FROM READERS: 'Someday I will Rest' questions true meaning of rest, relaxation

Michael Tomkins has held many different careers and travel adventures. In this poem, he wonders about the nature of rest, using imagery from nature.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Yes, 20-somethings need health insurance

The website is working much more smoothly now for enrollees, but more than half of the enrollees so far are in the 45- to-64-year-old age bracket, while the 18- to 34-year-old demographic accounts for only about a fourth of the enrollment so far.

Cunningham leads Rock Bridge girls basketball team to victory

Junior guard Sophie Cunningham scored 25 points to lead the Rock Bridge High School girls basketball team to a 54-48 win over Whitney Young (Ill.) on Monday

2 deaths confirmed in Omaha plant explosion

An animal feed processing plant explosion in Omaha left two people dead and 10 others hospitalized.


Conservation agency warns of salt damage to plants

Effects from damage may not appear until the following growing season for some plants.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's watch other states manage legal marijuana first

Instead of rushing to marijuana legalization, Missouri should wait to see how things go in Colorado and Washington.

Cool Runnings, part two: Jamaican team to bobsled in Sochi

This is the first time since 2002 that a Jamaican team will compete in Olympic bobsledding.

Behind Olympics' facade: A crumbing Sochi

The Winter Olympics were intended to showcase Russia's resurgence from the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago. Many residents, weary from years of living in the midst of Russia's biggest construction project in modern history, say they have yet to see any improvement in their lives and point to an array of negative effects.

CEO of Missouri-based Build-A-Bear foresees comeback

Build-A-Bear CEO promises changes due to its declining sales since 2007, including closing about 60 stores and shrinking the size of its stores.


Missouri man pulled from ice after trying to rescue dog

Both the man and his dog are uninjured.


Stockton Dam to resume hydroelectric power by June

The new blade unit can generate seven more megawatts of power than the older unit.

Former Joint Chiefs chair to open UCM series

University of Central Missouri presents new lecture series about leadership chaired by former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard B. Myers.

Blues surge to 4-1 victory over Red Wings

St. Louis Blues move to 33-10-5 season record.

Sandusky's son takes part in film

The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky participated in a documentary about his father's sexual-abuse case and hopes to become an advocate for child victims.

Sharapova ousted as Federer becomes prime contender

When the draw for the Australian Open was made, it wasn't Roger Federer who was being widely touted as the prime contender to claim an 18th major title.

Super Bowl XLVIII features league's best offense versus its best defense

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks were the NFL's best all season, so it's fitting that they'll meet in the Super Bowl.

Russians study Islamic video threatening Olympics

Russia's counter-terrorism agency says it's studying a video posted by an Islamic militant group that asserted responsibility for suicide bombings that killed 34 people last month and is threatening to strike the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

White headlines U.S. snowboarding team

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White in the halfpipe will get a chance at a rare three-peat — and then some — when the Winter Games begin next month in Russia.

Alabama cornerback arrested

The Tuscaloosa News reported 18-year-old Tony Brown was arrested Saturday night less than three weeks after he came to Alabama as an early enrollee for 2014. Brown was rated a five-star prospect from Beaumont, Texas.

Crosby to captain Canada at Olympics

Sidney Crosby will captain the Canadian hockey team at the Olympics. After the Pittsburgh Penguins star scored the gold-medal-winning overtime goal against the United States in Vancouver four years ago, he's the natural choice in Sochi. Along with leading the NHL in scoring, the 26-year-old center is the face of the league and hockey in Canada.