Columbia Public Works Department proposes two sidewalk improvements

Engineering aides answered questions Wednesday about two proposals to improve sidewalks and waterlines on East Broadway and Business Loop 70 East.

Missouri Foundation of Health gives grants to 11 Columbia nonprofits

The foundation awarded a total of $829,792 in grants to 11 mid-Missouri nonprofits.

Marshall University names MU official as dean of health professions

MU associate vice provost Michael Prewitt has been named dean of Marshall University's College of Health Professions.

Vacant duplex catches fire, remains intact

A vacant duplex off Southview Drive in Columbia caught fire on Wednesday. The cause of the fire is unknown and no injuries were sustained.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think of the state's misuse of Blind Pension Fund resources?

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that the state owes more than $30 million to 3,300 blind Missourians to make up for years of shortchanging payments to them through the Blind Pension Fund.

Missouri House committee looks for compromise with Senate autism bill

The House and the Senate have passed separate bills mandating insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis therapy to treat autism spectrum disorders. A cost difference divides the two bills, with the House setting a $36,000 annual cap for treatment while the Senate bill would cap treatment at $55,000.


UPDATE: Monsanto sees second-quarter profit drop of 19 percent

After encountering generic competition against its herbicide Roundup, the world's biggest seed maker admitted it probably won't be able to reach the goal it set three years ago — to double its annual profit by 2012.

Judge grants change of venue for another Mohler

Burrell Mohler Jr. is the third of the accused in the Missouri child rape case to be granted a change venue for trail. Mohler and five of his family members have been charged with raping young relatives.


Missouri bill would expand Boone County nuisance ordinance

A bill was heard by the House Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday that would add stormwater runoff damage and old tires to Boone County's nuisance reduction ordinance.

Man formerly of Columbia admits illegally sending money to Iraq

Ali Mohamed Bagegni is the former secretary and board member of Islamic American Relief Agency, which was headquartered in Columbia until being shut down in 2004.

Missouri Senate OKs cuts to mental health services

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 10 percent reduction in state aid for mental health services in order to help close a $500 million gap in the state's budget. The cuts aren't final yet because the Senate budget plan still must be reconciled with the one by the House.

Missouri Senator aims to eliminate Career Ladder program

The $37 million Career Ladder program provides teachers with extra pay for things such as after-school tutoring, but Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Rob Mayer of Dexter said the money could be used to help close a projected $500 million shortfall in next year's budget.

Washington, Foristell ban so-called synthetic marijuana

St. Charles city and county have also banned the product marketed under names such as "K2," ''Spice" and "Summit."

Nixon to speak in Columbia on Wednesday

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to speak at 11:15 a.m. at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Wednesday about his plans for making Missouri's government more lean and for promoting economic growth.

Missouri Senate endorses higher fees on pesticides

The legislation endorsed Tuesday would charge businesses a $150 annual registration fee for each pesticide product they sell or transport in Missouri. The current fee is $15.

MU students to rally for pot usage

A group called Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation is asking campus presidents to endorse what it calls an "informed and dispassionate public debate" on recreational pot use.

Monsanto sees second-quarter profit drop of 19 percent

St. Louis-based seed maker Monsanto Co. said global competition has caused profits from its herbicide Roundup to drop, resulting in a 19-percent drop in profits for the second quarter.

Bond announces funding for energy project

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond announced Missouri's carbon sequestration project is receiving more federal funding.

Gov. Nixon affirms support for tuition freeze

During a press conference Wednesday at MU, Gov. Jay Nixon said he will fight to keep the tuition freeze for public colleges and universities. The freeze may be affected by the $15 million in additional cuts Missouri lawmakers introduced Tuesday.

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