Controversial amendment could stall immigration reform

The amendment gives the state attorney general the power to investigate companies that try to hide the employment of illegal workers by misclassifying them.

Farm bill diverts money to farmer subsidies

A five-year farm bill in Congress this week does little to address the growing global food crisis. Instead, it diverts money that could be spent feeding poor children abroad to give more subsidies for U.S. farmers now enjoying record high crop prices and incomes.

Lawmakers reject database fee increase

In a rebuke of Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration, House members on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a large fee increase charged to businesses obtaining vehicle and driver’s license information from state databases.

Obama courts working class in Cape Girardeau

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama stressed his desire to help the middle class during an economic town hall Tuesday in Cape Girardeau — a visit viewed as an attempt to court working-class and swing voters.

Coffee house strengthens neighborhood bonds

The Benton-Stephens Coffee House brings together college students and long-time residents of the neighborhood every first Saturday of the month.

Gas leak prompts evacuations at Ninth and University

The leak was caused by a car colliding with a parked vehicle, which then pushed a Dumpster into a gas meter.

Theater honor society aims to build community

MU students have founded an organization to help build up the name, and bring together the community, of MU’s theatre department.

Health department to hold women's health fair

The Boone County Health Department is hosting a health and wellness fair for women from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Health Department, located at 1005 W. Worley St.

Parents ask for later start to school

A small group of parents want school to start later because of the heat and to save energy, but the district says there would be obstacles in achieving this.

Suspected con artist in custody in Florida

A man suspected of swindling money from Columbia churches and businesses was detained this weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., but Columbia investigators are trying to ascertain whether they can arrest him on charges of stealing.

Power outage affects homes in East Campus

A power outage hit the East Campus neighborhood Tuesday morning, causing 5,300 people to go without power for 10 minutes.

Obama set to discuss economy in Cape Girardeau

The Democratic presidential hopeful will meet with workers at a clothing manufacturer. The stop is part of a tour of mostly swing states.

Female lawmakers say discrimination remains in Missouri’s legislature

Although one-half of Missouri’s statewide elected officials are women, some women in Missouri’s legislature say gender equality has not been extended to the state legislature.

Mo. lawmakers pass water park insurance legislation

The legislation requires private, for-profit water parks to have at least $1 million worth of liability insurance in case a customer dies or is injured.

Weather conditions resembling those from stormy weekend possible today

Even if the latest storms aren’t particularly violent, they’ll make for a soggy cleanup in towns such as Picher, Okla.

Semitrailer catches fire on I-70

A semitrailer caught fire Monday afternoon on Interstate 70 at the Missouri River bridge. The driver escaped without injury.

Letter: Arab Palestinians must accept Israel as a Jewish state

References to Israel's 41-year occupation of Palestinian territories could be misleading, without some insight on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Determination not in question in upset of Rock Bridge baseball team

No. 3 seed Rock Bridge lost 19-7 to No. 6 seed Jefferson City in a run-rule shortened six-innings in the first round of Class 4, District 10 baseball tournament Monday in Jefferson City.

Rock Bridge tennis team advances players to state meet

The Rock Bridge tennis team advanced one singles player and two doubles teams to the state tournament

Hickman tennis team goes out in style

Hickman’s Alex Turner cut his hair into a Mohawk to help inspire the Kewpies tennis team for its district tournament.