Proposed bill has private, public university students debating scholarship money

Officials and students from public and private institutions testified before the House Higher Education Committee on a bill that designates scholarship money that can be allocated to private college students versus those that attend public universities.


Stephens women's basketball ends season

The Stephens women's basketball team ended its season with a 64-52 loss at William Woods on Wednesday night in Fulton in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

Bill would make K2 possession a felony

Although the exact effects of K2 are unknown, a bill in the Missouri General Assembly would make any possession of the substance a Class C felony.

Webster University professor appointed as new Missouri poet laureate

David Clewell replaced Walter Bargen as Missouri's poet laureate on Wednesday during the annual Poetry Out Loud competition in Jefferson City. Clewell teaches poetry workshops and 19th- and 20th- century literature at Webster University in St. Louis.

Columbia council chambers' 'The Pony Express Rider' placed in storage

"The Pony Express Rider," a Buk Ulreich painting that once hung in the old City Council chambers, is awaiting restoration in a federal government warehouse. Chances that it will return to Columbia appear slim.

Author LeFlore returns to Stephens College to talk writing

Stephens College alumna and best-selling author Lyah Beth LeFlore returned to Stephens College to speak to aspiring writers.

Missouri's budget hole deepens

A third straight month of double-digit declines in Missouri's revenue will likely result in additional cuts to this year's budget, according to the state's budget director. Gov. Jay Nixon began meetings with legislators on Tuesday to cut nearly half a billion dollars from next year's budget, an amount greater than the appropriation for the University of Missouri System.

Neighbors oppose Rocheport resident's plan for horse camp

Deb Diller hopes the Boone County Commission will issue a conditional use permit allowing her to continue operating Horsin' Around, a horsemanship training center on her Rocheport property. Neighbors, however, say the business is a detriment to the neighborhood. Commissioners tabled the issue until March 30.

UPDATE: Toxicologists studying effects of synthetic pot

Missouri has a high number cases involving negative effects of the drug.

Missouri House seeks to block health insurance mandate

Individuals and employers who choose to pay for their own health care would be protected against penalties and fines under a proposed amendment circulating in the Missouri House.

Missouri Senate backs broader ban on driver texting

Drivers of all ages would not be allowed to text while driving if a Senate bill is passed. Currently drivers 21 and younger cannot text on the road.

Nixon's plan to balance budget with special funds draws opponents

Opponents expressed their concern over Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to balance the budget by using $27 million from 23 special accounts.

Man arrested in connection with Business Loop shooting

Police arrested a man they think was involved in a shooting. A passenger is also under investigation.

Toxicologist warns of dangerous symptoms from K2

A Saint Louis University professor said that symptoms suggest K2 affects users' cardiovascular systems.

POLICE: Teen arrested in Forest Village Apartments robbery

One arrest has been made in connection with a robbery Sunday at Forest Village Apartments. Columbia Police are still searching for two other suspects.

Convicted O'Fallon nanny might get new trial

Rebecca Harris has been serving a 7-year prison sentence for the assault of Kaleb Wakefield. The appeals court reversed her 2008 conviction on Tuesday.

Missouri schools to promote maths and sciences this week

Officials hope that promoting math, engineering, technology and science will lead to an improved work force in those fields.

Missouri First lady to announce new poet laureate

First lady Georganne Nixon it to announce the new poet laureate today in Jefferson City.

Old plots, now in the way

As city and state governments unearth abandoned cemetaries, relatives and preservationists struggle to protect them.

Obama to make health care speech in St. Louis

President Obama is scheduled to make a speech on health care reform on March 10 in St. Louis. He will appear before at least two groups of people at a Democratic fundraiser.