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Jared Lee Loughner to undergo mental evaluation in Missouri

A federal judge ordered the evaluation take place at the Bureau of Prisons facility in Springfield. Loughner is the suspect in the January shooting that killed six and wounded 13 in Tucson, Ariz.

Mike Matthes hired as Columbia's new city manager

City Council members voted unanimously for Mike Matthes, former assistant city manager and chief information officer in Des Moines, Iowa, to replace Bill Watkins as Columbia's city manager.

Libyans in Columbia ready to return home, help in revolution

If Gadhafi falls, Libya will rebuild, and many Libyans worldwide are eager to help create a new government.

McCaskill promises to pay back taxes on plane

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday the back personal property taxes will be paid on an airplane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an ownership interest. The plane will also be sold.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Predatory payday loan industry needs reform

Short-term payday loans have long-term effects on communities. They create a cycle of debt that is difficult to escape. 

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the U.S. military have attacked Libyan forces?

U.S. and British forces fired missiles at Libyan air defense sites Saturday and Sunday, and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi promised a war. 

Rick McGuire's sports psychology program makes its mark on MU athletics department

MU athletes, such as football player T.J. Moe, have embraced the new sports psychology program run by former track coach Rick McGuire. McGuire's expertise is helping coaches teach players to focus in the moment and utilize positive thinking.

Hickman girls soccer team looks to gain 'swagger'

The young Hickman Kewpies team looks to rebound from a 10-0 loss when it hosts Pembroke Hill on Tuesday.

UM president qualifications, 2012 budget discussed at curators' meeting

The presidential search committee said stakeholders stressed business experience as a qualification for the next UM president. The committee wishes to hire a president from Missouri.

Missouri in danger of losing some federal funding for highways

For every $4 the federal government gives Missouri for highway construction and maintenance, the state has to put up $1. Missouri may have to reject some federal funding starting in 2017 due to lack of available funding from the state.

Emerging Leaders Program gives students responsibility, chance to succeed

Susan Perkins, a counselor at Blue Ridge Elementary School, started the Emerging Leaders Program as a way to organize student help with recycling, but it quickly expanded. Six months later, 60 students hold 11 different jobs, including art organizer, gardener and morning greeter.

Columbia City Council approves restructuring sewer rates

Some say the council's unanimous decision will increase the cost of business.

Neighborhood Response Team to begin home inspections in central Columbia

Inspections starting this week in several central city neighborhoods are intended to crack down on code violations such as broken windows, peeling paint and foot-high weeds.

Columbia College softball team splits home opener against Missouri Baptist

The Cougars won 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Missouri Baptist on Monday in their home opener, but the offense stalled in the second game, which they lost 2-1.

Columbia police make 18 arrests Friday at sobriety checkpoint

Columbia police arrested 14 drivers on DWI charges March 16-20 as part of the statewide "You Drink & Drive, You Lose" campaign.

MO-X van overturns on Interstate 70

An airport shuttle van flipped over Saturday morning after it was forced onto a median because of slowed traffic, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Derrick Washington's sexual assault hearing delayed until May

A third continuance was granted Monday in former MU tailback Derrick Washington's deviate sexual assault case. His attorney says continuances are "normal."

MU police investigating indecent exposure reports

MU police received two reports of indecent exposure over the weekend. One  was near Stankowski Field and the other near the Hitt Street parking garage.

Columbia couple racing to clean Missouri rivers

Josh and Sarah Pennington will race in the sixth annual Missouri River 340 this summer. Until then, the couple is locking in sponsorships for the race and putting together a rummage sale to raise money for the Missouri River Relief. 

Inspectors look at lubrication concern at Callaway nuclear plant

An oil sample taken Feb. 8 showed an auxiliary pump might have been inadequately lubricated. The oil may have been too low to properly lubricate the pump bearing, and could have affected its performance during an accident scenario.

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