World takes drastic steps to contain swine flu

Officials worldwide have begun to take measures against the spread of swine flu, including more frequent cleaning of public restrooms and the slaughtering of pigs.

Mexican boy visiting Texas first U.S. swine flu death

The swine flu virus claimed its first victim in the U.S. on Wednesday morning. The 23-month-old boy, of Mexico City, was visiting relatives in Brownsville and developed flu symptoms four days later.

Shooting survivor asks Senate to abandon campus conceal-and-carry legislation

A four-bullet survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings urged Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday to abandon the idea of letting students carry concealead weapons on campus. The proposed bill passed through the House and has had an initial reading in the state Senate.

Missouri has one probable case of swine flu

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri has a probable case of the swine flu. Nixon announced the suspected case involving a Platte County resident Wednesday evening at a hastily called Capitol news conference.

RV society holds rally on Boone County Fairgrounds

The Wally Byam Caravan Club International, a society of Airstream trailer owners, will hold a rally at the fairgrounds this week.

Flash flood watch issued for Boone County

Heavy rain earlier this week and the forecast of more precipitation has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood watch from 7 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday morning for much of central Missouri.

Human trafficking event set for Friday

"Human Trafficking: Ears and Eyes Wide Open" aims to promote awareness of modern-day slavery and freedom of expression.

Maryville man arrested on two counts of attempted sexual misconduct

Police arrested a Maryville man Wednesday morning on charges related to sexual misconduct with a child, according to a news release from the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force. The arrest was a result of a task force investigation.

Search finds marijuana, 20 pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms

Two Columbia residents were arrested after the search of an apartment turned up nearly 20 pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms and about 23 grams of marijuana.

College bonding bill clears Missouri Senate committee

A Senate committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would issue up to $800 million in bonds for capital improvements; $550 million of that would go to improve college campuses.

Longtime Columbia DJ 'Crazy Charley' Blackmore still scratching and spinning

As Hickman High School celebrates the 100th anniversary of its mascot, one die-hard alumnus of the school, Charley Blackmore, keeps cheering on his Kewpies and serving the community by sharing his time and vast music collection.

Honor Flights give veterans opportunity to see war memorials

Through community involvement and donations, 35 mid-Missouri veterans are able to take an Honor Flight to visit the war memorials and Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Audubon members will flock to Columbia for annual meeting

An Audubon Society event this weekend will feature 15 field trips to observe birds in the wild.

Missouri might cap minimum wage for tipped employees

The bill that has passed in the House of Representatives would not effect the non-tipped minimum wage, which would still increase twice per year.

KOMU television lays off four employees, cuts anchor's hours

NBC television affiliate KOMUis laying off four employees in its production department and cutting the hours of a morning anchor. Management said a drop in advertising revenue, tied to the recent economic downturn, led to the cutbacks.

Campus conceal-and-carry bill faces uncertain future in Senate

The amendment, which passed in the House, was attached to a bill that would lower the age for obtaining a conceal-and-carry permit from 23 to 21.

Franciscan priest speaks in Columbia on U.S.-Iran relations

Father Vitale speaks at MU of terrorism, torture and war.

Secretary of State: 230,000 Missouri voters might lack ID

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan estimated some 230,000 Missouri voters lack a photo ID from comparing a voter database to a government-issued identification card database.

Virginia Tech survivor condemns Missouri college gun bill

A man who was shot during the Virginia Tech rampage said more guns would have worsened the situation.

68 dogs taken from alleged puppy mill in Phelps Co.

The dogs were living in inadequate cages and many appeared to need veterinary care. the dogs were removed and taken to the Humane Society in St. Louis.