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Highway renaming has potential drawbacks

If an upcoming transportation bill passes, a stretch of road adopted by the National Socialist Movement through a state program will be renamed after a prominent Jewish figure. The poetic justice of the move is obvious, but the political counterpunch has some ideological weaknesses, too.

Columbia teen dies in car crash

Eric Benda, 16, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash Sunday in Camden County.

Blue tree becoming a noted Parkade landmark

About a year ago, an apple tree in James Ross' yard died, but instead of chopping it down, he painted it blue. The neighborhood has since taken notice, and the tree is fast becoming a Parkade fixture.

Summer looks like a washout for some retailers

Consumers' confidence in the economy, which had surged in April and May, is projected to be virtually unchanged for June when The Conference Board releases figures on Tuesday. And major retailers will release June sales results next week.

Iran says partial recount shows election valid

Iran's election oversight body on Monday declared the hotly disputed presidential vote to be valid after a partial recount. And even if errors were found in nearly every one of the votes in the recount, Presiden Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to the government's count, still would have tallied more votes than opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.

White Firefighters win Supreme Court appeal

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.

US confident hours before leaving Iraqi cities

U.S. combat troops must withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30 according to a security agreement that also requires all American forces to leave the country by the end of 2011. Some Americans will remain in the cities as trainers and advisers, but the bulk of the more than 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq have assembled in large bases outside urban centers.

Columbia, Boone County agencies place first in grassland evaluation

Columbia FFA and Boone County 4-H took top honors at the Annual Mid-America Grassland Evaluation Contest

New law expands Missouri's investments in statewide, smaller banks

State treasurer calls the expansion of the low-interest loan program as an economic development tool. The legislation broadens a program in which the treasurer deposits money in banks at discounted interest rates so that the banks can offer cheaper loans to small businesses and farmers.

Today's Question: How will you remember Farrah Fawcett

Before the shocking death of infamous singing and dancing sensation Michael Jackson, fans mourned the loss of the beautiful Farrah Fawcett after she passed away at the age of 62.

Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison

Convicted Pozi scheme swindler Bernard Madoff recieved the maximum sentence of 150 years in prison Monday. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin denied him leniency for the $13 billion dollars he convicted of stealing.

Walking School Bus program searches for funding

The Walking School Bus Program needs to find $75,000 to cover costs for the 2009-2010 school year. The program, run by PedNet Coalition, recruits volunteer chaperones to help kids walk to school safely.

Hope Church discusses issues of racism

Members of Columbia Hope Episcopal Church listened to a presentation about racism and shared visions for change.

ANALYSIS: Nixon's spending, budget cuts are nearly balanced

When it comes to trimming the state's budget, critics of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes dispute not the spending that was cut, but the projects that were cut. Among the projects affected include the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at MU.

Humane Society fundraiser brings pet lovers together

The fundraiser for the Central Missouri Humane Society took place this Sunday. In addition to providing entertainment for Columbia dog owners, the event helped the Humane Society fulfill its budgetary needs.

Missouri announces next steps on puppy mill crackdown

Attorney General Chris Koster and Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler announced Monday that the state's top law enforcement agency will join the effort to stop unlicensed and substandard dog breeders from operating in Missouri.

UPDATE: Supreme Court rejects Missouri appeal on funeral protest law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied without comment Missouri's appeal of two laws ordering specific bans on protests around funeral services or processions.

Supreme Court rejects Missouri's appeal on funeral protest law

The law was aimed at religious picketers who have turned up at the funerals of U.S. soldiers to protest against homosexuality.

UPDATE: New law expands investments for Missouri treasurer

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Monday that expands a low-interest loan program and lets Missouri earn more interest on the money it keeps in local banks. Missouri and Alabama are the only states that limit the interest they can earn from local banks on time deposits. That cap will gradually rise until it is eliminated in 2014, when the state will receive market interest rates on all bank deposits.

Affirmative action critics to try again for ballot

A sponsor of an initiative limiting affirmative action programs says he plans to submit a new version after a court ruled against it last Friday. 

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