Missouri lawmakers try to rewrite law aimed at puppy mills

Hubert Lavy checks on some of his dogs at Tenderheart Kennels, his dog-breeding facility, March 24 in Silex. In November voters in a statewide election approved a new law regulating Missouri's dog-breeders, but now state lawmakers are poised to rewrite the law breeders argue would devastate their industry.

Lawmakers who are trying to repeal the voter-approved law, which mandates puppy mills expand indoor space and build solid floors, think it's too costly and not fair for legitimate dog-breeders.

BRAD CLEMONS: 'Not Me' gets harder to catch in action

Lapses in good behavior such as missing cookies, hidden keys and messy rooms all have the same elusive suspect: "Not Me."

GEORGE KENNEDY: Obama's economic plan makes more sense than Rep. Paul Ryan's

Obama intends to reduce the rate of health care costs, add to defense savings and end tax cuts to the exorbitantly rich, a plan that does not attack the poor in order to serve the elite like Rep. Paul Ryan's plan.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How would insurance companies posting costs affect you?

Senate Bill 122 would require insurance companies to tell you how much individual medical services cost before you buy them. How might this bill affect you?

Hope drives editor of The Community Voice

Timm Hudspeth started The Community Voice newspaper in 1990 to provide a place for local African Americans to speak out to their community. Years later, he's still going.

Kansas freshman Selby leaving for NBA

Freshman guard Josh Selby is declaring for the NBA draft, leaving Kansas with only two players who had a significant role in last season's 35-3 record. Earlier, twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris, last season's top scorers and rebounders, hired an agent and announced they would skip their senior seasons.


1811-12 New Madrid earthquake strengths questioned in new research

A new paper will be presented at the Seismological Society of America's annual meeting that argues that the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes were not as strong as previously estimated.

Maya Angelou stirs crowd with speech at Jesse Hall

The poet, author and activist stressed the importance of knowledge and tolerance in her speech Thursday at Jesse Hall.

High school students judge livestock in 83rd annual FFA competition

The motto for this year's Missouri FFA Convention was "Be bold, wear the blue, and earn the gold," something the students at the convention have come to live by.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents enjoy weather, plant poppies

 Gardeners made use of the fine spring weather by planting poppies Thursday.

Missouri women's basketball signs two players

Morgan Eye of Montrose, Mo., and Liz Park of Overland Park, Kan., join two other newcomers to the Missouri women's basketball team next season.

MU's race team experiments with hydrogen as alternative fuel

MU students are bringing their hydrogen fuel-cell research to Shell's Eco-marathon race in Houston this weekend. Cars designed using alternative energy are featured in the race as gas prices climb to record highs across the nation.

Local dealership to service recalled Ford, Lincoln vehicles

Repairs to affected vehicles will be done free of charge at the Columbia Joe Machens Ford Lincoln dealership.

State Historical Society secures site for new headquarters

The city and MU have formalized an agreement that would allow the State Historical Society of Missouri to build a new headquarters downtown near campus.

Gov. Nixon appoints Nicole Galloway as new Boone County treasurer

Columbia accountant Nicole Galloway will take the position, which became vacant after the death of former treasurer Feb. 1.

Dave Griggs presented with Lang Award for volunteer service

Dave Griggs, who was instrumental in bringing IBM to Columbia, received the Howard B. Lang Award on Thursday for outstanding volunteer service to the city.


Pigs die in Boone County barn fire

A fire late Wednesday night killed 43 pigs at a barn in western Boone County. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers pass limits on farm lawsuits

The Missouri House passed a bill to limit the number of nuisance lawsuits that can be brought against agricultural producers, as well as the amount of damages receivable.

Washington University gets grant for breast cancer study

The university will use the $6.5 million grant for research to help personalize a breast cancer vaccine to each patient. The goal is to allow the patient's immune system to destroy the cancer cells on its own.

Missouri House votes to relax lead paint regulations

The House passed legislation to relax regulations on removing lead-based paint. Those who voted for the legislation cited the high costs that the restrictions caused as the reason for the bill.