Blunt bashes Bush's bailout plan

The Missouri governor said the president's plan is not the right option for reforming the country's economy.

Anti-abortion group withholds endorsement of Lt. Gov. candidates

When Missouri Right To Life, an anti-abortion rights organization, publishes its endorsements for statewide offices next week, neither the Republican or Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor will be on that list, a group spokesperson said Wednesday.

Emergency response exercise carried out by rescue agencies

On Thursday, local emergency response teams, including the Columbia Fire Department, Boone County Fire Protection District personnel and MU police, conducted an emergency response exercise near MU's Animal Sciences Research Center.

Police might be watched by citizen board

The Citizen Oversight Committee, set up in June 2007 by Mayor Darwin Hindman to help City Council decide whether a review board should be established, is set to publish its final report today. The committee has put its unanimous support behind setting up a review board.

Ninth District candidates sound off on bailout

COLUMBIA - Candidates for Missouri's Ninth District sounded off Thursday on Congress' proposed $700 billion financial bailout plan, with both major party candidates stressing that any bill needed to work for the American people rather than financial bigwigs.

Blunt holds onto $1.23 million in campaign funds

Gov. Matt Blunt said he's not ruling out another run for public office, and to that end, will not close his campaign accounts. Blunt currently has more than $1.23 million on hand from his previous campaign.

Graphic novel viewed as contemporary literature, professor says

The comic book — or graphic novel — has secured its place in contemporary literature, said MU associate professor Andrew Hoberek at a lecture at Stephens College on Wednesday.

MU professors: Presidential debate could be decisive

The presidential debate between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama could decide the race. MU communications professor Mitchell McKinney said certain characteristics of this year's presidential race create the right atmosphere for a debate that could greatly affect the outcome. 

Centralia to commemorate 144th anniversary of battle

Centralia will commemorate the 144th anniversary of the Centralia Massacre and the Battle of Centralia, which took place on Sept. 27, 1864.

Committee to inform voters on water bond

Mayor Darwin Hindman announced Thursday the appointment of a citizens committee to inform voters of a $38.9 million water bond issue for the Nov. 4 election.

Rock Bridge starts homecoming week with parade

Friday's parade in downtown Columbia begins homecoming week for Rock Bridge High School.

Crickets: That's what's for dinner

Richard Houseman will be cooking up batches of crickets and mealworms on Saturday and serving them to anyone who dares at the South Farm Showcase. The event is free and features a range of science oriented activities, food, music, and vendors.

Columbia Festival of the Arts to return this weekend

In an eclectic flurry of dance, music, literature and art, the Columbia Festival of the Arts will commence its 17th annual celebrations on Courthouse Square this Saturday and Sunday.

Committee looks at revamping child care regulations

Rising health care costs create problems for Mo. farmers

A survey of farmers and ranchers released Thursday by the nonprofit Missouri Rural Crisis Center shows that one in five reported financial problems caused in part by spiraling health care costs.

Hearing set in child support case of Cole County prosecutor

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson is contesting a judge's ruling that he owes $132,000 in unpaid alimony and child support.

Testimony continues in Mo. robbery-slaying trial

A Missouri teenager is charged with killing an elderly couple and setting their home on fire in a $70 robbery on June 5, 2006.

Pharmacy board punts restaurant name issue

The Missouri Board of Pharmacy on Wednesday took no action against Justus Drugstore: A Restaurant. The board earlier this year ordered the restaurant's owners to drop drugstore from its name, relying on a state law that prohibits businesses from using that term, along with "pharmacy" and "apothecary," unless they employ a licensed pharmacist.

Governor says state vehicle travel costs down $10 million

In 2005, Blunt's administration issued a new travel policy. It requires employees to use state vehicles or rental cars whenever they are cheaper than reimbursing employees for using their personal vehicles.

$700 billion equals what?

All the populace knows is that somewhere there is $700 billion that will be used to fix another fine financial mess we have gotten ourselves in.