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GUEST COMMENTARY: Tax reform should adhere to moral principles

It's both financially and morally irresponsible not to reform America's tax and spending systems.

MoDOT's Kansas City district offers flood detour guide

The district's website has a section featuring a listing of roads closed due to floodwaters and detour maps.

Graphic cigarette labels meet with mixed reviews

The Food and Drug Administration has rolled out nine new warning labels with graphic images of the effects of smoking. The labels will be placed on the top half of the front and back of each carton of cigarettes.

Missouri softball stars Taylor and Thomas set to begin international play

Former Missouri softball outfielder Rhea Taylor and Missouri softball pitcher Chelsea Thomas are teammates once again after both were selected to the USA Softball women’s national team last week.  The team will take part in three international tournaments.

Recent rain shouldn't worsen Missouri River flooding

Despite continuing rainfall in Nebraska and Iowa, it is unlikely that the weather will cause the Missouri River's water level to change by more than a few inches.

UPDATE: Craig residents to evacuate homes due to impending floodwaters

Craig residents will soon follow the lead of neighboring towns after receiving a mandatory evacuation notice.

Gov. Nixon orders state agency to assist communities needing sand

Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the State Emergency Management Agency to help communities along the Missouri River obtain sand. Nixon said communities should contact SEMA.

Northwest Missouri town of Craig next in line for flooding problems

The residents of Craig, a community of about 300, have been given 48 hours to evacuate as volunteers continue to sandbag the town's perimeter.

Show-Me State Games' Ken Ash receives Don Faurot Award

Show-Me State Games Executive Director Ken Ash received the Don Faurot Sportsperson of the Year Award for his long-time sports participation in Columbia.

Joplin puts 60-day hold on some home rebuilding

A hold has been placed on issuing new building permits for property owners with destroyed or damaged homes. The city said the hold will help speed debris removal.

Joplin tornado death toll reaches 155

The most recent death resulted from injuries sustained in the tornado.

Officials say wildfires in Southwest will blaze until rainy season

According to meteorologists, the region needs a higher level of humidity to contain the fires more than it needs record rainfall.

City installs parking meters on Paquin Street

The City Council approved the meter installation at its June 6 meeting, and the ordinance has met with mixed reactions.

University Hospital treats two Joplin tornado survivors for fungal infection

University Hospital providedservices to two Joplin tornado survivors afflicted with mucormycosis.

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Heavy winds in Columbia left some without power

An early morning power outage was caused by a tree falling on a power line because of strong winds.

Columbia Star Dinner Train taking reservations for July opening

The Columbia Star Dinner Train's grand opening is July 15. The dinner ride organization is now accepting reservations.

UPDATE: Fire department determines cause of fire started by arsonist

Damages to a Park de Ville condo are estimated to be between $35,000 and $40,000 after a man set fire to the master bedroom Monday.

Obama to address nation about Afghanistan on Wednesday

President Barack Obama will likely to cut 10,000 troops from Afghanistan this year, with a drawdown beginning next month. He will address the nation at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Summer solstice marks astronomical start of summer

Learn more about the history, science and celebration of summer solstice with these resources. The official moment of summer solstice is 12:16 p.m. Tuesday.

Missouri's first solar-powered lamp installed on I-70

The $4,000 solar-powered lamp is located at the intersection of Missouri 127 and Interstate 70.

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