Missouri lawmaker files new idea for special session

A state representative wants to add a new issue to the special legislative session — a constitutional amendment to restrict taxes on commercial property. 

Missouri meeting planned to discuss new education standards

The June 28 symposium in Jefferson City will provide participants with an understanding of the new Common Core State Standards, the new education benchmarks released earlier this month.

UPDATE: Sen. McCaskill: Rural areas need broadband

Sen. Claire McCaskill and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski hosted a Rural Broadband Forum in Troy. About 100 people attended. Genachowski said there are challenges in rural areas, but extending broadband is vital for businesses, emergency responders, health care providers and residents.

Missouri Sen. McCaskill: Rural areas need broadband

The senator and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski are scheduled to host a forum on Friday in Troy to discuss the need for broadband Internet access in rural Missouri.

Trial under way in fatal boating accident in Van Buren

The accident killed 25-year-old Josh Burson and 11-year-old Jerry Mote, both of Poplar Bluff.

Kansas City Zoo to install tram ride

The Friends of the Zoo organization voted this week to provide a sky ride over animals such as giraffes, lions, cheetahs and rhinos in the African plains.

U.S. congressman seeks investigation of art exhibit

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is asking the state to investigate whether a planned exhibit of dead bodies from China at the St. Louis Galleria violates any state laws.

Columbia School District sorting through dozens of bids for new high school construction

The struggling economy and use of the "construction manager" project model lead to huge number of bids.

Panera Co. to open more pay-what-you-wish eateries

Panera, which operates 1,400 franchised and corporate-owned bakery-cafes across the country, plans to expand the nonprofit model around the nation, opening two more locations within months.

Crowder College officials blast feds over red-tape for energy center

Crowder President Alan Marble on Thursday updated the school's Board of Trustees on the lack of progress in constructing the Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology Center. Marble said the money for the college has been appropriated, but it has yet to receive roughly $5.4 million in federal funds to construct the building.


First lady Michelle Obama to speak to NAACP in Kansas City

The first lady will be the headliner speaker at the NAACP convention in July.

Missouri woman accused of embezzling from church

Newton County authorities allege that 51-year-old Deborah L. Wills of Joplin embezzled more than $12,000 from Christ's Community United Methodist Church in Joplin between January 2007 and March of this year.

NAACP critical of some St. Louis County police

Organization says county police should take over some small departments that lack professionalism.

Columbia Public School District committee considers plans to expand Administration Building

The long-range facilities committee proposed a plan to incorporate all administration offices in one location by expanding the Administration Building on Worley St.

Columbia downtown development plans revealed in preliminary draft

Urban planning firm reveals plans for downtown development. They include safe pedestrian crossing over major roads, more residential units, and gridded street structures.

MoDOT combating paint splats on highway signs

The department says Missouri is the first state in the nation to test various types of paint remover for use on highway signs.