Gov. Nixon signs bill for state employees to keep guns in vehicles

Gov. Jay Nixon described the bill as an expansion of gun rights as it lets state workers keep guns in their cars while on property owned or leased by the state.

Gov. Nixon signs tax legislation for vehicles bought privately and outside Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon's enactment of the law Friday comes after he twice vetoed previous bills that sought to reimpose local vehicle taxes after a January 2012 state Supreme Court ruling.

Missouri senior meal program caught in funding conflict

Funding cuts would hurt service that brings meals to seniors.

South African government denies Mandela is "vegetative"

Nelson Mandela is in critical but stable condition, and a close friend of Mandela's said he visited Mandela on Monday and that Mandela was conscious and responsive.

Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the miracle that brought John Paul to the ranks of sainthood concerned a Costa Rican woman.

Trayvon Martin's mother says screams belong to son

Sybrina Fulton was followed on the stand by her son Jahvaris Fulton, Travyon Martin's 23-year-old half brother, who also testified the cries in the background on a 911 call came from Martin.

New Missouri law relaxes restrictions on cellphone tower expansion

Included in the bill is a list of 18 things that state and local entities can no longer use to regulate wireless and cellphone facilities.

Missouri nun makes unlikely mentor for deadbeat dads

Despite not having any children of her own, Sister Carol Schumer has earned the respect of estranged fathers attempting to reconnect to their families.

Missouri beekeepers swarm to aid hives

Honeybees are vanishing without reason. The colony collapse disorder, or CCD, has remained a mystery to scientists since 2006.

5 killed in western Missouri crash

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the accident occurred Thursday afternoon  east of Archie.

2 men drown in western Missouri lake

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies the two men as Gregory Weese of Plattsburg, and John Butts of Smithville.

Columbia celebrates Independence Day with 61st 'Fire in the Sky'

Some celebrated the holiday while others paid tribute to lost friends.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fireworks irradiate sky for Independence Day spectators

This year's display capped Columbia's 61st annual Fourth of July celebration.

100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES: From age 1 to 100, hear the stories of Boone County

In these videos, Boone County residents tell a small part about themselves that together weaves a cross-generational story about us.

UPDATE: Police seek second suspect in Columbia shootout

Moises Rodrigo Guillen, 22, is wanted in connection with the Wednesday shooting.  Coty Thomas Galbreath, 23, was arrested in connection to a shootout Wednesday afternoon.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students, business employees, residents find time to celebrate July Fourth

MU students enjoyed drinks at Tropical Liqueurs in downtown Columbia as others tried their skills at disc golf. Still others took a dip at Stephens Lake Park.

Former Mizzou pitcher gets off to a 13-0 season start, a 27-year record

Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to begin the season with 13 wins and no losses since Roger Clemens won his first 14 decisions for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.


Mandela on life support, faces 'impending death'

Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8, remains in critical but stable condition, according to the office of President Jacob Zuma, who visited the anti-apartheid leader on Thursday. The president's office also said doctors denied reports that 94-year-old Mandela is in a "vegetative state."

UPDATE: Statue of Liberty reopens as U.S. salutes Fourth of July

Hundreds lined up Thursday to be among the first to board boats destined for Lady Liberty. Boston prepared to host its first large gathering since the marathon bombing that killed three and injured hundreds.

Medals returned to Missouri family of Vietnam soldier

The medals along with letters describing Cummins' bravery had been stashed in a storage unit in Alexander City, Ala.