UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers vote on regulation for privately run jails

A bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon would require Missouri's two private jails to notify local and state law enforcement of escapes.

Missouri lawmakers create defense for running red light

Bikes and motorcycles that are not heavy enough to trip some automated traffic light sensors would be allowed to run red lights that have been on unreasonably long. But it's not quite so simple as that.

MoDOT reports road closings after flash floods

Flash flooding led to the closing of roads in several northern Missouri counties. No damage or injuries had been reported, officials said.

Arrests made in investigation into interrupted burglary

A leg gunshot wound and a pawned video game helped police locate and arrest a man and woman who were possibly involved in the robbery of a northeast Columbia residence on April 30.


Frank Lee Martin Library at MU celebrates rededication

MU's journalism library was rededicated on Friday, giving special honor to Frank Lee Martin, the second dean of the School of Journalism.

Missouri lawmakers vote to loosen bingo rules

The legislation approved Friday would permit more frequent bingo games and lower taxes on game cards.

International community irate over Suu Kyi's legal plight

A political symbol of democracy in Myanmar has been moved from house arrest to prison and is being charged with violating the terms of her detention on suspicion of sheltering a Missouri man who swam across a lake to sneak into her residence.

Agricultural credit tightened during 1Q, Federal Reserve Bank says

Turbulent agricultural conditions in the Midwest contributed to the tightened farm credit, the agency said.

Missouri lawmakers defeat public notice legislation

The House bill, defeated 108-46, would have decreased the number of public notices required to be published in newspapers.

City reluctant to issue parking tickets in rain

Due to the sensitivity of its equipment, the city of Columbia tends to not ticket outdoor meter spots in the rain. However, the city still tickets in parking garages and tows cars with four or more unpaid tickets.


Missouri Senate passes economic development bill

The legislation needs final approval from the House before it can go to Gov. Jay Nixon.

TRYPS begins 10th season with 'Willy Wonka Junior'

TRYPS children's theater begins its 10th season with the production of "Willy Wonka Junior." Tamra Walker co-directs 65 children, including two of her own, in this musical filled with life lessons.

On Missouri legislature's last day, jobs bill still unresolved

Other stalled bills would expand government health care to 35,000 low-income parents and expand informed-consent requirement for abortions.

Anheuser-Busch gives $3 million to Saint Louis University

The money will go to the $35 million expansion of the Catholic university's law school.

MU student balances political and religious views

Tatiana McKinney, 21, has become an advocate for women's reproductive rights despite her family's opposing political view. She has worked with Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom. And last month, she won an award from the MU chapter of the NAACP for her activism.

Historically black cemetery gets cleanup

The cemetery contains the grave of Harriet Scott, Dred Scott's wife, who sued for her freedom in St. Louis at the same time as her husband.

Police in Michigan looking for a cougar, Taser a toy

A prank resulted in officers using a stun gun on what they thought was a large cat hiding in a drain pipe. The outcome was far different.

1 killed in Northwoods McDonald's shooting

A gunman fired on a car at the drive-through, police said. The motorist drove off and crashed.

Federal grand jury indicts former Nixa employees

Two former Nixa city employees and the wife of one of the men are accused of using fake corporations to mask an embezzlement scheme worth more than $756,000.

Suspect in Missouri, Illinois killings OKs counsel in assault case

A man being held in an Illinois jail has changed his mind about representing himself in a case involving a charge of aggravated assault.