A world first: Vaccine helps prevent HIV infection

The vaccine, which was tested on more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand, cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31 percent. The study was sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Woman's body recovered from Lake of the Ozarks

A Sunrise Beach woman's body was found in 13-feet of water Wednesday. The cause of death is still unknown.

Federal court hearing arguments on Arkansas' lethal injection process

Missouri and several other capital punishment states are watching the arguments against Arkansas' use of lethal injections to execute inmates. Arguments that the method is unconstitutional will be heard by a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Thursday.

Hermann unveiling statue of namesake

The statue is of Arminius, also known as Hermann, who defeated a Roman army in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.

High-speed rail advocates gather at Jefferson City

The goal for those meeting in Jefferson City is to build support for improved passenger train service between St. Louis and Kansas City, with the ultimate hope of making it a high-speed rail corridor.

City, county aim to close stormwater loophole

Officials fear that a potential loophole in the proposed county stormwater ordinance, which would exempt agricultural land, could entice owners of such property to clear it before filing plans for development.

League of Women Voters discuss early and no-excuse absentee voting

The League of Women Voters of Missouri will be conducting a study on early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said the practices could save money and cut down the amount of polling places needed on Election Day.

Students, staff must relocate cars for MU-Nebraska game

The weeknight game on Oct. 8 will force 7,000 students and 800 employees who typically park near Memorial Stadium to move their cars before 4 p.m. to parking spaces north of Rollins Street.

18 candidates to interview for Citizens Police Review Board

The City Council will interview 18 people on Oct. 31 for eight positions on the Citizens Police Review Board. The board will be responsible for reviewing certain cases of alleged police misconduct.

MU Health Care starts H1N1 hot line to answer questions

A new hot line set up by MU Health Care will update callers with news and information about the H1N1 flu virus.

Fire Factor focuses on student fire safety

Students gathered along Ninth Street on Wednesday to participate in Fire Factor with the Columbia Fire Department. The event included practice with a fire extinguisher, an obstacle course to test firefighting skills, as well as a demonstration of a residence hall room fire. This is the ninth year the Fire Department has worked with MU to put on this event.

City Hall addition scheduled to open in January 2010

The new addition to City Hall is on track in schedule and budget. It will be ready for the first City Council meeting of the new year.

MU "hate wall" prompts discussion of stereotypes

Students gathered Wednesday at Memorial Union to post hurtful words on a cardboard wall, eventually ripping it down to symbolize their dedication to understanding people different from themselves.

Midwest existing-home sales fluctuate in August; prices down

Sales of previously occupied homes fell in eight of 12 major Midwestern metropolitan areas, according to a monthly report released Thursday by The Associated Press and Re/Max. In St. Louis, sales fell almost 14 percent from a year ago, and the median sale price declined more than 6 percent to $135,900.

St. Louis housing group alleges discrimination in ads

An equal housing council in St. Louis is filing 14 complaints, citing housing centers' discrimination against minorities and people with disabilities. The council claims that minorities are disproportionally represented in advertising materials.

Sen. Stouffer defends tax plan in Missouri congressional bid

State Sen. Bill Stouffer says his proposal runs contrary to "big-government spending" in Washington.

USDA to fund conservation effort in 12 states, including Missouri

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will pour $320 million into a cleanup of the Mississippi River basin during the next four years. The initiative will fund projects in 12 states — including Missouri — in an effort to reduce a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.

Blue Springs duo plead guilty to training 12-year-old dominatrix

A man and woman plead guilty to training the woman's daughter to perform sex acts. They started the abuse when the girl was 12. The two of them profited greatly from selling video of the girl, as well as selling her as a prostitute.

Feds: Terrorism suspect hit beauty stores for bomb supplies

The Afghan immigrant arrested a week ago in Denver allegedly bought large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone for use in producing homemade bombs in a terrorism plot.

H&R Block makes gaining, keeping clients its new focus

The tax-preparation company is looking to make customers out of the people who walk through their doors by updating its offices, adjusting fees to mirror the economy and building a marketing campaign to reflect a different approach.