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Process of getting an abortion in Missouri changes with new law

As part of the law women must now meet with a qualified professional before having an abortion and will be told that fetuses may feel pain.

UPDATE: Oil sheen spreading from burning offshore platform

The rig is west of the site of an April blast that caused a massive oil spill. A commercial helicopter company reported the explosion at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Budget 'bloat' not quite what has been reported

A closer look at the city budget reveals a spendable surplus more than 20 times less than reported in the Columbia Heart Beat.

BRIAN JARVIS: Missouri Tigers' Faurot Field evokes more than touchdowns and football tailgates

I saw my first Missouri football game with my father only two weeks before he passed away. Starting on Saturday, the 2010 Tigers' season takes on a whole new meaning.  

Sprigg's toughness makes an impact on Hickman football team

Senior Tyler Sprigg turned heads with his performance in the Kewpies' game Friday against Rock Bridge. As a tight end, wide receiver and defensive end, he was on the field for 130 of the game's 140 snaps.

Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic temporarily halts abortions

The stoppage is related to scheduling problems, not new state requirements, said the president of the Planned Parenthood branch that reaches mid-Missouri.

HURRICANE EARL: What others are saying

Hurricane Earl is approaching North Carolina's Outer Banks and might reach the coast of Massachusetts shortly.

East Coast on alert as Hurricane Earl approaches

The Category 4 storm is expected to scrape Cape Hatteras, Long Island and eastern New England.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you think it’s possible to be completely car-free in Columbia?

PedNet started its No Car, Low Car and Whoa! Car Challenge this week. The program urges participants to lower their car use for the month of September.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Observing Ramadan takes dedication, commitment to God

Millions of Muslims are observing Ramadan, an important Islam holiday, which requires fasting from food, drink and sexual activity for an entire month.

Charitable group expects record donations despite recession

The Heart of Missouri United Way launches its annual community campaign Friday. The charity is asking residents to donate $3.3 million to help local charitable organizations.

MACC settles into new Columbia location at the Parkade Center

Students at the new Columbia branch of Moberly Area Community College will attend classes in several unused shops at the Parkade Center.

Flu season expected to be moderate this year

Health officials are predicting a mild flu season this year. The latest vaccine has already hit Columbia pharmacies.

Mizzou Alumni Association to host St. Louis tailgate for Arch Rivalry football game

The association will host "Mizzou Headquarters" for Tiger football fans before Saturday's season opener against Illinois.

Missouri revenues up slightly in August, down for year

Despite rise in tax revenues this month, revenues for the first two months of Missouri's fiscal year are down.

Three Columbia organizations approved for federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

The $5 billion federal program, part of the Affordable Care Act, reimburses some health care costs until 2014 at three Columbia employers that offer health insurance for early retirees.

GULF OIL PLATFORM SPILL: What others are saying

Here's a compilation of information about the oil platform spill from various news sources.

Services scheduled for Missouri soldier killed in Afghanistan

Army Staff Sgt. James Ide was one of seven U.S. troops killed in weekend attacks.

City, county happy with joint planning on East Columbia Area Plan

City and county planning officials call joint planning well worth the effort and long overdue.

Fired aide to former Gov. Blunt runs for U.S. Congressional seat

An aide to former Gov. Matt Blunt, fired for a spat over deleted e-mails, is now running for the U.S. Representative seat long held by Blunt's father.

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