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Missourians could give tax money to help foster families

A bill in the Missouri Senate would allow donating to raising public awareness of adoptive and foster families efforts through a checkoff on their state tax forms.

Missouri Senate gives initial OK to adoption record access expansion

New legislation in the Missouri Senate would give people adopted after Aug. 28 of this year access to their birth certificates once they're 18. Currently, Missouri adoptees have to go through the court system or gain consent from their birth mother for access.

Missouri senator putting brakes on tax incentives for businesses

Republican Sen. Jason Crowell is making it harder for tax incentives for businesses to clear the Missouri legislature this year. Crowell wants to make tax credits subject to the annual legislative budget process, blocking bills that don't follow that process.

COLUMN: What makes Missouri drug users want to escape from reality?

With households less reliant on the nuclear family it seems that America's youth is turning to drugs. But the family structure shouldn't shoulder all the blame.

Trend continues for Harris family on basketball court

Guard Lyle Harris is having a great year and is hoping to play in college, like his siblings.

Agreement between FBI, Columbia Police and Fire departments approved

The FBI and the Columbia Police and Fire departments will now collaborate on bomb-related incidents.

SLIDESHOW: Vancouver Olympics, Day 4

Men's and women's curling and women's snowboarding were some of the sports on Day 4 of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Columbia Public Works Department plans sewer project meetings

Residents of the Westmount Avenue, Lathrop, Garth and Stewart areas have an opportunity to ask the Public Words Department questions about the Private Common Collector Elimination Project #8 on Wednesday.

United Way names new community partnership director

 E. Leigh Voltmer has been a State of Missouri Health Program Representative.

Use of 'Tour' e-mail account gets aide in trouble

The aide for Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was reprimanded for the incident.

Out-of-town jury to be used in Bustamante trial

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce has decided to bring in an out-of-town jury to try Alyssa Bustamante, the girl accused of killing 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.

Ambulance providers in budget crisis

Ambulance districts are feeling a financial pinch, and cuts in Medicare payments could hurt the quality of ambulance service.

Ragtag's executive director to resign

Sarah Bantz has decided to resign as executive director for Ragtag Cinema.

Columbia man arrested after pawn shop burglary

A Columbia man was arrested on suspicion burglary early Friday morning for the third time since September.

Office of Emergency Management weather spotting class is full

Though a weather spotting class offered in Columbia is now full, the Office of Emergency Management encourages anyone interested in the class to contact them about future sessions.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Missouri implement English-only driver's exam?

The bill proposed by Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O'Fallon, would create an English-only driver's license exam without the use of an interpreter. This is the latest in a nationwide debate on English-only exams.

High schools raise funds for Haiti relief

Author and MU professor Valerie Kaussen, who was in Haiti when the earthquake occurred, and Haiti native and University Hospital nurse Sandra Beldor spoke at the event that raised funds for Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health.

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