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Columbia Public Schools to air Obama's student message Sept. 14

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher said the district supports the president's desire to see students do well.

Kahler hearing moved to October

The preliminary hearing for James Kraig Kahler has been rescheduled for Oct. 25-26. This is the second time the hearing has been rescheduled.

'Today' show wedding plans continue with dress and tuxedo

Wedding plans for the local couple who will wed on the "Today" show are progressing with the selection of wedding attire.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How should Columbia accommodate the mentally impaired?

The city of Columbia wants input on how it implements changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should the city include accommodations for the mentally impaired?

J. KARL MILLER: History of the Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is America's oldest military decoration and has been issued to more than 1.3 million people since World War II. 

Grant to help northeast Missouri farmers protect water

The five-year grant will provide financial and technical assistance for farmers in Adair, Knox, Macon and Shelby counties.

UPDATE: Audit cites poor oversight of Missouri tax credits

The audit focused on two versions of the Enhanced Enterprise Zone program. Businesses that move to, or expand in, areas with high unemployment and low personal income are eligible for breaks on local property taxes and state income taxes.

UPDATE: Freed burglar says Missouri court system is broken

Dwight Laughlin spent 17 years in a state prison waiting for the Missouri judiciary to determine he should have been tried in federal court. Under federal law, he would have served five years.

Freed burglar says Missouri court system is broken

Dwight Laughlin, who spent 17 years in prison, expressed frustration that lower courts ignored his argument for years before the Missouri Supreme Court ordered him released.

Rock Bridge softball wins in extra innings

Junior Lauren Fuller's walk-off home run propelled the Rock Bridge softball team to a 6-5, 10-inning victory over visiting Jefferson City.

Claire McCaskill in Fulton for latest town hall

The one-hour session will be at William Woods University.

City Council changes Maryland Avenue to Tiger Avenue

A roundup of other action from Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Rock Bridge girls golfers win pair of events

After claiming the title at the Blue Springs South tournament Tuesday, the Rock Bridge girls golf team beat Hickman and Jefferson Wednesday in Columbia.

Southwest Missouri school board to reconsider book ban

On Wednesday night, the Stockton School Board will hear from citizens before possibly voting on whether Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" should be allowed in the high school library.

Columbia College volleyball and soccer teams fall in polls

The Columbia College volleyball and soccer teams both fell in the NAIA top 25 polls after the first week of action.

St. Louis plans downtown bike center

The center, where bicyclists can keep bikes and gear, should be operating later this fall.

St. Louis study finds smoking ventilation systems don't work

Beginning Jan. 2, St. Louis and St. Louis County will implement a smoking ban, with exemptions for casino floors, some hotel rooms and some private clubs.

Missouri inmate serving time for baby's death dies

Officials at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking say 45-year-old Willie Prother was pronounced dead Tuesday at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

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