes writes that he hopes Columbia's representatives in Jefferson City are listening.

New Mexico Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage

New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rural electrics should support clean energy

Electric consumers need to educate themselves about the true cost of coal, in dollars and in health and environmental effects.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Nobody wins when picking fights about religion

Claiming to be persecuted while expressing contempt for others' beliefs appears on the rise.

Big-play Butler helping Colts

The Colts cornerback leads the team in interceptions and is tied for seventh in the league with four this season.

President Obama's brother writes about abuse

In "Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery," Mark Obama Ndesandjo recalls alcohol-fueled beatings meted out by his father to his mother. He also tries to set the record straight on some points in Barack Obama's 1995 memoir.

Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults

Panel members stressed that they are not changing the definition of high blood pressure: 140 over 90. For adults aged 60 and older, they are recommending a higher treatment threshold, prescribing medicine only when blood pressure levels reach 150 over 90 or higher.

Points-a-plenty for Chiefs defense, special teams

Kansas City has a league-leading 11 "miscellaneous" touchdowns with two games still to play in the regular season. That's the third most in NFL history.

COLUMN: Are we playing the Super Bowl or 'Hunger Games'?

There are differing opinions about the wisdom of playing the season's biggest game in the elements. Plenty grew up playing or watching the game that way and still love to; others were only too happy to get in out of the cold and stay there.

Holiday train winds up multistate journey in Missouri

The train arrived Wednesday at Union Station and will be on display through the weekend.

Executions in U.S. drop close to 20-year low in 2013

The 39 executions were carried out in nine states, including Missouri, which executed two men.

Blues too much for Canadiens, 5-1

Alexander Steen scored twice and Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves against his former team.

Rams' T.J. McDonald talks football with Pro Bowl father

After he grabbed his first interception of the season, rookie safety T.J. McDonald was congratulated by a former Pro Bowler — his father.


Evangel University to cut 12 staff positions

Carol Taylor, Evangel's president-elect and CEO, announced Thursday that seven currently vacant staff positions won't be filled and six faculty contracts will not be renewed in the fall.

Trailer used for Habitat for Humanity stolen in Springfield

Organization officials say the black, hydraulic dump trailer was stolen from a gated parking lot sometime between Dec. 13 and 14.

Missouri attorney general warns of scam seeking utility bill payments

Attorney General Chris Koster said his consumer protection hotline has received several reports of phone callers claiming to be from a power company and demanding money to avoid disconnecting their service.

Athletics co-ops in northwest Missouri reshuffled

The state's first athletics cooperative for all sports, between Craig and Fairfax, will end after this school year. Next year, Fairfax and Tarkio will combine to form East Atchison for football and baseball, while Craig's program will be absorbed into Mound City teams.

Woman pleads guilty to stealing from co-workers

Prosecutors say the former information technology specialist for the Farm Service Agency took at total of about $103,000 from her co-workers.

No criminal wrongdoing found in Joplin city probe

The city announced in a news release Thursday that inefficiencies were found in how some city fees were recorded and handled.

For Lone Star State Tigers, Cotton Bowl a homecoming of sorts

Missouri's bowl trip to Texas will be a homecoming of sorts for many of the Tigers. There are 36 players on the football team from Texas, and many of them were recruited in the past when the Tigers played multiple Texas teams in the Big 12 conference.