USDA reduces corn crop predictions to reflect wet spring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its monthly report released Wednesday that farmers are expected to bring in 14 billion bushels of corn this year. That's 135 million bushels less than last month's estimate, reflecting the impact of the cooler spring.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri senators form partnership to prevent sexual abuse in the military

The news about sexual violence against both women and men in our nation’s military services is so egregious that political combatants have joined forces to fight the issue and end the abuse.

Hammons remembered for Springfield contributions

John Q. Hammons died May 26 in Springfield at the age of 94. He built more than 200 hotels nationwide, including Embassy Suites, Marriott and Radisson facilities and developed an expansive real estate portfolio of golf courses, restaurants, convention centers, a casino and riverboat gambling.

Proposed sale of Missouri Girl Scout camp stirs fight

Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland's board's staff has recommended that Camp Mintahama, a 180-acre acre resident camp nine miles south of Joplin, be sold and closed at the end of the 2015 camping season

Judge says $2 million payment doesn't meet bond conditions for Saudi student

Ziyad Abid has been jailed since his arrest in September. His attorneys have asked the appellate court to remove Circuit Judge Michael Wagner from the case, arguing that his refusal to release Abid violates the Missouri Constitution, which allows suspects to be held without bond only in capital murder cases.

Chancellor Brady Deaton to retire in November

After nine years in the position and 24 years at MU, Brady Deaton announced will step down on Nov. 15.

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon renews case on veto of proposed Missouri tax

Gov. Jay Nixon said the cut would create an $800 million budget hole that would be the equivalent of eliminating all state support for higher education institutions.

Elaine Hassemer resigns as Paxton Keeley principal

Elaine Hassemer, who has been Paxton Keeley principal since 2001, will be moving to Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School.


Veterans hospital hires more mental health specialists

The veterans hospital has hired more mental health providers as part of an effort to bolster mental health care in VA hospitals nationwide.

UM System president appoints new executive vice president for academic affairs

Henry Foley currently serves as vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at Pennsylvania State University.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Join cause to find space for needed services in Columbia

The Interfaith Day Center at 616 Park Ave. in the First Ward is a daytime drop-in and referral hub.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Public needs to see UM Press budget numbers

It would be worth reporting on budget allocations for the UM Press for the current year and the proposed fiscal year.

Missouri's Miss Teen Rodeo rides again

While out on a horseback ride with her sister, Brooke, Christy McCullough’s horse stumbled and fell, sending her and the horse end over end. She suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Rosemary Chandler, 67, worked 50 years for Boone Hospital

Rosemary Chandler worked for 50 years at Boone Hospital Center. During those years she drove an ambulance, served as a paramedic, an E.M.T. and at her retirement was a senior buyer for the hospital.

Donald Baldridge loved the outdoors and his family

After working as a mason at MU for 18 years, Donald Baldridge started his own air conditioning and sheet metal business with the tools he had in his basement.

Rosemary T. Chandler, Aug. 4, 1945 — June 10, 2013

Rosemary T. Chandler worked for 50 years at Boone Hospital Center. She loved to travel, raised Doberman Pinscher dogs and raised and showed Quarter and Paint Horses.

Missouri teams rank second in SEC in academic scores

Missouri ranks second among Southeastern Conference in Academic Progress Rates, according to NCAA report.

Wanda Jean Latimer of Sturgeon had two great-great grandchildren

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, and services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A special prosecutor is needed to probe Obama administration

Republicans and others are calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations against the Obama administration.

DEAR READER: Fueling the book addiction adds to editing resources

Four new book acquisitions provide inspiring reading for the summer.