Boone County public defenders refuse cases

District Defender Kevin O’Brien works on the paperwork covering his desk at Columbia’s Public Defender’s office on Wednesday afternoon. The piles of case work represent only five business days' worth of files.

Missouri public defenders' caseloads have steadily increased but the state has not supplied them with more lawyers. In reaction, Boone County's public defenders are taking a small step by turning down suspended execution of sentence cases.

First Ward members celebrate Million Man March anniversary

Community members in the First Ward gathered on Sunday to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Million Man March.
The march began in 1995 as one of the largest demonstrations in Washington, D.C.,  to promote black family values and unity.

Missouri sinks again in polls

After dropping eight spots last week, Missouri fell five spots to No. 16 in both polls after Saturday's loss to Texas. The Tigers' punishment was less harsh in the initial BCS rankings, which debuted with Missouri at No. 15

Republican firm ran 'stealth lobbying campaign' for Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac secretly paid the firm, DCI of Washington, $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and cut the mortagage finance giant and Fannie Mae three years before the government took them over. Two of the targeted senators were Kit Bond and Jim Talent from Missouri.

Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president

Sunday, on NBC's "Meet the Press," retired Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Illinos Sen. Barack Obama for President. Powell said that he disagreed with McCain's decision to focus on Obama's ties to radical William Ayers, and that he thought Obama had a better plan to improve the image of the U.S. 

McCain stop in Columbia still unconfirmed

As of Sunday evening, McCain spokesperson Wendy Riemann could not confirm whether the Republican presidential hopeful from Arizona would be making an appearance in Columbia on Monday.

Great harvest, poor prices

A farming season that once appeared to be doomed by the weather has turned out pretty well for Midwest soybean and corn crops.

Newspaper: Mo. Teachers pension fund officials living it up

Thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent by top executives of the Missouri's teachers pension fund. This includes $1,500 bar tabs, company cars, free gas reimburstments for travel unrelated to business, and stays at New York hotels with a rate of $604.39 a night.

Trio of MU juniors open custom-made cookie shop

 Hot Box Cookies, the brainchild of three MU juniors, begins delivering fresh cookies Monday. The store opened its doors for the first time Friday, and its owners hope to expand to college campuses across the nation.

MU soccer team surprises Texas A&M

The Missouri soccer team used a tough defense to upset Texas A&M 3-0 on Sunday in College Station, Texas.

Former Finnish president wins 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

Martti Ahtisaari won for his work as an international negotiator, particularly his most recent work bringing a peace settlement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement. Meanwhile, questions remain regarding the durability of the agreement made last week between the U.S. and North Korea.


ANALYSIS: Most Mo. donors unaffected by cap repeal

The recent repeal of capping donations to political candidates has had little effect on most Missourians and mostly affects the wealthiest donors.

BOONE LIFE: Family celebrates belated birthday while dad's at home

On Oct. 4, the Thompson family of Centralia celebrated their son Caleb's third birthday. Caleb puttered around the house, breaking in his birthday gift — a minitature red car. It's a tiny vehicle, dwarfed by his dad's semi-truck parked in the driveway.

Film festival puts focus on female filmmakers

Celebrating the Citizen Jane Film Festival's first year, attendees participated in film workshops, screenings and Q&A discussions Friday through Sunday at various locations around Columbia, including Stephens College and Ragtag Cinema. The festival stemmed from a lecture series focusing on female filmmakers that began in 2005.

Timeline of Events for the Missouri Public Defender System

The strain on the Missouri State Public Defender has led to a system now refusing certain cases.

MU tennis players impressive in New Mexico

The MU tennis team had an impressive showing in the final day of the New Mexico Invite.

Family prepares to sell land for Perche Creek Trail

A 27.5 acre field near Perche Creek has been owned by the Anderson family for around 40 years. On Monday, the Columbia City Council could pass an ordinance allowing to city to buy the land for a future recreational trail and possible athletic field development.

AmerenUE applies to raise rates to cover filing fee for nuclear plant

AmerenUE's latest rate case before the Public Service Commission includes expenditures that two environmental groups say are illegal to make customers pay.

State unemployment trust funds drying up

A national report says Missouri only has 5 months of unemployment insurance stocked in its reserves.