UPDATE: Missouri House backs income tax cut, sales tax hike

Missouri's Republican-led House voted Wednesday to slice income taxes for individuals and businesses while imposing a higher sales tax that would fund schools and road. The legislation would mark the most significant change to Missouri's tax code in at least a couple of decades.

Columbia man found guilty of 2011 Ellis Library arson

Christopher Kelley was found guilty of two federal counts of arson for setting fire to MU's Ellis Library and a Stephens College building in 2011. Kelley could face up to 20 years in prison for the crimes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Should Big Brother be watching Columbia more?

While public and private security cameras have minimal effect deterring crime, they do aid in the capture of criminals. Does this advantage outweigh our expectations to privacy?

J. KARL MILLER: Earth Day, a fad or necessary?

Earth Day has evolved into little more than a “feel good” exercise in pop environmentalism, embraced largely by those with negligible scientific or agricultural experience.

Boyken takes command in net for Rock Bridge girls soccer

With senior Aubrie Cornell out with an injury, Madison Boyken is now the Bruins' starting goalkeeper.

Missouri baseball team couldn't overcome Missouri State's pitching

Five different Tigers pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts, but it was the lack of offense that led to a 4-2 loss to the Bears on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium.

Hickman girls soccer continues streak with win over Rock Bridge

Hickman assistant coach Adam Taylor said the intense atmosphere of the rivalry game brought out the best in the Kewpies players for a 3-1 victory that marked their fifth straight win.

Tiger Academy youth gymnastics program to find new home

The Tiger Academy of Gymnastics, one of Columbia's largest youth gymnastics clubs, has practiced out of MU's Tiger Performance Complex since the facility opened in October of 2011. But come Aug. 31, it will no longer be able to use the home of the Missouri gymnastics team.

Missouri softball splits double-header with Western Kentucky

While the Tigers' No. 2 and 3 pitchers had strong performances, the team's lack of enthusiasm led to a split double-header against Western Kentucky on Wednesday.

Cowan's two home runs power Hickman baseball team over Smith-Cotton

The Kewpies had few problems with the Tigers' pitching on their way to their fourth straight win. 

Charles F. Pinney Jr. proudly served country in World War II

Charles F. Pinney Jr. died Tuesday, April 23. He was 92. He worked at Boeing for 30 years.

Charles F. Pinney Jr., May 1, 1943 — April 23, 2013, of Columbia

30 years after Education Department report, American schools still falter

"A Nation at Risk," the report issued 30 years ago this week by President Ronald Reagan's Education Department, was meant as a wake-up call for the country. But its warnings still reverberate today, with 1 in 4 Americans failing to earn a high school degree on time and the U.S. lagging other countries in the percentage of young people who complete college.

Janet Riley loved animals, opened her home to family

Janet Riley died Monday, April 22, 2013, in Columbia. She was 79.

Janet Riley, Jan. 17, 1934 — April 25, 2013, of Columbia

Janet Riley worked in childcare and enjoyed her dogs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Providence Road traffic must be managed

Delay in making decision about Providence Road safety just delays making the road safer, too.

FROM READERS: A collection of photos from Eagle Bluffs

Robert Behne has been taking pictures at Eagle Bluffs for many years, ever since his mother first showed him the area 20 years ago.

FROM READERS: Stephens environmental club raises recycling awareness with children on Earth Day

Women of the Earth began this fall as a way to let students work with facilities to promote earth-friendly efforts on campus, said freshman Maile Wortham, the group’s president. She's hoping the club continues to grow over time.

Senators endorse Missouri higher education funding formula

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education and each school would collaborate on developing their performance measures by July 2014.

Boston Marathon bombing investigation extends to Russia

U.S. investigators hope to gain more information through contact with the parents of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Russia.