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Today's Question: What's your take on texting-while-driving law?

Of the several bills introduced recently regarding texting while driving, one has passed. Gov. Jay Nixon signed it into law July 9. The new law makes sending, reading and writing text messages while driving illegal for people 21 and younger.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fans flock to Harry Potter movie in Columbia

Photos of movie-goers at early showings of the latest Harry Potter movie.

Tehran Spring

The former USSR knew that if you give oppressed people a hint of freedom, they’d take the lot if not violently run down. The current situation in Iran seems to be echoing past governmental oppression, especially that of the Prague Spring. 

MU wheelchair basketball player part of world championship

John Gilbert, a member of the Missouri wheelchair basketball team, won a gold medal Tuesday with the US under 23 wheelchair basketball team in Paris.

Pony up: Charging for online content needs to happen

Journalists should start treating their product like a product, and not charging for it is simply bad business.

College golfers tied for lead at Missouri Amateur Championship

Former Missouri Tigers golfer Chelsea Schreiwer and Southern Illinois golfer Alisha Matthews are tied for the lead heading into Thursday's final round at the Missouri Women's Golf Association's Amateur Championship in Columbia.

Kickballapalooza brings together chamber members

More than 300 people gathered at the Rainbow Softball Center on Wednesday for Kickballapalooza. Fourteen co-ed kickball teams participated in a one-day tournament put on by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

2009 Boone County Fair schedule

The Boone County Fair officially begins Thursday and continues throughout all next week.

Analysis: Sotomayor faces controversial questions

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor steered carefully through nearly seven hours of questioning Tuesday.

Boone County Fair introduces motor-sports events, other activities

The fair, which runs from July 20 to July 26, will also feature a new animal show and hypnotist, in addition to old favorites.

Fees reduced for tram ride to top of Arch July 18-19

Adult tram rides to the top of the Arch will cost $3 less for a couple of days.

Missouri to get up to $5.7 million for energy rebates

Rebates totaling up to $5.7 million are expected to be offered to Missouri consumers who buy energy-efficient appliances.

Missouri university cancels aid trip to Honduras

Political unrest and a presidential coup in Honduras prompted a student group at Missouri University of Science and Technology to cancel a humanitarian trip to the country.

Harry Potter fans flock to Columbia for midnight movie release

Forum 8 and Hollywood 14 sold out nine screens by Tuesday afternoon, and eager fans lined up in costume for the midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Columbia Public Schools athletics department gets $17,000 budget cut

The Columbia Public Schools athletics department saw a $17,000 cut to its budget when the School Board approved the 2009-10 district budget in June.

University Hospital trauma center gets national Level I designation

The trauma center at University Hospital recently became the second in Missouri to be verified as a national Level I trauma center. The designation means the center can treat the most serious of injuries at any time, said Stephen Barnes, associate professor and chief of the division of acute care surgery.

New networking technology planned for Boone County law enforcement agencies

A new in-car laptop system is expected to allow officers to instantly access city and county crime data in addition to the federal and state information they already receive.

MU researchers link spice to reduced risk of breast cancer

There is a significant risk of breast cancer for women undergoing hormone replacement therapy, and MU researchers think the spice, curcumin, can potentially reduce that risk.

Columbia man convicted of robbery and armed criminal action

Terrance Henderson was convicted of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in a jury trial Tuesday.

Christmas dinner in July gives back to the community

Santa made an out-of-season appearance at the Voluntary Action Center's 18th annual Christmas in July event.

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