UPDATE: Politicians debate over use of state’s largest surplus in two decades

Some House and Senate members want to use the money to improve health care and education while others are more weary about spending the surplus.

InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch will cause cut in white-collar jobs

InBev has not said whether it will cut more jobs on top of the 1,185 positions Anheuser-Busch had already said it had planned. All of the Anhesuer-Busch breweries will remain open.

Probation, parole officers rally to demand back pay

Probation and parole officers rallied Tuesday to demand that they begin receiving about $4.4 million in back pay the courts have said the state owes them.

Boone County Fire District to vote on salaries

The Boone County Fire Protection District board of directors will vote Thursday on whether to freeze or reduce the salary of Fire Chief Steve Paulsell among others.

Researchers look to video games for therapeutic effects

Scientists, intrigued by video games’ intrinsic ability to distract and focus the mind, have for decades looked for ways to use video games to improve health and patient outcomes.

Columbia searching for answers to high trihalomethanes in water

The latest results are the highest level of trihalomethanes found in the city’s drinking water in the past 10 years.

High chloride levels found in two city wells

Two wells that supply drinking water to Columbia have unusually high chloride levels, according to documents supplied to the Missourian by the city Department of Water and Light.

St. Louis police start initiative to stabilize crime-ridden neighborhoods

The St. Louis Police Department are putting a new strategy into action, which includes a curfew for children younger than 18, to decrease the number of homicides in the city.

Blunt’s deputy commissioner will become Kinder’s new chief of staff

Richard Auchon, who served in the Blunt administration, will be taking over for Eric Feltner, who resigned last month when it became public he had been charged with two misdemeanor pornography counts.

Anheuser-Busch theme parks likely to be one of first things InBev cuts

Having agreed to buy the largest U.S. brewer for $52 billion, the “non-core assets” like Busch Gardens and SeaWorld seem likely to go on the market. But even if InBev decides to spin off the theme park divisions, it’s not clear who would buy them.

Finance reports filed by Republican gubernatorial candidates

Hulshof raised five times more than Steelman during the past quarter.

Delegates from Inner Mongolia absorb all things American

Eighteen delegates from Inner Mongolia are in Columbia to learn about the American government and culture.


Rock ’n’ roll cellist to perform at Missouri Theatre

Matt Haimovitz wants to let people know that classical music is still relevant by putting a modern twist on the genre of music that’s been around for hundreds of years.

UPDATE: Mo. National Guard says personal information may have been compromised

The Guard insists there's little reason to expect the information will be exploited. Columbia police say a National Guard computer was stolen in Columbia.

Primary primer: Lieutenant governor candidates offer stances on issues

The 10 candidates for lieutenant governor competing for party nominations on the Aug. 5 primary ballot outline their positions on key issues.

Evening garden offers oasis after a day of work

Our eyes see differently at night, and colors tend to take on a different look. An evening garden relies heavily on flowers that are white or light-colored and so are visible even on a moonless night.

Farm Bill expands loans for start-up farmers

As the cost of farming continues to grow, the 2008 Farm Bill has increased the size of loans for beginning farmers.

Stay granted for first person in line to be executed

John Middleton, 48, was scheduled to die by lethal injection on July 30.

Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay Mo. more than $11M to settle Medicaid fraud case

The payment is part of a national settlement in which the drug-maker has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to 44 states and the federal government. Missouri’s portion of the settlement was announced Tuesday.

Mo. National Guard says personal information may have been compromised

The Guard is withholding details pending an investigation, and insists there’s little reason to expect the information to be exploited.