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UPDATE: Ritter will work to restore confidence in the district

New interim superintendent for Columbia Public Schools, Jim Ritter addresses the media with school board President Michelle Gadbois at an early-morning press conference held to announce the his succession to recently-retired superintendent Phyllis Chase.

Ritter appears to have risen quickly to the top of a very short list of candidates to lead the district until a permanent superintendent can be found.

Nuclear plant designs share similarities

AmerenUE submitted a license application late last month to build and operate a second nuclear plant in Callaway County.

Special Olympics boycotts "Tropic Thunder"

Special Olympics Missouri protested the movie “Tropic Thunder” on Wednesday night because of its use of the word “retard” and its portrayal of people with disabilities.

Volunteers ask for donations to help sister city in Republic of Georgia

Volunteers from A Call to Serve, an international relief organization, met this morning at First Baptist Church to discuss and organize humanitarian relief for Georgia.

Rock Bridge grad experiences success at Quarter Horse shows

Cara Walker, 19, places second overall at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

Letter: Finding truths about oil prices

Voters must consider the candidates' platform and position on off-shore oil drilling and production.

Professor sheds light on reasons for conflict

The immediate cause of the Russia-Georgia conflict is that certain Georgian provinces, such as South Ossetia, are trying to become independent territories.

Man arrested in burglary attempt at Hilton Garden Conference Center

The intruder was found in the insulation and evidence suggests he came in through a vent, Columbia police said.

Missouri's new immigration law hopelessly flawed

Missouri’s Illegal Aliens and Immigration Status Verification law does not adequately deal with Congress’ failures to provide options for employers to hire legal workers or to keep families together because an “enforcement-only” approach is not a viable solution.

Cessation program draws surprising number of smokers

More than twice as many people as anticipated have been served by the Columbia/Boone County Health Department's Smoking Cessation Program.

Re-sodding of Francis Quadrangle begins

The sod will be laid in time for students to enjoy the quad later this month.

Eight charged with selling alcohol to minors at Missouri State Fair

Complaint claims nooses found at plant in Cape Girardeau

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