'Milk' screenwriter calls gay rights the 'civil rights fight of your generation'

Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for "Milk," spoke at MU Sunday.

MU faculty to discuss adding undergraduate diversity requirement

The general faculty body will discuss Thursday whether to form a committee that would review MU's general education curriculum, including the possibility of a required diversity course.

The Bluffs' new wing will help with care for Alzheimer's patients

The Bluffs nursing home is going to build a new wing that will utilize state of the art technology including GPS and weight-loaded floor sensors to manage and care for Alzheimer's patients.

ANALYSIS: Missouri agencies move forward with stimulus despite disagreements

State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon are battling over how to spend the money given to Missouri in the federal economic stimulus package.

Presbyterian reverend discusses change in the denomination

First Presbyterian Church welcomed the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, the U.S. Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, to discuss change in the Presbyterian denomination.

Columbia's Earth Day celebration draws 10,000 people to downtown

With environmental issues appearing in the news every day, more festival booths and participants lined Columbia's downtown for the city's Earth Day festival Sunday afternoon. Festival organizers said about 10,000 people attended the celebration.

Garden open house showcases urban agriculture and artwork

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture sponsored an open house for their demonstration garden. It featured local artwork, music and tours of the garden and greenhouse.

Missouri prepares for potential flu outbreak

Missouri officials have requested the state's share of anti-flu medicine and masks from the federal government.

Health experts unsure of swine flu's power

Confirmed cases of the swine flu rose to 20 by Sunday afternoon from eight on Saturday morning. An expert on global flu outbreaks, Michael Osterholm, is unsure if the swine flu is going to die out over the span of a week or the beginning of a pandemic.

Attorney General urges court to deny stay of execution request

Attorney General Chris Koster filed documents Friday that ask the Missouri Supreme Court to not grant a stay of execution for Dennis Skillicorn. Skillicorn was convicted of killing an Excelsior Springs man in 1994.

Source: Labor Dept. plans new safety regulations

The Labor Department plans to propose new rules that would protect workers from diacetyl, a chemical used to flavor popcorn, which has been causing severe lung disease as well as other repiratory illnesses.

Frankie Manning, Lindy Hop pioneer, dies at 94

Manning was a star attraction of Harlem's Savoy Ballroom and helped catapault the Lindy Hop to stage and screen. He was also a Tony Award-winning choreographer.

House Republicans propose new plan for Missouri stimulus money

A new plan for using Missouri's federal stimulus money for a tax cut will get its first airing in a House committee meeting today. It is estimated that the tax rebate would be about $500 per taxpayer.

Audit finds Missouri Medicaid oversight lacking

A state audit says the Program Integrity Unit in the Department of Social Services lacks the staff and budget necessary to track and prevent wasteful spending by Medicaid health care providers.

Today's Question: Missouri football players prepare for the NFL

Six former Missouri football players were picked in the NFL draft. Which former Missouri football players do you expect to see get significant playing time for their new teams next season? Who landed in the best situation?

Pope Benedict XVI names 5 new saints

The pope named the new saints on Sunday in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. The five were honored for their lives and works as a model of faith.

Teach for America recruits stick with Kansas City schools

In Kansas City's inner-city school system, 50 Teach for America recruits have kept with the program despite extremely tough conditions. The nationwide program claims that 90 percent of its teachers fulfill their two-year requirement in the nation's most challenging schools.

Working for the perks at Starbucks

James St. John began his office-organizing business, Re:Do, after being laid-off by Starbucks. He returned to work for Starbucks for health benefits.