Stephens College to hold convocation Thursday

Nancy Brown, the highest-ranking female officer ever in the U.S. Navy, will be the keynote speaker at Stephens College's annual convocation.

Hulshof benefits from repeal of campaign contribution limit

A state law that took effect on Thursday allows candidates to receive donations of unlimited size, but it requires that contributions of more than $5,000 be reported within 48 hours.

St. Louis man free after 1985 murder trial ruled flawed

Darryl Burton, 46, was released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center on Friday, when prosecutors in St. Louis decided against trying him a second time for a gas station killing.

State entities join eminent domain lawsuit

The secretary of state’s office last month announced that supporters of two proposed state constitutional amendments to limit the use of eminent domain had not collected enough signatures. The measure’s backers have sued to challenge that finding.

Officials hope to slow spread of emerald ash borer

Experts fear the beetles, which slowly kill ash trees, will soon spread beyond southeast part of the state.

UPDATE: Hulshof benefits from repeal of contribution limit

In the first few days since the limits were lifted, Hulshof reported receiving more than $1.2 million from contributors writing checks of between $5,000 and $600,000 a pop.

Health Department to show documentary "Unnatural Causes"

It will be shown starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Health Department building. The series investigates whether socioeconomic and racial inequalities, more than medical care, genes or behavior, affect the health of Americans.

Local GOP members laud Gustav focus, split on Palin

Many reiterated a common theme in backing Republicans' decision to postpone convention events in favor of focusing on aid to victims of Hurricane Gustav: Patriotism has no party.

Columbia College sees increase in enrollment

Following nationwide trends, enrollment is up at Columbia College this fall with 1,173 undergraduates enrolled on the day campus opened this fall, compared to 1,062 last fall.

Iraq War documentary to be screened at MU

"Body of War" tells the story of Tomas Young, a 25-year-old man paralyzed by a bullet four days after he arrived in Iraq.

Fewer evacuees than expected check into Calvary Baptist

With vivid memories of the damages Hurricane Katrina left three years ago, 2 million people fled Louisiana as Hurricane Gustav approached the Gulf Coast. Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia opened its doors to those displaced by the storm, but as of Monday night was without any evacuees.

Blunt selects new circuit judge for Jackson County

David Byrn will serve as a judge in Missouri’s 16th Circuit, filling a vacancy created when Judge Thomas Clark resigned.

Weak economic growth, job losses continue to plague Midwest

A survey by an economic forecasting group shows that economic activity is still weak in the Midwest.

Flags at half-staff to honor fallen soldier

All flags at state buildings will be flown at half-staff today to honor Steven Fitzmorris of Columbia who was killed in action in Iraq.

Political Courage Test is fair and balanced

The Political Courage Test for candidates, which is reviewed by Project Vote Smart, is filtered through many layers, making it a fair and balanced questionnaire.

Missouri National Guard readied for storm relief

Only hours after Hurricane Gustav hit, the Missouri National Guard arrived in Northern Louisiana in a 25-vehicle convoy.

Trial scheduled in case of state agent accused of manslaughter

A jury trial will start later this month for Steven Julian, an employee of the Missouri Department of Corrections, who is charged in the February shooting death of a 23-year-old man at Cape Girardeau.

A trial deemed unconstitutional frees man after 23 years

A St. Louis man convicted in a 1984 gas-station killing has been freed from prison on orders of a Cole County judge who ruled the man's capital murder trial was unconstitutionally flawed.

Mo. Humane Society takes custody of rescued animals

A raid in southwest Missouri last month was the largest animal rescue in the Humane Society’s history.

Solving the energy crisis needs to go beyond conservation

Opportunities abound for alternative energy in America. It will only take a little hard work and consensus.