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'Historic' deal to avoid first government shutdown in 15 years

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached an historic agreement just before the deadline late Friday night to cut about $38 billion in federal spending and avert the first federal closure in 15 years.

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TODAY'S QUESTION: Will McCaskill and Kinder's failure to pay bills affect their 2012 campaigns?

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill failed to pay about $320,000 in taxes for a plane she and her husband own. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder had been reimbursed $35,050 for staying 329 times since 2006 in St. Louis area hotels, but some of those visits were reported to be not work-related.

UPDATE: Shutdown looms as Republicans and Democrats still without agreement

The federal government is on the verge of its first shutdown in 15 years. If no deal is reached by midnight, the Obama administration has readied hundreds of thousands of furlough notices for federal workers.

DEAR READER: Leaves were falling when the MU substance violations story began

Student-journalist Michelle Markelz went through a lot to get the story on alcohol and drug violations at MU.


GUEST COMMENTARY: 'No dogs' good policy for Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary

The carefully restored nature sanctuary should exclude dogs, who can damage delicate habitats and scare off the native critters the park hopes to attract.

Gary Pinkel signs contract extension

MU's head football coach has extended his contract through 2017. The extension increases his annuity and the salary pool for his assistant coaching staff.

Hominy Creek bridge on Route WW reopens earlier than expected

The replacement bridge is part of Missouri's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program.

Colorful opening ceremony welcomes Confucius Institute to MU

MU is now home to the 83rd Confucius Institute in the U.S. The institute was officially launched Friday with a welcoming ceremony in Jesse Hall.

Hickman girls compete at Glendale track and field event

Several Kewpies were successfull at the Glendale Girls Night Out event in Springfield.

Hickman boys track and field competes at Hillcrest Invitational

The Kewpies were one of 31 teams that participated in the event.

Columbia College softball team covers the field, prepares for Williams Baptist

The Cougars worked as the grounds crew after their practice Friday  in preparation of Saturday's doubleheader against Williams Baptist.

Hickman girls soccer falls to Lindbergh

The Kewpies were down by two after the first half but Lindbergh added five more goals to win 7-0.

Rock Bridge defeats Hickman in boys golf playoff

The Hickman-Rock Bridge Playoff at Columbia Country Club is the only match play event for the teams during the season.

Granny's House to receive support from MU water balloon event

An MU residential advisor used an idea from a one hour credit course to create a water balloon-launching charity event for Granny's House, a nonprofit that receives kids from elementary to high school, who live in a government housing district.

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Four arrested in connection with Boone County meth lab

The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested four people after finding a methamphetamine lab Friday afternoon.

Cemetery tour provides look at Columbia history, founders

Jenifer Flink and Mary Beth Brown led a walking tour of Columbia Cemetery on Friday, providing a different perspective on the lives that helped define Columbia.

Churchill Museum to host royal wedding event in Fulton

If you can't afford a ticket to London for the royal wedding, you can go to Fulton, instead. The Mid-Missouri Friends of the National Churchill Museum are having their own party, and everyone's invited. Gloves optional.

Missouri Theatre Center hosts Plowman Chamber Music Competition

Aeolus String Quartet and the Akropolis Reed Quintet won the Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia last weekend.

Veteran Affairs health care will continue despite government shutdown

The biggest impact the government shutdown will have on the VA health care system will be benefits. Operations at all seven community-based outpatient clinics will remain open.

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