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MU explores alternatives to Columbia Transit

After a communications breakdown with the city, MU has hired outside consultants to explore transportation options for students.

Planned Parenthood in Columbia to resume abortion services

Kansas and Mid-Missouri Planned Parenthood are scheduled to offer abortion services again, beginning in February.

Neighboring apartments on Blue Ridge Road burglarized

Two apartments on Blue Ridge Road were burglarized Monday. That portion of Blue Ridge Road is part of Beat 30, which has had nine reported burglaries in the past 28 days.

Denise A. Twyman, Nov. 2, 1953 — Jan. 23, 2012, of Eldon

Hydrant failure on Business Loop 70

The eastbound lanes of Business Loop 70 and southbound Garth Avenue are closed for the day near the intersection of the two streets due to hydrant failure.

Gun target stickers found on Missouri Capitol office doors

Authorities in Missouri were investigating the discovery Tuesday of small stickers resembling gun targets placed near the office doors of several state lawmakers. The stickers were found outside the offices of at least five Senate Democrats and one House Republican.

Environment and Energy Commission discusses parking garage lighting solutions

Solutions are being implemented for the lighting problems at Fifth and Walnut's parking garage. Photo sensors will be installed on the stairways by Friday and light shields will be tested soon. 

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists tracks drug shortages

With the U.S. in the midst of the worse drug shortage in years, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is keeping track of all the drugs that are in short supply.

UPDATE: Missouri House approves bill requiring review of state regulations

The House, by a vote of 102-57, passed a bill that will ensure that all state laws be reviewed regularly to ensure that they remain both relevant and necessary.

IN HEADLINES TODAY: Tahrir Square anniversary; Obama, Republicans campaign

Among today's top stories: In Egypt, Islamists and secularists occupied Tahrir Square. President Barack Obama and GOP candidates campaigned in Iowa and Florida.

Nike brings non-traditional uniforms to college basketball

Nike unveiled its new "platinum" line Wednesday to be worn by nine powerhouse men's and women's teams for one game each later this season. Nike's gaudy football uniforms worn by the University of Oregon football team drew a lot of attention to the school, and others have followed suit.

Missouri bill would allow quicker intervention in unaccredited schools

The proposed bill comes after Kansas City schools lost state accreditation.

Poachers arrested for threatening rare wild Venus flytrap

Three people were arrested and charged with uprooting an endangered species of Venus flytrap. Wildlife officers issue 10 to 20 citations per year against poachers looking to cash in on the rare plant.

Popular Kansas City Zoo elephant euthanized

Penney, believed to be 51, was estimated to be the oldest elephant in the zoo. She had struggled with arthritis and had stopped eating.

Missouri Democrats speak against discrimination bill

The new version of this bill would require workers to prove there was a "motivating factor" behind an employer's discrimination. Republicans maintain that the bill is based on federal standards.

Denise Twyman, mother of three, was beloved by many

Denise Twyman, resident of Eldon died Monday at age 58.

New federal gardening map reflects warmer low temperatures

An update to planting zone maps indicates that the coldest day of the year isn't as cold as it used to be. Officials are divided about whether this has anything to do with climate change.

School lunches to have more veggies, whole grains

First lady Michelle Obama announced new nutritional guidelines for school lunches Wednesday. The guidelines will limit the total number of calories in an individual meal, and lunches will come with more whole grains and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables.

Missouri House endorses bill on state regulations

Missouri House members endorsed a bill that would require state agencies to review rules and regulations and determine whether a rule is actually necessary.

Missouri leads nation in black homicide rate

According to FBI data released by the Violence Policy Center, Missouri's black homicide rate was seven times higher than the national overall homicide rate in 2009.

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