TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Ryan Ferguson be granted a new evidentiary hearing?

Ryan Ferguson, found guilty in 2004 of killing Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt, could be granted a new evidentiary hearing by the end of June.

Amtrak's Missouri River Runner attracting more riders

Amtrak's Missouri River Runner, which runs from St. Louis to Kansas City every day, is serving more passengers as people seek less expensive transportation options. Although more popular, the train still relies on subsidies from the state and federal government.

Levee blast means lost year for Missouri farmers

The explosion of the levee near Cairo, Ill., has dumped floodwater onto more than 200 square miles of farmland in Missouri. The farmers won't be able to plant almost any crops in 2011.

Groups celebrate, 'rock the park' for National Day of Prayer

The Latter House Kingdom Ministries held a "Rock the Park" National Day of Prayer celebration for youth in Cosmo Park. Meanwhile, the week-long Pray Without Ceasing event run by MU students ended Thursday.

MU receives bump in freshman enrollment from out-of-state students

Enrollment from out-of-state students offsets a shrinking number of high school graduates from Missouri.

EPA seeks public comments on impaired waterways list

The EPA has approved listing 241 waterways as impaired and removing 35 waterways from the 2010 list. The agency is seeking public comments on the issue through early July.

Missouri House votes to move presidential primary

The primary would move from February to March. The legislation also requires presidential candidates to produce copies of their birth certificates.

National art exhibit opening in Kansas City

"America: Now and Here" begins its inaugural three-week run Friday in Kansas City before heading to Detroit and Chicago.

UPDATE: Missouri House, Senate reach budget agreement

Among the sticking points in the $23 billion budget between the House and Senate had been funding for colleges and universities, aid for public school busing, provider reimbursement rates for in-home care services and a prescription drug coverage program.

UPDATE: Anxiety still rising along the flood-swollen Mississippi

Many residents along the Mississippi have had to leave their homes because of the threat of floodwaters. The high river waters are projected to break the records from the great flood of 1927.

Caruthersville braces for record flooding

Caruthersville is preparing for Mississippi River flooding with sandbags and hope.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers override Nixon veto of redistricting

The redistricting plan will go forward despite Gov. Nixon's objections.

Obama decides not to release bin Laden death photos

President Barack Obama said he does not want to release the photos because the release could incite violence and create national security risks.

Thomas sets strikeout record in Missouri softball team's doubleheader sweep

Chelsea Thomas threw her 287th strikeout of the season Wednesday in a 5-0 win over Western Illinois, the second game of a doubleheader sweep of the Leathernecks at University Field.

Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers and his band go live

Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers and his music group Suite 1050 were an opening act for Kareem Rush on Tuesday night at the Blue Note.

Re-enactors present Civil War history at Jefferson Junior

The re-enactors from a Columbia camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans came to Jefferson Junior High School to share their take on Civil War history.

UPDATE: Budget deadlock between Missouri House and Senate continues

The Missouri House and Senate cannot agree on how higher education funding, school district transportation and a senior prescription drug program fit into the state budget.

Rock Bridge and Hickman golfers perform well at sectional

Rock Bridge won the team competition at Wednesday's Class 4 boys golf sectional and Hickman had two golfers finish well enough to advance to the state competition.

Family of missing Columbia man offering reward for information

MU student, Nicholas Coppola, has been missing since Dec. 12. Because he is a legal adult and has not committed a felony, police have stopped the search for him because of limited resources.

Residents weigh in on planning Columbia's future

Members of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force met with residents to discuss Columbia Imagined.