Gov. Nixon vetoes bill limiting union paycheck deductions

The Democratic governor said the bill passed by the Republican-led legislature would have placed "unnecessary burdens on public employees for the purpose of weakening labor organizations."

94 in Alaska? Weather extremes tied to erratic jet stream

The jet stream usually rushes rapidly from west to east in a mostly straight direction. But lately it's been wobbling and weaving like a drunken driver, wreaking havoc as it goes.

Supreme Court halts use of key part of Voting Rights Act

The ruling removed the requirement that all or parts of 15 states with a history of discrimination in voting get federal approval before changing the way they hold elections.

Gov. Jay Nixon signs public safety bill

The public safety bill bill allows governing boards of public colleges and universities to create traffic regulations for roads owned or maintained by the school.

High lead levels found in southeast Missouri songbirds

Lead mining and smelting have been going on in portions of southeast Missouri since the early 1700s. The region contains the world's largest deposit of the lead mineral galena.

Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood to lose 885 personnel

 The reductions are part of the Army's plan to trim forces by 80,000 soldiers over the next several years. Earlier this year, a draft plan had looked at cutting as many as 3,900 uniformed personnel from Fort Leonard Wood.

Audit: Missouri lacked justification for buying $5.6 million plane

Auditor Tom Schweich said Missouri's existing passenger planes were already underutilized, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol did not do a formal written analysis before purchasing the new plane.

Missouri State Highway Patrol plans to improve school bus inspections

A state audit being released Tuesday notes that federal authorities found in 2011 that Missouri's school bus inspection procedures were inadequate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Does Missouri have too many committees looking at Medicaid?

Legislation to expand Medicaid rolls failed during the recent legislative session. We soon may learn if at least three, and potentially four, committees is overkill.

Former MoDOT employee alleges agency kept a 'Buzzard List'

A 64-year-old woman sued for discrimination, claiming the agency cut costs based on a list sorted by age.

UPDATE: Columbia police arrest two in connection with Sunday's drug-related homicide

A Columbia man and a Jefferson City woman were arrested. The victim, 25, was found next to a car. The shooting was the fourth in Columbia in just over a week.

Driver who struck, killed two men along I-70 gets 10 years

Earl Hutcherson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter for killing Gilbert Love and Edward Taggart. Hutcherson admitted he was drunk when he struck the two men with his SUV.

Columbia set to purchase 16 natural gas vehicles

The total cost of the vehicles for Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Water and Light departments is estimated to be $3.5 million.

Residents divided over downtown Columbia housing, despite business benefits

The proliferation of student apartments boosts traffic for many businesses, but some residents worry it's too much, too quickly.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Supermoon rises over Columbia; police investigate shooting

Coverage about the unexpected presence of two wild pigs the Katy Trail also attracted notice from the Missourian's online readers.

Former Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson finally on way to Twins

Four years after he was drafted in the first round and less than two years after Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, Missouri product Kyle Gibson's major league debut has been set for Saturday.

Kitten euthanized after being abused north of Columbia

Sheriff's deputies are asking the public for help identifying those responsible for crudely declawing a 3-month-old kitten and throwing it into a fire.

Columbia police looking for two suspects in shots-fired incident

The Columbia Police Department was looking for Kimo Deandre Spivey, 23, and Tabisha N. Franklin, 32, after a shots-fired incident Friday.

Columbia police ask citizens to come forward about Bodie Drive shooting

The victim is not cooperating with the investigation, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

UPDATE: Arrests made in Sunday's drug-related shooting

A Columbia man and a Jefferson City woman were arrested. The victim, 25, was found next to a car. The shooting was the fourth in Columbia in just over a week.