Vatican invitation to Anglicans has worldwide implications for religion

As part of an effort to revitalize its influence in the Western World, the Roman Catholic Church is calling out to conservative Anglicans who disagree with their church's decision to allow gays and women to become bishops.

Group focuses on promoting pedestrian safety for Halloween

Contaminated candy is less of a Halloween safety concern than people might think, but parents should still be cautious, Safe Kids Columbia says.

Attorney sues Columbia police official, city over open records request

A Columbia attorney is suing the city of Columbia and the Columbia Police Department's custodian of records to force police to turn over  surveillance video from a night he was denied access to a detainee at the department's headquarters.

Panel held in Columbia on Honduras while diplomats encourage dialogue

MU Students for Progressive Action and the Columbia Peace Coalition hosted a panel to discuss Honduras on Wednesday night. A St. Louis resident spoke about her recent trip to the coup-torn country. A U.S. delegation is encouraging talks between the factions before November elections.

Tests show lower levels of drinking water contaminant

Levels of trihalomethanes in the city's drinking water declined after chloramine was added to the treatment process, but other options to lower THM levels remain on the table.

State Historical Society's budget to be cut 25 percent

Gov. Nixon's budget cuts, announced Wednesday, cut the State Historical Society of Missouri's budget by 25 percent. The society has not yet decided which programs it will make cuts from.

City to hold Neighborhood Leadership Program in January

The Neighborhood Leadership Program will begin Jan. 19, 2010, and will meet every Tuesday night for eight weeks. The program encourages residents to participate in their community and become leaders in their neighborhoods.

Columbia City Council to interview Citizens Police Review Board applicants

The council will choose eight people from a pool of 18 applicants, and a ninth applicant will be chosen by the Columbia Human Rights Commission. The session begins at 8 a.m. Saturday in the mezzanine conference room of the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

Schools committee recommends that Field turn into early childhood center

Columbia Public School's Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee recommended that Field Elementary School be turned into an early childhood education center and that Bearfield School students go to a property on Bethel Street that the district is  buying.

Nixon appoints new Missouri economic development director

David Kerr comes to the state from the Kansas Commerce Department, where he has served as the department's director since 2007. He will begin the job Nov. 9, but must be confirmed by the state Senate when the General Assembly returns to session next year.

Many carve their first pumpkin at Multicultural Community Hour event

The Multicultural Community Hour held a special pumpkin carving event on Thursday afternoon that attracted international students and adults. For many, this was their first chance to take part in the Halloween tradition.

Journalists discuss future of industry at Stephens College

An opening event for Dianne Lynch's inauguration was a keynote and panel discussion on the future of American journalism Thursday night.

Difficult Dialogue discusses issues of race and civility

MU Difficult Dialogue brought up the difficult discussion topic of race on Thursday. Five people opened the discussion on race and discussed its impact on them.  "We're not really taught to talk about race respectfully and productively," MU sophomore Emily Luft said.

Rare comics found in basement to be auctioned

The collection of more than 3,000 comics are likely to sell for more than the house they were found in.

St. Louis police looking into cops' second jobs

The St. Louis police department is investigating whether some officers are working their off-duty security jobs while they're on duty.

Teen charged in death of homeless Kansas City man

Isaiah N. Betts was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Dwayne E. Smith, who was left unconscious in a street after surveillance cameras captured a male, being accompanied by another male, strike him in the head. Smith was later run over by a car.

Empire Electric seeking 19.6 percent rate increase

Empire District Electric Company's request would mean a monthly increase of $19.21 for a residential customer. The request was filed because the company is looking to recoup money invested in building coal-fired generating units.

COMMENT: 10 Things you didn't know about Colorado

After making its first primetime television appearance last week, "10 Things" is going back to its roots. From Robin Williams to Ralphie the Buffalo to city-wide animal regulations, here are 10 things you didn't know about Colorado.

Missouri football's Hoch uses math skills to his advantage

MU lineman Dan Hoch has always been good at math. He has used that ability to tutor teammates, and this year it has made him the recipient of impromtu math quizzes in the locker room.

Missouri linebacker Ebner gets back outside after meniscus surgery

The sophomore linebacker's love for the outdoors extends beyond football into hunting and fishing.