U.S. home sales hit 5.4 million in July, highest since '09

Previously occupied homes are once again selling at a pace associated with a healthy market, despite mortgages that are up from record lows.

UPDATE: Jury finds man guilty in killings of elderly Missouri couple

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster told jurors on Wednesday that there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Jesse Driskill killed an elderly couple in south-central Missouri.

Kansas bronze sculptor Jim Brothers dies at 72

Creator of the National D-Day Memorial remembered by friends for his sculpting talents.


ACT: Only quarter of grads ready for all subjects

The data also show a downturn in overall student scores, although company officials attribute the slide to updated standards and more students taking the exams.

Dayan Viciedo's slam powers White Sox past Royals, 5-2

David Lough drove in another run for the Royals in the sixth, but that was all they managed in another lackluster offensive performance. They finished with six hits on the night.

UCM student leaves US three weeks after charges dismissed

Charges against Ziyad Abid, who was held without bond for 11 months in connection with the Sept. 1 slaying of Blaine Whitworth, were dropped Aug. 2.

Several hurt in Kansas City area school bus crash

A school bus overturned Wednesday in Bonner Springs, Kan. Multiple injuries were reported. It is not yet known which school district was served by the bus.

35 acres of abandoned Missouri mine to be reclaimed

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded a $609,942 contract to Pangea Group of St. Louis to reclaim surface-mined lands about two miles east of Millersburg.

UMKC opens new $32M entrepreneurship hall

The Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is named for the co-founder of the tax preparation company H&R Block.

Saint Louis University defends Chinese malaria research

Saint Louis University is defending a research partnership with a Chinese scientist who is working to develop anti-malaria drugs.

Seasonal blue moon rises over Columbia

Val Germann of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association said views will be dramatic Wednesday, too, even though the moon is not technically full. 

Columbia City Council puts brakes on property tax increase for more cops

The Columbia City Council unanimously rejected a proposal to raise property taxes to support the hiring of more police officers. Mayor Bob McDavid withdrew support of his own proposal last week.

Laura Nauser introduces objectives for Columbia anti-violence task force

Speaking to the Boone County Pachyderm Club on Tuesday evening, the councilwoman and co-chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence outlined issues the task force will address.

Missouri football's Jimmie Hunt confident he can score

"Touchdown" Jimmie Hunt can trash talk with the best of 'em. But can the Missouri junior wide receiver walk the walk in 2013 after ankle surgery in spring?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reducing tax rates and investing in education: We can have it both ways

The governor would like you to be naïve enough to believe that if the state reduces its tax demands from citizens and small business that funding for critical investments, like education, will plummet. I’d like to share a couple facts with you to consider as you make an informed decision on whether or not you feel Missouri’s tax rates should be adjusted in favor of the people. 

Statewide MAP scores show largest improvement in science

Statewide, students showed the most improvement on the science part of the Missouri Assessment Program tests.

Columbia high school enrollment swells with addition of freshmen

Columbia Public Schools opens the new school year with more high school students and higher total enrollment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Speed limits must be both safe and sensible

Establishing speed limits is the fine art of finding a balancing point between convenience and risk.

Second murder suspect taken into local custody in Daniels killing

Boone County and Columbia police extradited Casey Lewis, 24, from an Oklahoma jail in connection with the murder of Brian Daniels.

ROSE NOLEN: Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are national reminders of racism

Racial attitudes against the civil rights movement may still be prevalent today.