When state law clashes with federal rulings

Four years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile offenders, a Missouri senator is working to bring Missouri into compliance before the session...

June 30th, 2016 |  


Proactive school policies on bullying, suicide

A state law to help schools identify bullying and signs of potential suicide is a proactive policy already practiced by a number of districts.Gov. Jay...

June 30th, 2016 |  


New law improves student safety

It took too long, but Missouri lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon have strengthened the protections afforded to students threatened by bullying.A measure Ni...

June 30th, 2016 |  


Combat sex trafficking; protect victims

Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature “dotted the i and crossed the t” on legislation to ramp up the fight against sex trafficking and enhance ...

June 30th, 2016 |  


Pettis County agriculturalist fulfills stereotype

Pettis County agriculturalist fulfills stereotype

One of the enduring legends of the 19th century was that of the man who was born in a log cabin, grew up in poverty, but through hard work and frugal ...

June 28th, 2016 |  


A peek at bands performing at State Fair

A peek at bands performing at State Fair

The days and weeks of summer seem to speed up as the season goes on. Before I know it we’ve passed the Fourth of July and soon August is here an...

June 28th, 2016 |  


Not every day can be ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Not every day can be ‘Stairway to Heaven’

No one plans to have a bad day, or to put out poor work. It just kind of happens.Sometimes, what we think is a solid, creative effort turns out to be ...

June 24th, 2016 |  


Reach out to your public representatives

Reach out to your public representatives

“1776” is one of my favorite movies, and I try to watch it every July 4th. It is a fictionalized, dramatized, and, I think, beautifully ro...

June 24th, 2016 |  


Strawberry picking time

Strawberry picking time

Columnist’s Note: Most of my summer memories are about dealing with the heat, but this one is about the sweet memory of picking strawberries, an...

June 24th, 2016 |  


Natural history and Francis Sampson

Natural history and Francis Sampson

Natural history is defined as the study of plants and animals byobservation rather than experimentation and the presentation of the results of the stu...

June 21st, 2016 |