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Safety questions emerge as MU prepares off-campus expansion

Alicia Thater, left, an incoming MU sophomore, moves her belongings into an apartment at Campus View while fellow sophomore Arriell Calvin waits to go back to her car to finish moving. Because of an influx of incoming freshmen, Campus View and Campus Lodge opened their apartments for students who weren't able to get a room in the dorms on campus. "I don't think it'll be that much different," Thater said about safety at the apartments. "My car's a lot closer here than it was at Mizzou, so that's better for me."

A record number of incoming freshmen at MU has the Department of Residential Life seeking housing off campus. Although the university has sought additional housing in the past, the decision raises queries about students' safety.

Few new changes in 2009 fire district budget

The main budget pool remains equal to the 2008 mark, as only the bond retirement fund dipped from last year's level.

Missouri veterans director says he resigned under pressure

The director of Missouri's veterans' services agency said Wednesday he was forced to resign after pressure from Gov. Matt Blunt's administration.

Young delegates prepare for Democratic convention

Earlier this week, a trio of students attended a fundraiser held in their honor before traveling to next week's Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Returning to work not easy for Iraq, Afghanistan war vets

Because of both mental and physical problems, more than 500,000 veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a difficult time readjusting to daily working life back in the United States.

Egnew eager for future

Michael Egnew, a 6-foot-5 Plainview, Texas, native, was one of eight true freshmen Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel pinpointed after Monday’s practice as a possibility to bypass a redshirt season. Egnew’s transition from standout high school wide receiver to potential contributor as a reserve tight end behind senior Chase Coffman and junior Jon Gissinger represents a movement with the Tigers’ future in mind.

Young pilot takes to the skies in Columbia Balloon Invitational

The Columbia Balloon Invitational is this weekend, and the McGee family has been attending for 13 years. Adam McGee, 18, will compete for the first time.

Classical musicians play in Boonville

Missouri River Festival of the Arts, run by St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster David Halen, happens Thursday through Saturday.

UPDATE: Medical records sought of girl in MySpace bullying case

The lawyer of the woman accused of having a role in the hoax that allegedly led 13-year-old Megan Meier to hang herself says the records may show that it was a medication switch that caused her to kill herself.

Americans need answers from their candidates

There is a wave of spirit washing across the plains these days.

4 arrested after shots fired in store parking lot

All four were from Kansas City. Police say they don't know why they were here or whether the shooting was gang related. They did find casings from two different guns.

Execution of Skillicorn delayed

The Missouri Supreme Court delayed the Aug. 27 execution of Dennis Skillicorn by at least 30 days.

Officials disagree on smoke alarm requirements for nursing homes

The officials who are drafting fire rules for the state's long-term care facilities probably won't require smoke detectors in every room.

Struggle to save a kitten

A frightened kitten was rescued near South Commercial Drive on Wednesday after wandering into a manhole.

Hydrogen Road Tour refuels in Rolla

A fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles stopped in Missouri to promote the alternative fuel at one of the nation’s few fueling stations to power the cars.

Nuke weapons plant in KC to be rebid

A second attempt will be made to find a developer for the $500 million weapons plant after the first round of proposals were considered too expensive. It's considered a second chance to keep the plant and its 2,1oo jobs in Kansas City.

Millersburg Christian Church celebrates rich history

Part of the church's sesquicentennial celebrations has included excavation of the original church, and that's led to some interesting discoveries.

Man shot in the back after argument

The 25-year-old Columbia man told police he was driving away after a shouting match with another person on Claudell Lane when that person opened fire.

Medical records sought of girl in MySpace bullying case

The lawyer of the woman accused of having a role in the hoax that allegedly led 13-year-old Megan Meier to hang herself says the records may show that it was a medication switch that caused her to kill herself.

Councilwoman wants pregnant pet fees in Springfield

Two new laws require St. Joseph pet owners to obtain a breeder's permit for $20 or a litter permit for $100 when their pets reproduce.

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