'Flyin' West' follows characters in midst of 'black exodus'

"Flyin' West," the latest offering at the Rhynsburger Theatre at MU, tells a historically powerful story about four women seeking a new life in an African-American town in Kansas.

MTV's "The Real World" to cast on MU campus

Bunim/Murray Productions will be in Columbia next week to cast for the reality show "The Real World." They are looking for people between the ages of 18 and 24 to be on the 23rd season of the show, which runs on MTV.

Youths to display hip hop skills in honor of Black History Month

The community division of the city Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the event at the Frederick Douglass High School gym.

Man arrested after head-on collision with semi on I-70

Early Wednesday morning, a car driving the wrong way on I-70 collided with a semitrailer truck near a construction zone. The driver appeared to be intoxicated, police said. No one was injured.

UPDATE: Workers' compensation ruling could lead to more lawsuits, attorney warns

The Missouri Supreme court ruled that people excluded from the workers' compensation system because of a narrower definition of "accidental injury" now could sue their employers in court.

UPDATE: Officials consider privatizing Kansas City airport

A plan to privatize Kansas City International Airport would bring in more than $1 billion for the city.

Missouri Supreme Court rejects challenge to workers' law

Missouri's Supreme Court rejected labor union challenges to a 2005 workers' compensation law Tuesday. However, the court widened the interpretation of "accidental injury," which one workers' compensation lawyer thinks will start a flood of lawsuits against employers.

Court upholds conviction for 2001 slaying near Springfield

The state Supreme Court rejected various claims that David Zink had ineffective legal aid in his 2004 trial.

Senate passes change to highway building law

Legislation passed Wednesday by the Senate would give the Missouri Department of Transportation greater power to award design-build contracts for road and bridge projects.

Missouri House votes to exempt more businesses from franchise tax

The Missouri House voted 143-17 Wednesday to exempt companies worth $10 million or less from paying business franchise taxes. A business franchise tax is a levy on a corporation's assets, inventory and property.

Judge drops eye drop poisoning case

The first-degree assault case against 40-year-old Tonia Peterson was dropped Monday because of lack of evidence. Peterson was accused of poisoning her husband with Visine eyedrops in his tea.

Senate panel rejects red-light camera ban

A Missouri Senate committee rejected a ban on the use of automated cameras at red lights. Proponents of the ban contend that the cameras are unconstitutional and lead to rear-end accidents.

Grocery distribution center to add jobs in Republic

Gov. Jay Nixon and leaders from the town of Repulic announced plans for a new McLane Company grocery distribution center that is expected to create 400 jobs. The 400,000-square foot warehouse is expected to open in 2010.

Union man pleads guilty to shooting death of father

Michael Hunt, 29, pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge Tuesday in the 2008 shooting death of his father. His sentencing will be on May 5.

Officials consider privatizing Kansas City airport

Kansas City officials are thinking about applying for one of the remaining spots in a federal program to privatize airports. Officials estimate the sale would bring in $1 billion for city operations and construction.

Senate approves bill to create child support courts

Under the bill, people convincted of failing to pay child support could have their sentences reduced if they complete court-ordered treatment or resume payments. The bill will now be sent to the House.

Columbians observe Ash Wednesday, Lent

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the 40-day period of repentance known as Lent.  Those who observe Lent usually give up or take on something as a way of sacrifice and devotion.

Two people killed in crash near Fulton

The crash occured on Old Business 54, as a 17-year-old driver turned off of U.S. 54 in Callaway county Tuesday evening, colliding with another vehilcle, killing a 38-year-old man and 18-year-old man.