LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reconsider denial of Ferguson's appeal

The record demonstrates beyond peradventure that a miscarriage of justice has occurred, resulting in incarceration of an innocent man.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Proposed Missouri gun legislation would present health hazard

Asking about gun safety in the home should be part of a medical professional's duty to care for the health and safety of a child.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Newspaper reading fosters learning, educated voting

MU student Jonathan Seppo urges people to take time to talk to children about newspapers and model reading it for them, as well as support organizations like Newspaper in Education, who aim to expose children to newspapers while they are still in grade school.

COMO YOU KNOW: Alpha Epsilon Pi

Since 1913, Alpha Epsilon Pi, commonly known as AEPi, has been the largest Jewish fraternity in North America.

FROM READERS: Missouri Lions District 26-M3 holds convention in Columbia

Sandy McCann of Columbia was elected as district governor for the Missouri Lions District 26-M3.

Patrik Berglund leads Blues past Coyotes, 6-3

Chris Stewart got a goal and two assists, David Perron added four assists, and Scott Nichol, Vladimir Sobotka and Alex Pietrangelo also scored as the Blues won after two straight losses.

Cash can bribe dieters to lose weight, study finds

The chance to win or lose $20 a month enticed dieters in a yearlong study to drop an average of 9 pounds.

Facebook brings a more personal touch to News Feed in redesign

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to turn the News Feed into something more like a newspaper tailored to the particular interests of each user.

Ford recalls 230,000 minivans to fix rust problem

Ford said rust can weaken the mounting brackets that hold the removable seats to the van floor.

Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal to have elbow surgery

The St. Louis shortstop expects to miss the 2013 season because of injury.

WORLD BRIEFLY: U.N. Security Council approves North Korea sanctions

Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by the United States, officials said Thursday, in what a senior congressman called a "very significant victory" in the fight against al-Qaida.

Nixon opposes tax overhaul plan in Missouri Senate

Gov. Jay Nixon disapproves of a Missouri Senate bill that would gradually raise the state sales tax by one-half cent over five years.

Recent heat spike unlike anything in 11,000 years

A new study shows the world climate lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike.

Caffeine in nectar improves bees' memory

The caffeine helps a bee remember that the flower's scent promises a tasty payoff, increasing pollination.

Northwest Missouri State University to close former home economics department

The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, currently in its 105th year, will close  because of budget cuts at the end of the spring semester.

Missouri House panel endorses tax credit caps

The legislation endorsed Thursday by a House panel would impose a $135 million annual cap on tax credits for historic renovation projects.

Center that helped Joplin tornado victims to close

With fewer than 35 people still living in the Federal Emergency Management mobile homes, officials will move the center's services to a downtown Joplin YMCA.

ACLU still opposing prayer amendment after lawsuit

The ACLU sued Missouri's Department of Corrections on behalf of two inmates after voters approved the amendment in August.

Jimmie Johnson unhappy about way Carl Edwards raced

While Jimmie Johnson expressed displeasure at Carl Edwards driving during the race March 3 in Phoenix, the two NASCAR drivers prepare to race again this weekend in Las Vegas.

Missouri lawmakers to review driver's licenses

Newly proposed House legislation would prohibit the Revenue Department from scanning personal documents and transferring them to an out-of-state database.