Intellectual diversity bill passes House

Missouri college students are one step closer to being able to use the Bible as a historic reference in class, or report a professor to the university’s governing board if they feel they are being discriminated against because of their religious or political views.

Muslim women talk women’s rights as part of Islam Awareness Week

While women in the United States earned the right to vote in 1920, Muslim women were allowed to vote during elections in the sixth century. This was just one fact of many that MU students Hend El-Buri and Faten Elkomy made known to a group of 30 to 40 people Wednesday night in a discussion about the role of women in Islam. The panel discussion was part of the Muslim Students’ Organization’s Islam Awareness Week.

MoDOT short on funds for new 20-year plan

Missouri’s transportation system needs about twice as much money as it’s expected to get over the next couple decades, according to a new long-range plan released Wednesday.

Mees sets higher bar for campaign funds

In her successful bid to become a Columbia School Board member, Jan Mees raised more money than any school board candidate in the past five years, and probably much longer.

Nobel Prize winner speaks at MU Friday

Jody Williams didn’t plan on becoming an international activist, but a pamphlet changed it all.

Catching on & up

JEFFERSON CITY — The new interim president of the University of Missouri System on Wednesday received a lesson about the General Assembly from several state legislators, including Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia.

Fumes sicken several, MU building closes

Fumes from the MU power plant forced MU officials to shut down the Geological Sciences Building on Wednesday after several students and staff members inside the building reported feeling sick.

Fire prompts sprinkler bill

In a voice vote, the Missouri House gave initial passage to a bill that would require long-term care facilities to install sprinkler systems by 2015, a response to a November nursing home fire in Anderson that killed 11.

MU law students learn lesson in delayed cases

How do you prosecute a man for a crime he committed nearly four decades before?

“It’s like a wine,” attorney Doug Jones said. “It had to age.”

No major injuries after three-car accident involving a police officer

A Columbia police officer was taken to University Hospital after the police car he was driving was rear-ended by a tow truck at the intersection of Providence Road and Research Park Drive at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Blunt defends minimum wage

Gov. Matt Blunt said Wednesday that he opposes efforts to eliminate an annual inflationary pay raise for minimum wage workers that was included in a voter-approved ballot measure last year.

Securing their home

Cala Hazlett has lived at Columbia Square Town Homes with her 2-year-old son for just more than a year. As a Columbia native, she knows the area’s troubled history, but, as a current Columbia Square resident, she also recognizes how much it has changed for the better.

Novelist Vonnegut dies at 84

NEW YORK — Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Cat’s Cradle,” died Wednesday. He was 84.

Harris eyes a different state office

The numbers are in, and House Minority Leader Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, has amassed more than $132,000 for use in a probable attorney general run in 2008.

Folk singer was devoted to Mo. heritage

The music communities of Columbia and Boonville are mourning the loss of Bob Dyer, a folk musician, poet and historian known as the “Bard of Boonville” for his historical tales of his hometown.

Towe not satisified just yet

At the end of Tuesday’s practice, Rock Bridge coach Justin Towe was upset with the batting practice effort of his 5-0 Bruins. He admonished them for not taking quality swings in the batting cage as if they were struggling to score runs.

Robinson’s funeral draws thousands

Football greats, government figures and everyday people, all of them there to say goodbye to former Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson.