St. Louis County Police chief defends officers involved in gun battle

County Police Chief Tim Fitch defended the actions of undercover officers who were involved in a gun battle in Pine Lawn. The town's police chief criticized Fitch for failing to tell him there were undercover officers in his jurisdiction, adding that his officers almost fired on the undercover officers.

Investigators have leads on dump of hundreds of dead chickens

Officials in Barry County said they have some leads in the illegal dumping of 600-700 chickens Memorial Day weekend in Flat Creek, northeast of Washburn.

Federal charges filed on interstate marijuana trafficking organization

Twenty four people are facing federal charges for their role in an interstate marijuana trafficking organization. They are also accused of growing marijuana indoors in the St. Louis area.

Bank of America to pay $195,000 in telemarketing settlement

Bank of America agreed to pay the state $195,000 after being charged with making unwanted calls to residents on the do-not-call list.

Columbia Police Department to hold Citizens' Academy in September

The Citizens’ Academy is open to applicants who are 18 years old and older and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Applications can be submitted at the Police Department's website.

Education commissioner said state must improve graduation rates

Although a recent report found that Missouri's graduation rate is above the national average, education commissioner Chris Nicastro said the state must work harder to ensure all students finish high school prepared for college or a career.

Missouri curators meet amid Big 12 conference confusion

University curators opened their regularly scheduled meeting in Columbia on Thursday morning with a closed-door session — the first of three scheduled over the next two days. After the closed meeting, curator Warren Erdman told the Associated Press that Missouri had not been asked to join the Big Ten. He said the curators did not discuss conference affiliation during the morning session.

Worship service unites faiths to celebrate PrideFest

Several religious communities are collaborating to hold an outdoor worship service Sunday as part of the Mid-Missouri PrideFest.

Ceremony honors UM faculty and students

Two MU faculty members were honored at a UM system awards ceremony Thursday.  Steve Weinberg received the Curators' Award for Scholarly Excellence, and Peter Sutovsky received the Faculty Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

City Council report: Bus riders apathetic about Wi-Fi access

Wireless Internet access was available on two Columbia Transit buses earlier this year, but few riders used the service.

Governor signs legislation requiring insurers to cover autism treatment

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that will require state regulated insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders.