Nixon will have to appoint new auditor to serve Schweich's term

State law says the governor appoints a new auditor when a vacancy occurs to fill the office for the rest of the term until a new auditor is elected.

Missouri science museum to expand after receiving large anonymous donation

The expansion will include a lower-level bone preparation room where visitors can see fossils being readied for display, an observation deck and a gift shop with fossils for sale.

Accused Boston bomber's lawyer has saved notorious clients from death

Judy Clarke has made it her career representing the accused offenders of some of the most high-profile crimes in the last half-century. She appeared in court again this week representing the man accused of orchestrating the bombing of the Boston Marathon.


AP Exclusive: Wal-Mart CEO talks workers, customers, critics

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries, has struggled with two years of mostly sluggish sales due in large part to a challenging global economy and major changes in how people shop.

Supreme Court to rule on federal subsidies for health insurance

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week over whether millions of people covered by the nation’s health care law can legally continue to get financial help to pay for their insurance. If the court says no, millions of consumers across more than 30 states could lose federal subsidies for their premiums.

Changes for storm sirens unveiled in southwest Missouri

A change in the sever storm siren sounds this year, which is voluntary for any municipality, might provide southwest Missouri residents with a more clear idea of what kind of danger they are in when storms pass over.

St. Louis schools are teaching chess to help students

Several programs give students the chance to pit their chess skills against the skills of others after school, but a few schools are considering moving chess into the regular school day.

Facebook adds new gender option for users: fill in the blank

People who choose a custom gender can also choose the pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her or they/their.

Psychology on order: How restaurants get you to spend more

Restaurant menus are a complicated mixture of psychology, art and sales pitches. No detail is too small to matter, right down to the dollar sign.

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

The new rules require that any company providing a broadband connection to your home or phone must act in the "public interest" and refrain from using "unjust or unreasonable" business practices.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin: I'm not running in 2016

Akin's 2012 Senate bid was undermined when he remarked in a TV interview that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy from what he called "legitimate rape." Akin released a one-sentence statement Thursday announcing, "I will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2016."

UMKC seeks to raise $6.75 million from faculty, staff by June 2016

The UMKC Foundation says it wants to raise $6.75 million from faculty and staff by the end of June 2016.

United Airlines flight diverted to Wichita lands safely

The Bombardier Q-400 aircraft was operated by Republic Airlines and was headed to the Kansas City International Airport in Missouri.

Police: Body found in Kansas City well identified

Police say Janina Vasquez's body was discovered in a 25-foot well near the Missouri River on Feb. 19.

Car stolen from dealership has been in 6 chases since theft

Police in Wentzville say a man entered Century Dodge Chrysler on Feb. 14 and asked to test drive a 2009 Pontiac G8. He spotted the keys to the car and stole the vehicle.

Authorities confirm Missouri deaths were murder-suicide

Willard Police Chief Tom McClain said Wednesday investigators determined that 54-year-old Edward Rollins shot his wife, 43-year-old Sherry Rollins, three times before shooting himself. Their bodies were found at their home Feb. 12.

Bonds reduced for 4 accused in staged Missouri kidnapping

Bond was reduced for four people accused of kidnapping a six-year-old boy in order to teach him a lesson about stranger danger earlier this month. Three defendants are charged with felony kidnapping, felonious restraint, and abuse or neglect of a child. The mother is charged with felony kidnapping and abuse or neglect of a child.

Former Missouri bank worker accused of embezzling $410,000

Katherine Nicholle Brown is accused of felony embezzlement.

St. Louis takes steps to bolster Section 8 program

The program is aimed at avoiding concentrations of poverty.

Tall office building planned at St. Louis hospital complex

The new building will be at the site of the Storz office building.