Journalists try to avoid reporting stories that seem self-serving. But when events in a journalist's life, such as a seven month-long public health risk, demand attention, often it's best to forgo that principle.
As the state pension fund's investments continue fall short Missouri taxpayers have been called upon to make up the difference, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Some lawmakers are suggesting that the state either reduce benefits or require employee contributions in order to ease the shortfalls.
The Humane Society in Columbia has been keeping an alligator at its facility since the animal was seized from a home where it was living illegally in a bathtub. The reptile is the first alligator to be housed at the shelter and will not be on display or up for adoption.
The developer's first proposal was rejected unanimously by the Planning and Zoning Commission, and a second proposal failed to carry in a tie vote. The property owner plans to build three condos on the land.
The city budgeted $1o0,000 to pay for animals picked up by the city's animal control this year. The shelter and its supporters asked the council to provide an additional $79,000 next year to help pay for animals the shelter receives from residents.
For some of the region's farmers, the unusual weather has resulted in the delayed harvest of some crops and in altered taste profiles for others.
The City Council must choose eight commissioners for the Citzens Police Review Board out of 49 applicants. The review board will be responsible for examining cases of alleged police misconduct.
Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins has asked for and received Water and Light Director Kraig Kahler's resignation after only 14 months on the job. Michael Schmitz, who was the department's chief engineer, will be the interim director.
Increases in utility rates, which would take effect with the new ficscal year on Oct. 1, would cost residential customers an average of $8.70 per month. Several of the increases are the result of voter-approved bond issues that are paying for major expansions and capital projects.
They protested the portions of the proposed 2010 city budget that would affect overtime and sick leave.
The City Council voted to delay the approval of a bike boulevard near Stephens College. They wanted further study of the intersection to analyze safety concerns.
President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders were surprised by the vehemence of conservative resistance to health care proposals this summer and admitted that they should have made the details of the plan clearer early on.
The Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force released a 27-page report with recommendations on how to improve Missouri's automotive industry.
President Barack Obama's approval ratings have dropped on health care, the economy and in general approval.
Missouri House member Dennis Wood of Kimberling City will resign his House seat and start as Stone County Presiding Commissioner on Thursday.
Missouri is struggling to find funds for the multi-billion dollar project. The state plans to seek part of the funding from federal stimulus money.
Tommy Sowers, a former Army Special Forces officer, will face 13-year incumbent Rep. Jo Ann Emerson for the southeast Missouri congressional seat.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued an injuction Wednesday that prohibits the firing of the three administrative law judges who were laid off because of budget cuts.
Residents of Appalachia express skepticism of president's plan and say they're still unsure exactly what he wants to do.
A yellow Labrador mix, named Bullet, is recovering after being shot four times.