Ryan Ferguson loses bid for new trial; defense vows to continue

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District on Tuesday denied a request by Ryan Ferguson to seek a new trial. Ferguson was convicted in the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Are you considering raising your own chickens as a result of the salmonella scare?

In light of the recent salmonella outbreak, eggs from local farmers have become a hot commodity. Would you consider raising your own chickens?

Man nabs roaming goat in Mexico with Facebook following

The goat, on the loose since Aug. 21, has 8,000 fans on Facebook.

UPDATE: Missouri judge rules discount of signatures unconstitutional, orders tax initiative

Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson overruled the Missouri secretary of state's initial rejection of the petition on Tuesday. As a result, a real estate tax initiative will appear on Missouri's November ballot.

Two Maplewood Barn design options discussed

Insurance money, private fundraising and a proposed parks tax that voters will decide on in November would make up the funding for the new barn.

Plans for denser development in east Columbia concern residents

City and county planners presented a draft plan for future land use and growth management in far east Columbia at a final public input session. After a few finishing touches, a final plan will be offered later this month.

Scary moments after MU football player knocked unconscious

MU junior receiver Wes Kemp said he couldn't help being affected when Munir Prince, a senior cornerback and longtime friend of Kemp, was knocked unconscious during a punt return in last Thursday’s scrimmage.

Columbia School Board fixes error, approves lower tax increase

The owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $14 more in property taxes under the new rate.

Missouri soldier killed in Afghanistan

Army Staff Sgt. James R. Ide, 32, was part of a unit that came under fire from insurgents in Hyderabad, Afghanistan.

Mary Nirmaier, pioneering wartime pilot, remembered as generous, free-spirited

Mary Burch Nirmaier died Sunday. She was a pilot in World War II and an active member of the Columbia community. In March, she was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Marijuana-law reform activists to appeal Citizens Police Review Board ruling

California-based Green Aid wants the city to reconsider the board's rejection of its complaint against the Columbia Police Department over a controversial SWAT team drug raid earlier this year.

Complaints prompt relocation of several downtown benches

Panhandlers use the benches far more than customers, store managers say.

FEMA: U.S. evacuations may be required for Earl

The hurricane is forecast to potentially brush North Carolina late Thursday before heading parallel to land up the East Coast.

Missouri tests artificial turf for germs, heat

The turf samples were donated to the university for this research.

Rock Bridge opens volleyball season with a win

The Bruins girls volleyball team earned its first win of the season with a 25-22, 25-17 victory over the Jays on Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

UPDATE: Missouri court denies restaurants' request for tax exemption

The Missouri Supreme Court said restaurant customers aren't renting tables and chairs from the establishments after it ruled 6-1 against a tax exemption for the purchase of tables, chairs, plates and kitchen equipment on Tuesday.

Animal researchers warn of animal virus threat

Unless foreign viruses are kept in check, they can hurt the livestock industry and put lives at risk, researchers say.

Former Missouri lawyer guilty of stealing from trust

A former Cape Girardeau lawyer has pleaded guilty of felony stealing for embezzling $325,000 from a deceased client's trust fund.

Obama: End of Iraq combat mission not victory lap

President Barack Obama visited the Fort Bliss Army base in El Paso to speak to the troops recently returned from Iraq.

Text of the letter from Green Aid

This is the text of the appeal filed with City Manager Bill Watkins.