LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pam Close contributes to Hickman High's programs

Pam Close has repeatedly arranged for students to participate in research projects at the Cancer Research Center in Columbia.

FROM READERS: Man kayaks 15 miles on Missouri River to support cleanup efforts

Graham Zimmerman of Jefferson City was one of more than 150 people who competed in the fourth annual Race to the Dome, a kayak and canoe race held to raise money for Missouri River Relief.

Competitors keep tradition alive at Missouri State Corn Husking Championships

Pouring rain and slippery mud couldn't stop Missouri's best cornhuskers from practicing their time-honored craft.

Jay Ketchie, 78, shared his love of people, outdoors with all

The Rev. Jay Lester Ketchie, 78, cared deeply for those affected by death or grief and spent many hours working with them through difficult times. He died Saturday, Sept. 28.

Jay Lester Ketchie of Columbia, Oct. 24 1934 — Sept. 28, 2013

Jay Lester Ketchie of Columbia died Saturday, Sept. 28. He was 78 years old.

Cardinals clinch home field in NL postseason with victory

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs with a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Chen pitches Royals to 4-1 victory over White Sox

The Royals' 86-76 record for the year was their best mark since they went 92-70 in 1989.

Chiefs remain unbeaten with 31-7 victory over Giants

The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the New York Giants on Sunday, cruising to a 31-7 victory and improving their record to 4-0, just a year after finishing the season 2-14.

States resist implementing online insurance markets under Affordable Care Act

New online health insurance exchanges are set to launch under the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, but Republican politicians in many states are making it harder for consumers to learn about them.

Springfield hospital chain: Smoking workers not wanted

Springfield-based hospital chain CoxHealth will join a handful of hospital groups across Missouri in its new commitment to only hiring applicants who have passed a nicotine screen.

Shutdown impact: Tourists, homebuyers hit quickly

While the potential government shutdown on Tuesday would have immediate effects on certain federal agencies, others, such as Social Security and Medicare, would be untouched.

Flea markets remain popular even in Internet age

The endurance of flea markets is a testament to the fact that some people simply want to touch and see things before they make the purchase.

Who'll blink? Democrats, GOP in shutdown staredown

With the government set to shut down at midnight Monday, Republicans in Congress vowed to continue using the government funding battle to try to attack the Affordable Care Act.

Victory over Arkansas State propels Gary Pinkel to No. 2 in Missouri football all-time wins

The Tigers are now 4-0, and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel officially passed Dan Devine for No. 2 on Missouri's all-time-wins list.

Missouri football pregame: Postcard from the southwest tunnel

Jay-Z blared out of the Memorial Stadium speakers on Saturday afternoon, but everyone waiting for the Missouri football game to start had but one problem.

Missouri football loses another starter to targeting rule

Fans at Memorial Stadium were upset at the referees after a second Tiger fell victim to the NCAA's new targeting rule.

LIVE PHOTO GALLERY: Arkansas State vs. Missouri

The Missouri Tigers football team defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves 41-19 at Memorial Stadium. Check here for images from our staff photographers.

Tolton softball beats Notre Dame de Sion 9-5

The Trailblazers recorded nine runs on 12 hits to beat Notre Dame de Sion.

Battle football's defense sandwiches Gateway Tech in 45-7 win

Despite a slow start, the Battle High School Spartans improved to 4-1 on the year with a 45-7 win over Gateway Tech. It took the Spartans 14 minutes to get on the board but the defense led the way, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game and keeping Gateway off balance all afternoon.

Tolton football falters in 47-6 loss to Marionville

After a school-record performance from the week before, quarterback Christian Elliott and his offense struggled to find momentum.