Ryan Ferguson gets October hearing for new evidence in murder case

At right, Kathleen Zellner, an attorney representing Ryan Ferguson, talks with Assistant Attorney General Stephen Hawke at a counsel status hearing Tuesday in Cole County Circuit Court in Jefferson City. Ferguson, a Columbia man serving a 40-year prison sentence for the 2001 killing of a newspaper editor, will get to present new evidence in court that his attorneys say proves his innocence. (AP Photo/Columbia Daily Tribune, August Kryger)

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the court will hear new evidence from the defense of Ryan Ferguson in his latest legal effort to to get a new trial. Ferguson was convicted in 2005 in the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt. 

Columbia woman celebrates her 102nd birthday

Nell Atchley celebrated with family members and her friend Tai Tan, 101, who will turn 102 in September. Atchley and Tan are among five centenarians at South Hampton Place nursing home, and there are more than 1,000 centenarians in Missouri.

Costello returns as mentor to Missouri quarterbacks

Jimmy Costello is back for his final year of eligibility, putting other plans aside to act as a mentor to James Franklin and the younger quarterbacks.

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American version of pricey Japanese Kobe beef gains popularity

An American version of the prized Japanese beef is becoming more widespread as ranchers throughout the country — including in Missouri — raise and cross-breed more Wagyu cattle.

Missouri treasurer warns of unclaimed property scam

The scam is an attempt to gather personal information, treasurer Clint Zweifel said.

Gabbert to start in Jaguars' preseason opener

Jacksonville's quarterback situation got scrambled a bit Tuesday when coach Jack Del Rio ruled David Garrard out of Thursday's preseason opener at New England.

United Arab Emirates to give Joplin schools $1 million for computers

Benefiting from the donation, the Joplin High School students will have a chance to use new Apple notebooks in their studies.

Columbia sees summer's largest gas price decrease over shortest time

Gas prices have been decreasing in Missouri since Aug. 5, leading to the largest continual decrease this summer. While prices have been steadily declining, they aren't summer's lowest.

State cuts high-risk insurance pool rates by 23 percent

Premiums have ranged from $137 to $601 per month, and the cut is designed to make the insurance pool more affordable for those who qualify.

Selection of potential jurors in Kahler murder trial finishes early

The Osage County District Court picked 52 prospective jurors for the capital murder trial of former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler. The court will narrow the group down Friday to 12 jurors and three alternates.

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UPDATE: Woman arrested following car accident with son

Elizabeth Klaus was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, and Lucas, her son, was airlifted with serious injuries after their car careened off the road, over a creek and into an embankment.

Obama calls for fuel standards for large vehicles

The standards will cut fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for work trucks and reduce fuel consumption in heavy-duty pickups and semis.

Access Arts celebrates 40th anniversary with events open to public

Established by local architect Hurst John in 1971, Access Arts serves the goal of making art accessible to every person in the community.

Fed pledges to keep rates low into 2013; stocks soar

In 2008, the Federal Reserve set its target for interest rates near zero to help with the financial crisis. On Tuesday, the Fed guaranteed low interest rates for two more years.

Springfield ballot initiative requiring check on immigration status faces opposition

The Ozarks Minutemen are petitioning to put an initiative requiring businesses to check the immigration status of their employees on the ballot, and several groups are speaking out.

Joplin starts demolition phase of tornado cleanup

Officials in Joplin and Duquesne signed off on FEMA's debris removal efforts, and now damaged houses can be demolished and cleaned up.

MU wins $1.1 million grant for nuclear research

MU received one of 31 grants awarded to colleges and universities nationwide by the U.S. Department of Energy. MU is working to increase the safety of the next generation of power plants.