Columbia School Board candidates meet public at first forum

Candidates for the two open positions on the Columbia Public Schools board met with the public Thursday. It was their first meeting.

MU softball team scrimmages Saturday

The Tigers, who won an NCAA Regional a season ago, will play their annual Black and Gold game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Suspected gang leader to be detained until trial

Eric Sherron Coats, suspected leader of the Cut Throat gang, was ordered to be detained along with co-defendant Tarron Montez Cason until trial, scheduled to begin July 20. Coats' attorney had argued Coats would not be a flight risk based on his previous cooperation with the FBI.

Nixon seeks scholarship consolidation in Higher Education Department

Barring legislative rejection of the plan, Gov. Jay Nixon will consolidate various scholarship and grant programs under the Department of Higher Education. Nixon also seeks to extend free tuition under the A+ Schools Program beyond community college.

Costs, economy drive more Americans into medical debt

With the economy getting worse, many people find themselves facing a mountain of medical debt. With employers cutting benefits, bills for the uninsured continue to grow.

Rock Bridge wrestlers lose final home dual

Rock Bridge honored their seniors on Thursday night in the Bruins' final home dual, a 54-9 loss to Jefferson City.

Columbia College men's team earns fifth AMC win

The Cougars won 60-44 on Thursday night at Hannibal-LaGrange.

SUV collides with city fire truck

The fire engine had its emergency lights and sirens on when it was hit by the sport utility vehicle. No one was injured.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers seek petition regulations

State lawmakers are hoping to pass proposals to clarify ballot summaries by creating a bipartisan review commission and prohibit pay-per-signature petition circulators. A similar bill banning circulators earning money for each signature passed in the house last year, but died in the Senate.

Hearing set for mother in incest, murder case

The mother of the Harrisonville girl who was allegedly molested by her father may face more charges in addition to the one count of endangering the welfare of a child she faces now.

Missouri lawmakers hope to alter ballot initiative process

Missouri lawmakers' proposals would make some petitions harder to pass by prohibiting per-signature circulators in hopes of preventing fraud.

Missouri House OKs $9 million economic development package

The bill would provide business incentives and tax breaks to employers.

Missouri woman convicted in 2003 slaying

Paula Hall, 42, of Sparta, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 68-year-old Freda Heyn of Oldfield. A man accused of cleaning up the crime scene is still at large.

Missouri county leaders rally for inmate reimbursements

Counties are paid $22 per day when the state requires county jails to house prisoners, but county officials say their costs are closer to $40 per day.

Man who poisoned dog to spend 30 days in jail

A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty to poisoning his neighbor's dog for barking at night.

Gun taken from St. Louis-area student

An eighth-grader at Westview Middle School outside St. Louis was found to have an unloaded gun in his possession at school Wednesday morning. Parents of students at the school were notified of the incident.

Missouri House advances economic development package

The legislation, which needs another vote before moving to the Senate, includes an expansion of a popular tax incentive program for employers who add well-paying jobs with health insurance benefits.

LaGrange man charged with killing wife, infant son

Christopher Piersee, 24, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Jefferson City father charged with raping teen daughter

The man said he confused his 13-year-old daughter for his wife after drinking too much during the Super Bowl.

Wife of man who impregnated daughter due in court

Authorities say the wife of a Harrisonville man who fathered four children with his teenage daughter did little to stop the girl's sexual abuse.