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Key witness recants in Ryan Ferguson case

Chuck Erickson describes where he says he and Ryan Ferguson were hiding behind a dumpster moments before they allegedly killed Kent Heitholt in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Erickson recanted that testimony in a deposition videotaped Nov. 22, 2009.

Erickson says Ryan Ferguson "had no idea that I would act in such an aggressive manner. …  He could not stop me, though he tried at the end.”

Ferguson has been in prison for four years serving a sentence of 40 years for murder.

Erickson's statement became public Monday as part of a motion filed by Ferguson's lawyer.

COLUMN: Don't worry about professors requiring students buy their books

Collectively, MU students were asked spend as much as $158,000 this semester on textbooks that were required by the same professor who had written them.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you think Super Bowl XLIV commercials were sexist?

The 2010 Super Bowl commercials, advertising things such as the new Dodge Charger, Bud Light and GoDaddy.com, have some critics pointing out the amount of sexism portrayed.

Psychological theories give reason to suspect Erickson's original, recanted testimonies

Chuck Erickson's recanted testimony in the Ryan Ferguson murder case has prompted more questions than answers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should protect its children, not their abusers

In January, the state’s highest court ruled that where convicted child predators live and what they do on Halloween cannot be limited "retroactively." It’s at least the fifth time in recent years that the court has rejected laws intended to help expose the guilty and protect the vulnerable.

Cuts for Columbia Public Schools in the future

Monday night's School Board meeting calls for some budget cuts.

Columbia Fire Department hosts students from MU's EPI program

Several students from MU's English and Professional Immersion program visit the fire department and learn about different equipment.

Erickson's reversal meets mixed reactions

Chuck Erickson, previous witness in Columbia Daily Tribue sports editor murder, claims sole responsibility for death.

Columbia resident suffers burns from house fire

A woman is listed in serious condition as of 4 p.m. Monday after a fire in her home.

Boone County treasurer retires after 33 years

Boone County Treasurer Kay Murray announced her retirement Monday after 33 years in the position. Murray is one year into her eighth consecutive term. Murray's retirement is effective Feb. 28. Boone County statutes require that either the Boone County Commission or the governor appoint someone to serve in the interim.

Graduate school dean applicants scheduled for interviews

Interviews will be a two-day process and will involve a variety of meetings and activities.

Rep. John Murtha, Iraq war critic, dies at 77

U.S. Rep John Murtha, D-Pa., died on Monday. He was 77.

Second public meeting set for area of Stadium extension

On Feb. 23, planning officials will present preliminary findings for the East Columbia Area Plan. The study is intended to guide future growth in a roughly 21-square-mile area east of Columbia. A planned extension of Stadium Boulevard is likely to bring large-scale development to the area, most of which is outside city limits.

Top trial attorney Kathleen Zellner getting results for Ferguson

Ryan Ferguson's father contacted attorney Kathleen Zellner, who will have a movie made about her, to be his son's lawyer in November 2009. Now, the key witness against Ferguson has recanted his testimony.

Facebook touches an unexpected life

A 13-year-old girl makes a Walmart greeter a local celebrity using Facebook. A group she created for him, Friends of Smitty the Wal-Mart Doorman, has more than 1,600 members.

Cleaning service offers comfort to cancer patients in Missouri

Cleaning houses is more than just a job to employees whose companies are partnered with Cleaning for a Reason, a program that cleans,  for free,  the homes of women undergoing cancer treatment.

Police release the names of victims in Connecticut plant explosion

Authorities have released the names of the five men killed in the Kleen Energy plant explosion.

Nixon names next Missouri Highway Patrol superintendent appointee

Gov. Jay Nixon named Maj. Ronald Replogle as the successor Col. James Keathley on Monday.

'Puppy-love' meeting to be held in support of proposed legislation

Supporters of the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act are holding a "puppy love" meeting open to the public Thursday. The meeting will include speakers, live music and information about the proposed legislation.

McCaskill: Missouri politicians posturing on stimulus

Missouri politicans criticize Washington's big spending, but they keep using the federal stimulus money to balance the state budget, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, said Monday.

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