Senate committee hears bill on sexual orientation discrimination

The Senate Progress and Development Committee heard a bill Wednesday that would add sexual orientation to Missouri's civil rights law, prohibiting people from discriminating based on that factor.

First mayoral forum addresses transportation, public safety

Paquin Tower hosted the first forum for Columbia mayoral candidates on Wednesday night.

Stephens women's basketball team loses road game

The Stephens women's basketball team lost 33-23 on Thursday night at Hannibal-LaGrange.

UPDATE: Missouri House OKs drug tests for public officials

The Missouri House of Representative tacked a provision to test themselves for drug use onto a bill that would require drug testing for some recipients of public aid. The legislation needs one more vote to move to the Senate.

Federal agency denies protections for tiny pika

Officials say global warming threats aren't severe to enough pika populations to put the animal on the species protection list.

Olivet Christian Church to hold Lent film discussion on race and class

Larry Brown will facilitate a film discussion series for Lent around issues of race and class in contemporary society. The Sunday evening series starts Feb. 21.

First-time claims for unemployment benefits rises unexpectedly

New claims for unemployment benefits rose by 8,000 last week, the fourth rise in the past five weeks. The figure is the highest it has been in two months, and many employers have plans to make more lay-offs.

House OKs bill to drug test Missouri officials

House members voted to require state officials to take a mandatory drug test upon entering office, and every two years. The mandatory testing has been added onto a broader bill that gives drug tests to adults receiving welfare payments.

TV show to help Kansas City family get missing woman's body back

Stephanie Clack learned that her sister's body had been found in Ohio in 1987.

Nixon withdraws more than 80 appointments

Senators did not have ample time to review many of the selections for governmental positions, which were made when the legislature was not in session.

Missouri National Guard to send help for Haiti relief

The Missouri National Guard is sending airmen and a cargo plane to Fort Bragg, N.C., to help with the Haiti relief effort.

Plane goes off runway at Columbia Regional Airport

No injuries were reported.