After house fire, couple cherishes what was salvaged

David and Evelyn Ewing lost their home and most of their possessions in a house fire on Tuesday afternoon. The quilt Evelyn Ewing's grandmother hand-stitched for their wedding, old photo albums and a handmade box were among the items the fire spared.

After Tuesday's fire destroyed their home, the Ewings managed to salvage precious items.


Incoming MU School of Medicine class dons first white coats

Members of the MU School of Medicine's class of 2018 received a white coat Friday, a tradition that symbolizes their first steps to becoming physicians.

Results of MU academic career survey give snapshot of faculty satisfaction

The results, released Wednesday, are from the first Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education survey conducted at MU.

Columbia man accused of possessing, promoting child pornography

Scott May, 57, was charged with first-degree promoting child pornography and felony possession of child pornography Thursday after an investigation that began in May.

Sheriff's Department confirms draining pond in Bell homicide case

A pond near routes J and EE is being drained and searched in response to a tip the department received in the Charles Bell case. Bell was reported missing Sept. 18, 2011.

Former MU chancellor Brady Deaton honored with Missourian Award

Brady Deaton will receive a 2014 Missourian Award on Sept. 27. The award is given to Missouri citizens who have made contributions to their community and the state's vitality.

United Way approves funding for local community projects

The Heart of Missouri United Way distributed funds for projects at 10 local agencies addressing affordable housing, homelessness, food security and domestic violence.

Jewish groups to host event in support of Israel

Local Jewish organizations will host an event Sunday evening supporting Israel in its current conflict.

ENGAGEMENT: Elizabeth Hobbs, John Clay plan 2015 wedding

The couple are planning a May 24, 2015, wedding at Peace Lutheran Church in Washington, Missouri.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't believe scare tactics about farm amendment

Former state representative and family farmer Tom Loehner conceived the idea for Amendment 1 while sitting on his tractor. The bill will protect farmers, not harm them, he says.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' hurts farmers — and everyone else

The language of this bill is to keep "farmers" from being accountable. This helps corporate-style large farms, but hurts the family farmer, Ron Macher writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transportation sales tax will help solve funding crisis

If Amendment 7 passes Aug. 5, it will help upgrade and sustain Missouri's transportation system over the next 10 years, and beyond.

FROM READERS: Hometown Homecare to offer free open house, cancer screenings

The organization has been providing non-profit care for 46 years. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will be at Hometown Homecare, in Fayette,on September 2 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. to perform mammograms on site

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed gun amendment seriously endangers public safety

Amendment 5, known as the "Right to Bear Arms" amendment, is unnecessary and will make it easier for violent criminals to possess firearms.

Families await Peace Corps evacuees' homecoming

The Peace Corps is working to bring the volunteers home as quickly as possible and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that say people without a known exposure don't need to be screened but should monitor their health.

Royals trump Twins 6-3, but lose Hosmer

Kansas City put together a four-run seventh inning to secure the win.

Official: Police chokehold caused NYC man's death

Gov. Nixon calls for review of UMKC rankings

Gov. Jay Nixon's request was in reaction to The Kansas City Star's recent investigation of the validity of claims made by the Henry W. Bloch School of Management that may have led to the rankings.

Kansas City moves to ban open carry of firearms

Kansas City councilmembers have unanimously voted to ban people from openly carrying firearms within city limits.

Voter turnout projected at 27 percent in Missouri

Statewide voter turnout on Tuesday is projected at nearly 1.1 million people — about 27 percent of the almost 4.1 million Missourians registered to vote.