MU study states Columbia's economy is middle-of-road

The economic model used to generate the study are expected to be used by the city to test what effect different scenarios could have on the area.

Pastors for Peace potluck discusses Cuba trade embargo

Ministry group Pastors for Peace discuss the problems the trade embargo has on Cuba, and the humanitarian aid caravan that plans to leave July 24.

Retrial begins for man charged in MU student's death

Taron Crawford of Kansas City, Kan., was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in 2004, but a judge later threw the conviction out.

Blunt, Carnahan raise $1 million in Senate bid

Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan each raised more than $1 million dollars during the three-month period ending June 30. More details regarding fundraising and expenditures were expected Wednesday.

MU hires new treasurer

The university chose John M. Miller from Florida Atlantic University.He served as treasurer and interim chief financial officer.

Pipe replacement to close Route 163 on Wednesday, MoDOT says

Route 163 in Columbia is to close for several hours Wednesday for an emergency pipe replacement, the Missouri Department of Transportation stated in a news release.

Clayton passes smoking ban

Clayton in St. Louis County has become the third city in the region to ban smoking indoors.

Kinder endorses Schweich in Missouri GOP auditor's race

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has endorsed Tom Schweich for the Missouri auditor position.

Northeast Missouri woman heads to trial in animal abuse case

Judy Pennington of rural Madison will be tried on six counts of felony animal abuse after rescuers removed dozens of animals from Pennington's farm in April 2008.

Kansas Navy recruiter admits role in sex sting

Shane Allan Sanders of Olathe faces 15 years to life in prison for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with what he thought was an 11-year-old girl.

Damon joins K.C. organization to provide for developing communities

Actor Matt Damon, co-founder of H2O Africa Foundation, has joined the nonprofit, Kansas City-based WaterPartners to form The new organization's mission is to help ease the global water supply crisis.

Energy Department gives green light to Illinois FutureGen site

The department will now negotiate with FutureGen developers to move toward construction of the plant that would burn coal for power but store emissions of carbon dioxide underground. The Energy Department is to commit just more than $1 billion to construction of the plant.

UPDATE: Blunt outraises Carnahan in Missouri Senate race

Democrat Robin Carnahan reported receiving about $1 million this past quarter but spent more than Republican Roy Blunt, who reported raising more than $1.4 million from April through June. The two are the only declared candidates to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond.

St. Louis audit: No racial bias but policies inconsistent

Practices of the St. Louis Police Academy were found to have some inconsistencies, though no racial bias was detected. Last year, the Board of Police Commissioners hired a law firm to investigate complaints that black recruits were dismissed in disproportionate numbers for minor infractions.

UPDATE: Northeast Missouri woman's animal abuse trial delayed

The trial of Judy Pennington, who is charged with six counts of felony animal abuse, was scheduled to begin Wednesday but has been delayed. A new trial date has not been set.

St. Louis suit alleges mishandled clergy abuse allegations

The suit was filed against the Rev. Michael Ferymuth, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its new Archbishop Robert Carlson. The lawsuit says the victim informed the archdiocese of the alleged sexual misconduct and was told Freymuth would be removed from ministry.