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Journalists should tell their stories, even when they are part of the story

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.   

Today's question: What is the best solution for the state pension fund troubles?

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.

Seized alligator finds home at Central Missouri Humane Society

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.

Columbia City Council approves Rocky Creek rezoning

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.

Central Missouri Humane Society funding remains in question

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.

Cold, wet summer affects Missouri crop quality

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.

Council to interview final candidates for police review board positions

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.

Director of Columbia Water and Light resigns

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.

Columbia utility increases could cost residents $8.70 a month

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.

Columbia laborers propose alternate budget cuts

They protested the portions of the proposed 2010 city budget that would affect overtime and sick leave.

Columbia City Council worried about safety of bike boulevard

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.

Obama regrets delaying details for health plan

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.

UPDATE:Missouri auto task force releases recommendations

The Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force released a 27-page report with recommendations on how to improve Missouri's automotive industry.

Obama disapproval on health care up to 52 percent

President Barack Obama's approval ratings have dropped on health care, the economy and in general approval.

Missouri lawmaker to resign and take county office

Missouri House member Dennis Wood of Kimberling City will resign his House seat and start as Stone County Presiding Commissioner on Thursday.

Missouri gets federal OK for truck-only I-70 lanes

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.

Former Army officer to run for Congress from Missouri

Tommy Sowers, a former Army Special Forces officer, will face 13-year incumbent Rep. Jo Ann Emerson for the southeast Missouri congressional seat.

Missouri judge blocks firing of 3 administrative law judges

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.

Analysis: Health care answers wanted from Obama

Residents of Appalachia express skepticism of president's plan and say they're still unsure exactly what he wants to do.

Dog wounded by gunfire gets new shot at life

A yellow Labrador mix, named Bullet, is recovering after being shot four times.

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