Art of lobbying isn't all negative

President-elect Obama has banned lobbyist donations, giving the profession an unwarranted, immoral connotation.

Bush, Cheney should be impeached

White House leaders can still damage the country during their final two months in office.

LETTER: University needs to remember its land-grant mission

MU needs to focus back to its land-grant mission and stop spending money on frivolous studies.

Stevens loses Alaska Senate race

Sen. Ted Stevens' loss to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich moves Senate Democrats closer to a filibuster-proof majority.

MU football's bowl future remains unclear

Missouri clinched the Big 12 North on Saturday, but the Tigers’ bowl possibilities will remain blurred if they lose in the Big 12 championship game against Texas Tech, Texas or Oklahoma on Dec. 6 in Kansas City.

Cheney, Gonzales indicted in southern Texas

The vice president and former U.S. attorney general were indicted on charges related to violence toward inmates in privately-run prisons.

Of transmission and transition: KCOU prepares for its future

KCOU's relationship with the Missouri Students Association senate will end slowly over the next five years, along with the funding it receives from MSA. The station's management hopes KCOU will survive by gaining new listeners and finding new sources of revenue.

McCain still leads in Missouri as official results deadline passes

But the Missouri secretary of state waits to receive official election results from some of the state's most populous jurisdictions.

United Way sees dramatic drop in fundraising

A record-breaking fundraising campaign for the United Way is now falling short with only weeks to go. Now, the group has launched Live United Week, an effort including events, an online auction and T-shirt sales.

The Illinois connection: Split loyalties for MU women's basketball coaches

MU women's basketball coach Cindy Stein and associate head coach Lynnette Robinson both graduated from the University of Illinois and were teammates on the basketball team during the 1981-82 season.

St. Louis bids farewell to local brewer ownership

St. Louis locals are being gripped by the Anheuser-Busch brewery takeover. The $52 billion Belgium-based InBev buyout of the firm closed Tuesday. 

UPDATE: Jury selection begins in Internet suicide case

The 49-year-old Missouri woman is being charged with Myspace taking part in an online hoax that allegedly caused the suicide of a teenage neighbor, Megan Meier.

Big trouble for small casinos, industry head says

Casino companies are all grappling with the rough economy, but smaller operators might be less likely to survive, the American Gaming Association's leader said Tuesday at a conference.

K.C. woman convicted of reduced charge in shooting death

A Kansas City woman who was briefly on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list was found guilty of reduced charges in a fatal shooting.

Chicago publisher faces wave of resignations

A handful of top executives at Sun-Times Media leave after major shareholders call for new direction.

Counselors exempt from paying Social Security

The Social Security Administration announced Tuesday that counselors will continue to pay their retirement into Public School Retirement Security. Meanwhile, Missouri educators met Tuesday with the state Office of Administration.

About 50 positions remain open in hiring freeze, Deaton says

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said Tuesday that about 50 positions, including research and grant- and contract-funded faculty positions, are unfrozen. The rest of the 300 open positions will be closed.

Sheriff's deputies search suspected meth lab

Sheriff's deputies searched a suspected methamphetamine lab northeast of Columbia on Tuesday morning.

UPDATE: Two arrested on suspicion of burglary

Five burglaries at The Links apartment complex were reported on Nov. 11, and an unknown number occured Monday, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia man, 21, arrested on suspicion of child pornography

Trevor Scott Dunn was arrested on suspicion of first-degree promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to a news release from the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.