Kahler sentenced to death in quadruple slaying

James Kraig Kahler, who was convicted last week of capital murder in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, their two teenage daughters and his wife's grandmother, looks into the spectators gallery in Osage County District Court in Lyndon, Kan., during a break in his sentencing hearing Monday.

Karen Kahler's family said the sentence doesn't dispel the dark cloud that hangs over them.

Ticket sales for MU events provide big boost for Columbia's economy

A study done by MU's business school shows that ticketed events — including Tiger athletic events, state high school athletic competitions, concerts and shows — brought more than $118 million of revenue to the city in fiscal year 2010.

PHOTO GALLERY: East Coast struggles with damage after Irene

Strong winds and heavy rains have resulted in flooding rivers, fallen trees and impassable infrastructure across the eastern seaboard in the wake of Tropical StormIrene.

Missouri football opener will have new-look offensive line

An injury to center Travis Ruth has shook up the Tigers' offensive line, and Jayson Palmgren will be playing center in a game for the first time.

Grasslands residents seek traffic relief

Traffic congestion at the intersection of Providence and Burnam roads creates problems for residents of the Grasslands neighborhood.

Guns, drugs seized from smoke shop owner's home

The Boone County Sheriff's Department found illegal drugs, firearms and several hundred thousand dollars at the home of the owner of the BoCoMo Bay smoke shop, a detective said. Kevin Bay had an outstanding warrant in Stoddard County, according to the department.

Synthetic marijuana, 'bath salts' now illegal in Missouri

The law, designed to lessen synthetic drug use, makes possession of any amount of "bath salts" or more than 35 grams of synthetic marijuana a Class C felony.

MORE COVERAGE: Photos, stories from East Coast after Tropical Storm Irene

Tropical Storm Irene has killed 37 people in 11 states as of Monday and left millions of people on the East Coast struggling with its aftermath.  Here are links to online coverage of the storm.

Columbia's sustainability office seeks grant to help low-income areas

The $500,000 HUD grant would provide funding for the city to explore various issues in low-income areas. The Office of Sustainability's proposal will be finalized in the next few weeks.

Bethel-Nifong rezoning request worries nearby residents

A request to rezone vacant land at the corner of Bethel Road and Nifong Boulevard has resulted in a petition signed by 148 nearby residents, but that isn't stopping the city from moving forward with the rezoning.

Classes begin off-campus for Tolton Trailblazers

With prayer, congratulations and wild knee socks, school is finally in session for students at Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School. Classes will be held at Columbia College until the school's new building opens in a few weeks.

FEMA diverts some Joplin money to East Coast

The move is raising concern of Sen. Claire McCaskill.

FEMA funding still possible for Columbia high schools

Columbia Public Schools might still be in line to get FEMA money to outfit new gymnasiums at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools as safe rooms during emergencies.

Ameren crews aiding Irene victims

St. Louis-area workers are helping restore power in areas hit by the storm. The company says the workers could be gone up to three weeks.

Hurricane Irene's death toll jumps to 37

Power outages and massive flooding continue to disrupt life on the East Coast. But despite these concerns, early estimates suggest a much smaller impact than Hurricane Katrina, which rocked the Gulf area in 2005 and caused more than $100 billion in damage.

Dogs from puppy mills now available through Humane Society

The Humane Society's Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued the dogs in recent raids around the state. 

Hickman softball team hopes experience leads to wins

Coach Courtney Haskell's club returns all of their key starters from last season's 13-15 team.


PHOTO GALLERY: Kahler sentenced to death

A Kansas jury decided that James Kraig Kahler should be sentenced to death after he was found guilty of murder in the deaths of his estranged wife, her mother and his two teenage daughters.

J. KARL MILLER: Like the 'Puppy Mill' legislation, voter intiatives may not serve the public well

The intentions of the “Your Vote Counts” petition, which would demand a three-quarters vote of the legislature to set aside or amend ballot initiatives, should be questioned.


Man says he was robbed at gunpoint in East Campus

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred early Monday morning.