FROM READERS: A tale based on the idiom 'never look a gift horse in the mouth'

Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares a tale based on the proverb that says you should "never look a gift horse in the mouth."

Weak offense hurts Royals again in loss to Twins

Kansas City pitcher Jeremy Guthrie lost his third straight start with the Royals falling 3-1 to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, but he could hardly be faulted for this one.

Senators say student-loan rate vote is unlikely before July

Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate education panel, said none of the proposals being circulating among lawmakers could win passage, and he urged lawmakers to extend the current rates for another year.

St. Louis region making push to attract immigrants

The St. Louis Mosaic Project was formally launched Thursday with an ambitious aim to make the St. Louis region the fastest-growing metropolitan area for immigration by 2020.

Judge spares Gov. Nixon's staff from testifying about driver's licenses

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green issued a preliminary order blocking the House investigatory committee from proceeding with the subpoenas.

Gov. Nixon signs bill allowing pharmacies not to carry specific drugs

Although the bill makes no mention of specific drugs, state Sen. David Sater has said his bill was prompted by efforts elsewhere to require pharmacists to stock emergency contraception.

Senate passes historic immigration-overhaul bill

The bipartisan vote was 68-32 on a measure that sits atop President Barack Obama's second-term domestic agenda. But the bill's prospects are highly uncertain in the Republican-controlled House.

Senate votes to name I-70 bridge for both Stan Musial, veterans

The name represents a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to name the new Interstate 70 bridge for the late St. Louis Cardinals great and Illinois lawmakers who wanted the name to honor military veterans.

U.S. high school seniors fare no better in reading, math than in 1970s

The news was brighter for younger students and for blacks and Hispanics, who had the greatest gain in reading and math scores since the 1970s.

Effort begins to move UMKC Conservatory to downtown Kansas City

A $20 million challenge grant will help the University of Missouri-Kansas City move its Conservancy of Music and Dance to a new arts campus. Supporters must raise $70 million more.

New Missouri Chief Justice Mary Russell prepares to lead judiciary

Beginning next week, Mary Russell will lead the seven-member Missouri Supreme Court for two years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wednesday was a great day for equality in America

No longer will federal law make second-class citizens of those who choose and love same-sex partners, thanks to this week's Supreme Court ruling.

Excerpts from Supreme Court decision on Defense of Marriage Act

Here are excerpts from Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion and Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent about the Defense of Marriage Act.

In Columbia, hope and concern after same-sex marriage decisions

Same-sex couples in Columbia and their supporters welcomed two Supreme Court decisions Wednesday as a sign of progress for gay rights, but they also said they were disappointed that same-sex marriage isn't yet recognized in Missouri.

At Greenbriar Trail dedication, Gov. Nixon kicks off 100 Missouri Miles

Gov. Jay Nixon, UM System President Tim Wolfe, Mayor Bob McDavid and all City Council members attended a joint ceremony dedicating the new Greenbriar Trail and kicking off Nixon's 100 Missouri Miles initiative. 

Columbia officials suggest teen curfew to prevent crime

Members of the Street Crimes Unit made an arrest in relation to the June 15 downtown shooting after a special City Council meeting where officials discussed crime prevention techniques.

Former Missouri players Oriakhi, Pressey, Bowers set for NBA Draft

Former Tigers Alex Oriakhi, Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers are all projected to go in the mid- to late second round or to go undrafted in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Dock electrical safety still an issue at Lake of the Ozarks

After three people were electrocuted while swimming near docks in the Lake of the Ozarks last summer, electricians were busy with calls from homeowners worried about the safety of their dock wiring. Much remains to be done to bring all the docks on the lake up to code.

Suspect in downtown Columbia shooting arrested

Eric Cravens, 20, was arrested by members of the Street Crimes Unit at 4:13 p.m. on Wednesday in connection to the June 15 downtown shooting.

Construction starts on new MU Health Care clinic

The clinic in southern Columbia will replace the Green Meadows clinic and will take on family medicine services now being provided at the Woodrail clinic.