Royals end road trip with a loss

Kansas City, which has regrouped after losing 15 of 18, fell 6-3 on Wednesday night to the Cleveland Indians.

'Sopranos' actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51

James Gandolfini played mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series that aired from 1999 to 2007. His film credits included "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Killing Them Softly," and he amassed stage credits as well.

Edwards not entirely pleased with NASCAR teammate Biffle's victory

After Sunday's race in Michigan, Carl Edwards said he wished Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle, who won Sunday's event, would have helped him out more in the early going.


Bipartisan student loan compromise circulating in Senate

Interest rates, which would be tied to the financial markets, would rise slightly to 3.8 percent for low-income students receiving new subsidized Stafford loans this year but not double as they're scheduled to do July 1.

WORLD BRIEFLY: Obama calls for nuclear weapon reductions

President Barack Obama said "bold reductions" were needed by Russia and the U.S. to move away from a war posture. In other news, the FBI found no sign of the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Missouri releases guidance for student transfers from failing schools

The guidance comes a week after the state Supreme Court upheld a 1993 law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to transfer to nearby schools.

5 things to know about Obama's health care overhaul

Here are five key points about the federal Affordable Care Act everyone should know about, heading into this fall and 2014, when major changes start to unfold.

Federal Reserve suggests it's closer to slowing bond purchases

The Fed's bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates at record lows. A pullback in the Fed's purchases would likely lead to higher rates on mortgages and other consumer and business loans.

World Food Prize goes to Monsanto executive, 2 other biotech scientists

Robert Fraley, chief technology officer at Monsanto, genetically engineered the first herbicide-resistant soybean in 1996. The prize is backed by Monsanto and other agribusiness giants.

Cheating on MAP testing alleged in Camdenton

the allegations include that a teacher signaled students about wrong answers and untrained administrators oversaw the Missouri Assessment Program tests.

Missouri education officials recommend preschool tests

The Missouri board is recommending that preschools voluntarily use an assessment program called the Desired Results Developmental Profile.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'Wagging the dog'? Obama shifts on Syria

In the end, the president’s long-standing reluctance to wade into the Syrian mess means that any uptick in U.S. support for the rebels will be modest, if not simply symbolic, for the moment.

As wildfires rage, U.S. cuts funding on prevention

A combination of government austerity and the ballooning cost of battling the ruinous fires has taken a bite out of federal efforts to remove the dead trees and flammable underbrush that clog Western forests.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri governor should veto cellphone tower bill

Cellphone towers are imposing structures, and local officials should have the right to consider their relationship to property values and the well-being of a community.

Delay in final report on Kansas City Plaza explosion

Some test results aren't back and more investigation is needed, according to the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Missouri lawmakers to review capital needs, Medicaid

House Speaker Tim Jones is scheduled to announce Thursday the creation of two interim committees for Medicaid.

Tornado cleanup tab for St. Charles Co. totals $2.4M

County Executive Steve Ehlmann said the county anticipates collecting about 50,000 tons of tree and limb debris alone.

UPDATE: Two in custody in shooting of Kirkwood teen

Police are still searching for the other suspect, 19-year-old Nicholas Lunceford, who is charged with first-degree murder.

Two men arrested in Friday assault outside Blue Fugue

Police arrested a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old man Sunday in relation to an assault of a 42-year-old man late Friday outside the Blue Fugue in downtown Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: In Columbia, perfect weather for fun in the water

Columbia residents enjoyed a warm Tuesday by playing in the water at city parks.