John McCain plans to stop in Columbia next week

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain plans to visit Columbia on Monday, Missouri Republican Party spokeswoman Tina Hervey said in an e-mail.

Jill Biden to speak in Columbia

Jill Biden, wife of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, will be making stops throughout Missouri beginning Friday, Oct. 16. Biden is expected to address the issues struggling families face with the declining economy.

Hulshof takes in $500,000 from political party committees

The Republican gubernatorial nominee denounced political party committees under Missouri’s old campaign finance laws but said that, with the repeal of campaign contribution limits, the committees aren’t the “sham” they once were.

Group commemorates those who commit suicide because of discrimination

The MU organization Allies in Action placed 1,752 flags on Carhahan Quadrangle on Thursday to represent the number of people who commit suicide each year among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

MU to vote on new grievance policy

MU faculty members will vote Oct. 29 on a new policy that could change the way grievances are handled. 

Missouri small businesses find it tough to get loans

As economic clouds darken, mid-Missouri lenders are creating hurdles for small businesses to borrow cash, often preferring to lend only to the most promising or credit-worthy.

William E. Connolly to speak on spirituality, belief and time

The author, known for his analysis of social science and work ith postmodern philosophy in political theory, will speak on issues raised in his latest book, "Capitalism and Christianity, American Style."

Columbia, state churches to pool supplies for needy

Members of Columbia churches will join thousands of people from around the state to gather and send out resources for local and worldwide mission organizations this weekend at the annual Festival of Sharing.

Missouri Cowboy Poets Association to host fundraising event

The Missouri Cowboy Poets Association and Del Shields will put on a show Saturday at the Show Me Farms Sale Arena to raise money for a scholarship program offering funds to youth interested in agriculture.

Keeping the candidates — and the Missourian — accurate

Although the Missourian Watchword live debate blog was clunky to use, it provided readers with real-time fact checks, comparing candidates' words with the truth. Now that we've held candidates accountable for the truth, we're launching a "stand-down for accuracy" to keep the Missourian accountable too.

'Show Me Solar 2008' to emphasize alternative energy tax incentives

The $700 billion economic stimulus package recently passed by Congress extended and revamped several established alternative energy tax credits.

MU journalism student, alumnus snag national writing honors

One graduate student and one alumnus of the MU School of Journalism won top awards Wednesday night in the student category of the Society of Environmental Journalists' national contest.

Concerts, festivals and fairs abound Oct. 17 to 19

Kansas City homicides could hit decade high

Killings in Kansas City are happening at an alarming rate, and police and residents say the slayings can be traced to years of economic depression and failed education. Two more suspected homicides were reported Thursday morning, bringing the yearly toll to 105, and officials say 2008 could wind up as the deadliest year in Kansas City since the 1990s. There were 21 homicides in August alone — a record for a single month.

Appeals court hears Missouri 'Choose Life' case

A case in the federal appeals court questions whether a "Choose Life" license plate falls under constitutional protection of private speech.

Lieutenant governor wants session to up utility aid

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Thursday that higher projected energy costs for this winter demand quicker action.

EPA tightens health standard for airborne lead

EPA officials, who were under a federal court order to set a new health standard for lead by midnight Wednesday, said cutting the amount of toxic metal in gasoline would better protect health, especially children's health.

Computer tech verifies e-mail in Blunt lawsuit

In a deposition, a state computer technician said he saw an e-mail in which Scott Eckersley, a former staff attorney for Gov. Matt Blunt, raised concerns about the offices e-mail policy.

New group seeks alternative ways to prevent child abuse

 Grandparents and Others on Watch is a new group dedicated to preventing child abuse through education, awareness and civic action. The group, which started in Columbia, hopes to become a national organization in five years.

Rain organization hosts gala for AIDS education

The money raised at the event will go toward the funding of emergency utility and rental services.