Reading wars pit literacy instruction methods against each other

This three-sided battle might seem like the grumblings of overly focused academics. But all agree in the enormity of what’s at stake: Children must learn to read.

DAVID WEBBER: Findings from 'Is America in decline?' survey

Although the survey sample isn't representative of the whole population, 373 people offered their opinion about whether they thought our country was declining.

ROSE NOLEN: Dreams, expectations different for everyone

Dreams and expectations are different for everyone, but a backup system always proves to be valuable.

Columbia temperature nears record high

Residents enjoyed temperatures in the high 80s on Tuesday.


Woman attempts to rob HoneyBaked Ham restaurant Tuesday, police say

Officers were dispatched to the restaurant at 10:57 a.m. The robber fled the scene without any money in a silver four-door vehicle heading north on Providence Road, according to a news release.

Harold Lee Earnest, 81, enjoyed square dancing and exploring his Norwegian heritage

Harold Lee Earnest, 81, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, in San Juan, Texas. He and his wife settled in Columbia in 1971 and moved to Texas in the mid-2000s after retiring in 1994.

Columbia teen sentenced to 9 years in prison for assault

Marquez F. Marshall pleaded guilty in March to charges of attempted robbery and assault of a Jefferson Junior High School employee. He was sentenced Monday to 9 years in prison. 

Fire reported at vacant home Tuesday morning

Neighbors reported seeing smoke at the home at 2113 Pleasant Way.

FROM READERS: Civic Leaders Internship Program puts MU students in government settings

Through the Civic Leaders Internship Program, MU students are learning about issues affecting the state of Missouri.

Harold Earnest, formerly of Columbia, died April 13, 2013

Memorial services will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Memorial Funeral Home.

Missouri House approves faster intervention for struggling school districts

Currently, school districts that lose accreditation have two years before state education officials can step in.

Missouri House endorses transportation sales tax

The state sales tax, which officials estimate could generate nearly $8 billion over a decade, would require voter approval to take effect and would be resubmitted to the ballot every 10 years.

Gov. Nixon vetoes repeal of tax break for seniors, disabled

The Democratic governor had said he would accept the tax-break repeal only if it were part of a broad-based overhaul of Missouri's numerous tax credit programs.

Missouri Medicaid director departs abruptly

Ian McCaslin confirmed to The Associated Press that he no longer is director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services.

Chiefs welcome back offensive tackle Branden Albert

Kansas City will use the franchise tag on Branden Albert this season, paying him $9.3 million in 2013.

Men's basketball leagues announce Big 12/SEC Challenge

The 2013 matchups include West Virginia at Missouri on Dec. 5.

Angelina Jolie says she had double mastectomy

Actress Angelina Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.

Dempsey: Bonds, criminal code not likely this year

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said the measures are too complex to bring up with just a few days remaining before Friday's mandatory adjournment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State services, employees hit in crossfire of spite-based budgeting

An issue flared after a civil lawsuit in the Bootheel challenged the Department of Revenue’s collection of personal information as part of its driver’s license permitting process.

Beltran drives four runs to power Cardinals over Mets

Rookie John Gast also pitched five shutout innings for St. Louis in a 10-4 victory over New York on Tuesday night.