They were close. After three weeks of respectful but increasingly tense deliberations, 11 jurors were ready to convict Rod Blagojevich of what prosecutors called a "political corruption crime spree" that would have sent yet another former Illinois governor to prison. But on vote after vote, the jury kept coming up one juror short — a lone holdout who wouldn't budge and would agree only that Blagojevich lied to the FBI. "The person just did not see the evidence that everyone else did," said juror Stephen Wlodek.
The guilty verdict on the least serious of the 24 counts against him, and mistrial on all the rest, led Blagojevich to taunt prosecutors in the courthouse lobby. More than a year after federal prosecutors accused him of crimes that would make Abraham Lincoln "roll over in his grave," the disgraced politician bragged about essentially fighting them to a draw.
The federal government has approved $66 million of grants and loans to expand high-speed Internet in rural northern Missouri. A Columbia media company is involved.
Missouri has done a better job getting sex offenders to register, but still has work to do to comply with federal requirements.
Test scores for students in Columbia Public Schools again beat state and national averages.
A decision from the U.S. Department of Education on whether Columbia College can use the building at 608 Cherry St. could be two weeks away.
A number of positions are available for many of Columbia's boards and commissions. The deadline to apply is Sept. 3.
Missouri health officials say they will start publishing hospital infection rates from previous years.