ANALYSIS: In U.S., political split outgrows the voting booth

A survey used a battery of 10 questions on issues such as regulation of business, use of the military, the environment and immigration to assess ideological leanings. Across nine of the 10 issues tested, the views of Democrats and Republicans have grown further apart since 1994.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Student loan proposal will ease debt, boost economy

Solving out-of-control student debt is mission critical for boosting America's economy. Some 40 million Americans have student loans totaling $1.3 trillion.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Fiscal impact of health care act appears impossible to trace

The Congressional Budget Office, which four years ago said Obamacare would reduce the deficit by $120 billion over 10 years, now says measuring the law's fiscal impact is impossible because of all the changes.

Former TV exec says college pay a dangerous path

A former president of CBS Sports says he fears the popularity of college sports would suffer if athletes receive money to play because fans enjoy the concept of young people playing sports for the love of the game.

COMMENTARY: CNN looks for a substitute when news can't deliver

As CNN marks its 34th birthday this month, a harsh truth endures: No, there really isn't, at least not enough to get viewers to stick around awhile.

Missouri company recalls 4,000 pound of beef because of mad cow fear

Jackson-based Fruitland American Meat is recalling about 4,012 pounds of beef because it could contain parts of the nervous system that can carry properties related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, the USDA said in a release Wednesday.

Zoo offers Fair St. Louis parking alternative

The Saint Louis Zoo on Wednesday announced that about 300 parking spaces at the old Forest Park Hospital will be available for $15 during the fair, with a free shuttle to transport visitors to the park.

UPDATE: Signs of damage remain 3 years after levee breach

About 130,000 acres of southeast Missouri was washed away when the government blasted three holes in a Mississippi River levee in 2011 flooding. Part of the area has recovered from the flood, and part of it never will.

Illinois man gets class ring back 31 years later

Jim Seubert lost the ring during a family vacation at Florida's Daytona Beach.

Missouri NAACP to push to abolish death penalty

The Missouri NAAACP says it will spend more time and resources than it ever has to rally people against the death penalty and pressure lawmakers to repeal it.

Humane Society opposes Missouri farming amendment

The Humane Society said the measure seeks to prohibit laws restricting industrialized agriculture and would allow large agricultural businesses to write their own rules.

Citing tourism, town bans open carrying of guns

The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen voted 4-2 on Tuesday to approve the ban, which still allows permit-holders to carry concealed weapons.

29 arrested in Franklin County drug raids; 11 children removed from homes

Deputies confiscated methamphetamine, crack cocaine, prescription narcotics and marijuana during raids conducted from May 28 through June 6. Guns were also seized and 11 children were removed from homes.

Police release 2 suspects in Wal-Mart shooting

Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said the suspects were held for the 24-hour maximum allowed by state law before being released Wednesday since criminal charges have not yet been filed.

90-year-old ex-president makes parachute jump

The nation's 41st president, George H.W. Bush, jumped from a helicopter at about 6,000 feet harnessed to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Golden Knights, the Army's parachute team. Elliott also guided Bush to a gentle landing five years ago.


Ruby Dee's legacy of activism, acting mourned

A legacy of entertaining and pushing for change — in addition to her epic love affair with Davis — made Dee, who died in her New Rochelle, New York, home on Wednesday night, a beloved figure in America and beyond.