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Virginia Tech shooting report details fumbled response

Some university officials warned their own families before a campus-wide allert was issued.

U.S. Marines launch first offensive since Obama's address

U.S. Marines and Afghan troops launched an offensive against Taliban communications and supply lines in a southern insurgent stronghold Friday, the first since President Obama announced an American troop surge.

Columbia Public School discusses planning to improve district

Columbia Public Schools aim to create a Comprehensive School Improvement Plan with input from the community. Members of the community gathered Thursday to voice their opinions and discuss the plan.

SLIDESHOW: Children's group commemorates MU professor by ringing bells

The Fortnightly Children's Playgroup rings bells and sings Christmas carols to honor the memory of Dr. Carey Southall, an MU School of Education professor that died earlier this year.

Landlords discuss background checks, evictions

Columbia landlords met Thursday to discuss ways of improving communication and background checks to weed out bad tenants.

Defense argues against using warrant in Stout's molestation case

Donny J. Stout, accused of molestation and sexual misconduct, had a hearing to determine whether a warrant should be used in the case against him as evidence. The defense argued on Thursday that the warrant was based on hearsay.

Indiana teen accused of killing brother was pulled from school

Police say the teen killed his 10-year-old-brother and then dumped his body in a park. The teen told police he strangled his brother to satisfy a craving like a hungry person eating a hamburger.

Rhyme University to perform in Columbia

Rhyme University is made up of two brothers with independent careers who put their beats and concepts together in a rap duo. The duo built a solid fan base in Columbia and one of them will perform at Mojo's tonight.

Collectible mice fund community outreach

A hand-crafted tradition draws Columbia-area shoppers to Calvary Episcopal Church's holiday bazaar.

Missouri mulls ban on fake urine samples for drug tests

Missouri House member Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart, has filed legislation to make forging urine and other body fluid samples a felony. There are various products that promise to help people pass drug and alcohol screenings.

Communications union wants roof replaced on state building

The Communications Workers of America Local 6355 planned to rally Friday to demand the leaky roof on a state office building be replaced because it has created a mold outbreak, which poses dangers to workers and clients.

St. Louis man convicted of robbery after rap defense fails

Mikal Muhammad, 27, of St. Louis was convicted Thursday of robbery, burglary, felonious restraint and armed criminal action after using the defense his developing career as a rapper gave him no reason to commit such crimes. His rap name is "Gube Thug."

Sedalia officers arrest 31 suspects in drug sweep

Thirty-one people were arrested after a seven-month investigation into drug sales by Sedalia police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The investigation began after complaints from Sedalia residents about drug buys on the streets.

Truman president earned $215K for reporting ways to save

Former Truman State University president wrote one report during her year as the university's consultant.

MoDOT: Landslide issue troublesome

Route 79 in northeast Missouri closed two weeks ago for the second time in 19 months after a shifting hillside caused the road to collapse. The Missouri Department of Transportation has outlined options to fix the problem.

Suspect in St. Louis officer's death to face death penalty

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said he will seek the death penalty against Todd Shepard, who is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of University City Sgt. Michael King on Halloween 2008.

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