America's health care is more important than foreign affairs

Operation Bark Alert expands efforts to subdue unlicensed breeders

Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler and Attorney General Chris Koster spoke at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Monday to discuss the second part of a plan to circumvent unlicensed dog breeders

Parking garage robbery was a game for suspects

The suspects in a downtown parking garage robbery told police they were playing a game called "Knock Out King." The objective of the game is to knock victims out in one punch.

Defense challenges death sentence for 1994 triple murder

A Columbia man convicted of a 1994 triple murder was back in 13th Circuit Court Monday, where his defense team appealed his death sentence on the grounds that the defendant is mentally retarded.

Joint Communications requests $1.3 million from Boone County Commission

Joint Communications Interim Director Zim Schwartze says the agency needs help with staffing and space to handle an increased workload.

Special master to investigate innocence claims in 1991 murder case

Reginald Clemons, who was sentenced to death for a double-murder in 1991, claims he was wrongly convicted. On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court appointed a special master to investigate that claim.

Kirksville man pleads guilty to $844,000 Ponzi scheme

A Kirksville man is guilty of defrauding 26 investors since the early 1990s in a mail-fraud scheme.

Latest state audit reveals pattern of fraud

In a scheme uncovered by state auditors, former St. Louis city accountant has been charged with felony stealing.

Nixon appoints Shellabarger as new prosecutor

Shellabarger will take over for Jason Lamb on Wednesday as prosecutor for Audrain County.

No new trial for mid-Missouri murderer, high court rules

The Missouri Supreme Court has denied a new trial and DNA testing for a Linn County man serving life in prison for his mother's murder.

Missouri GOP criticizes plan to use bonds for buildings

Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to finance construction projects with bonds faces criticism from Missouri Republicans,who say that stimulus funds should be used for the projects instead.

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.