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UPDATE: Missouri executions likely on hold amid federal review

A federal stay for the execution of Reginald Clemons could put scheduled executions for Missouri inmates on hold, according to the incoming chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

Columbia City Council bike ordinance is unfair to motorists

When one considers the demographics of Columbia and Boone County, the percentage of those who can even consider biking or walking as a primary transportation mode is quite small.

Tiny Tigers learn martial arts, morals

A program at three martial arts studios in Columbia teaches children the basics of tae kwon do and good citizenship.

New parole hearings sought for 3 serving life in Missouri

A Missouri trial judge on Tuesday ordered new hearing for three women sentenced to life in prison and denied parole, citing a 2007 law that makes domestic violence victims convicted of killing a spouse or domestic partner eligible for parole.

Walmart aims to keep a new batch of customers

Walmart looks for ways to keep customers shopping there when the economy recovers. During the economic downturn, the world's largest retailer attracted customers looking for lower prices, and now, by way of remodeling and merchandising, it aims to keep them coming back.

Missouri treasurer seeks housing agency ethics overhaul

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel seeks to improve effectiveness at the state housing development agency with a new ethics policy targeting financial relationships between agency officials and developers, possibly including campaign contributions.

Columbia receives national recognition for entrepreneurial climate

BusinessWeek recently named Columbia the best small city in Missouri for business start-ups. The success is attributed partly to the large college-aged population.

Today's Question: How do you feel about Obama's health care reform plan?

Health care reform is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and, with the president's new proposal to expand coverage to every American, the current system could be facing a major overhaul. What are the foreseeable risks and benefits associated with such an undertaking?

Appeals court upholds KC smoking ban

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that Kansas City's smoking ban does not violate state law and that local smoking laws can be more restrictive than state law.

Missouri Lottery reunion lets millionaires meet up

Millionaires at the Missouri Lottery's reunion for large-money winners tend not to be much different than they were before hitting the jackpot.

Incoming Chief Justice Price open to changes in Missouri judicial panels

Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr. said he's receptive to a constitutional amendment that would place another citizen on the seven-member panel that nominates appellate judges.

Missouri utilities express concern over federal climate bill

The Missouri Public Utility Alliance presented a study at a forum Monday indicating the average electric rate in Missouri would increase under federal legislation for a cap-and-trade program that allows pollution permits to be bought and sold.

Police looking for pickup in connection with Cole Camp slaying

Three family members' bodies were found in their home on June 9, each with a single fatal gunshot wound. Now Cole Camp police are asking the public for information about a pickup truck or men seen outside the victims' home on June 7.

Faulty pump prompts inspection at Callaway nuclear plant

An auxiliary feedwater pump did not start automatically during a routine test last month prompting a special inspection, which could help nuclear plants with the same parts avoid similar problems.

Moberly settles Taser lawsuit

The city of Moberly settled a lawsuit Monday with the family of Stanley Harlan, a 23-year-old man who died last August after being shocked with a Taser by Moberly police during a traffic stop. The family will receive $2.4 million in the settlement, and the Police Department will enforce a moratorium on Taser use.

'Equipment failure' cause of Columbia scaffolding collapse

Last year, a scaffolding collapse at the Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School killed Alan Hildebrand, a bricklayer. An investigation has revealed that "equipment failure" was the underlying cause of the collapse.

Discrimination against anyone is harmful for our future

Americans have hurt other Americans for decades. That's unacceptable, especially when those in positions of power inflict that kind of pain under the guise of political freedom.

Tough times mean tighter pants for stress eaters

Stress eating generally follows a lifelong pattern, and most people will stress eat from time to time, depending on how bad the stress is and how long it lasts.

MU Admissions aims for transparency

MU's Office of Admissions says its transparent process makes it unlikely that the university will experience problems like those at the University of Illinois.

Film crew wraps up Shakespeare's scenes as movie production continues

The fictional movie, "10 Hours a Week," is based on the experiences of a former Shakespeare's Pizza employee and features mostly local actors.

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