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GUEST COLUMN: Capital punishment is not the answer; save Dennis Skillicorn

No state or individual should have a right to kill anyone. Gov. Jay Nixon should commute Dennis Skillicorn's death sentence.

UPDATE: One death reported in northeast Missouri storm

Officials had no immediate information on the fatality. U.S. 63 was closed as of Wednesday night in the Kirksville area due to a gas-line leak and downed power lines.

Storm causes damage in northeast Missouri

The National Weather Service has reported damages and injuries suffered from a storm moving across northeast Missouri.

Graduation: The end of an era for four friends

Being the one who graduated first and led the way, I feel obligated to share the small amount of wisdom I have gained from my circumstances. The recession wasn’t real to me until after I moved the tassel to the other side of my cap.

Physician lives life on the edge

Local doctor Lee Meyers has climbed mountains on six continents and served as the doctor for three Everest expeditions.

Boone Hospital breaks ground on patient tower

Boone Hospital Center held a ceremony to celebrate the hospital's newest planned addition, an eight-story patient tower.

Today's Question: Students voice complaints about Student Center

In the process of building a new student center at MU, many students feel their lifestyle is being cramped. How pleased are you with the new Student Center? Do you think more students will warm up to it once Phase Two is completed?

Columbia College teams sign players

The men's soccer, women's volleyball and women's basketball teams each added a new recruit.

UPDATE: Missouri GOP leader urges commutation of death sentence

Steven Tilley, the House Majority leader, wants the sentence for Dennis Skillicorn to be changed from death to life in prison. Skillicorn was one of three men convicted of killing a man along a highway 15 years ago. After debate, the House voted 95-64 to remove a death penalty moratorium placed by a federal judge in 2006, before the state had reformed its procedures.

Boundary talks slow downtown improvement district plans

Efforts to create a community improvement district in downtown Columbia have slowed amid questions about where the boundaries for such a district would lie.

Police take 5 into custody in connection with recent robberies

Avery Nelson, 18, Wesley Nelson, 19, Deven Jackson, 17, and two juvenile suspects were taken into custody.

MU student finds calling in music production

Matthew Thurman, a graduating MU senior and owner of Five Mic Productions, has produced songs for artists across the country. He won a creative arts award last month from the MU chapter of the NAACP.

MU journalism student advances to Jeopardy! College Championship final

MU senior Laura Myers can't say how well she fares in the college version of the popular game show, but, well, she's planning a trip to the World Cup in South Africa next year.

UPDATE: Severe weather, flash flooding possible into tonight

The Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management advises residents to stay updated on the latest weather information with a radio or local media and to reveiw disaster plans for severe weather.

Police locate 81-year-old man who went missing

The man was reported missing early Wednesday morning. He was found uninjured on Lemone Industrial Drive.

Severe weather threatening Boone County

Severe weather could threaten Boone County on Wednesday afternoon. Wind and thunderstorms are the main concern, but tornadoes are a possibility, said Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service.

MU group tries to find voice in LGBT community

Queer People of Color, which was formed last semester by MU student Asher Kolieboi and others, works toward the inclusion of non-white gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

Zootoo meeting attendees suggest Humane Society upgrades

The Central Missouri Humane Society met Tuesday to discuss Zootoo makeover plans.  Attendees offered about 36 suggestions for improvements, including more natural lighting and a surgery recovery room.

Missouri legislative session ends Friday, lawmakers push for votes

With the legislative session ending in three days, Missouri lawmakers are in a rush to vote on several bills. Last-minute bills include issues regarding concealed carry, health care and tax credits for job creation.

Court rejects UM System's patent suit against MU professor

Galen Suppes, a professor of chemical engineering at MU, said he wanted legal ownership of his commercially valuable resarch. He said the school did not recognize the financial potential of his inventions. According to MU, he sought the patents without crediting the university, but a federal judge dismissed the school's lawsuit.

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