Campuswide forum discusses progress of MU's strategic plan

A panel of MU faculty and staff members met Thursday to discuss the progress of the strategic plan, which is meant to enact and oversee improvement to the university.

Boone County court gets a new phone for translations

Boone County's court system has just one in-house interpreter, who speaks Spanish. For other languages, the courts use a phone translation service.

FROM READERS: Early peony season

John Hall shares photos of his peony garden, which bloomed early this year.

Rock Bridge boys tennis team's home win streak reaches 70

With Thursday’s 9-0 victory against Glendale, the Bruins bettered their previous record from 2006, when Rock Bridge had a home winning streak of 66 matches.

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: More firings likely at Secret Service, U.S. says diplomacy first in Syria

Top lawmaker says investigation into Secret Service prostitution scandal will yield more firings, Defense Secretary says diplomacy remains first option in Syria, Afghan president condemns US troops photos and the Murdochs face UK ethics inquiry.

Missouri House moves to prevent federal health care overhaul

The Missouri House passed a measure making it more likely that Missouri, the first state to challenge the federal health care requirement, will block its implementation.

Missouri congressman proposes Mark Twain coin

Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer proposed a bill that calls for limited editions of $1 and $5 commemorative gold coins honoring Mark Twain. 

FROM READERS: Movement calls for action against modern-day injustices

Freedom Movement at Mizzou is part of a nationwide campus campaign calling for action against the injustice of modern-day slavery, particularly, human trafficking. The movement’s purpose and hope is to raise awareness among college students about the realities of modern-day slavery and impassion them to join the fight.

More firings likely at US Secret Service over prostitution scandal

The Secret Service is moving quickly to quell the scandal that erupted late last week, when at least some of 11 agency employees implicated in the incident brought prostitutes back to their hotel in Cartagena, Colombia.

Afghan leader condemns U.S. troop photos with bloodied suicide bombers

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the photos printed in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, saying a quicker exit of international forces can prevent such missteps.

States asked to apply for unemployment insurance test plan

A number of states are combining unemployment benefits with on-the-job training, including North Carolina, New Hampshire, Utah and Missouri.

Ten Southeast Missouri State football players investigated for hazing

The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's office declined to press charges, but the university says its Office of Student Conduct is reviewing the incident because hazing is prohibited.

Diplomacy remains foremost option for U.S. against Syria

The steps the United States is taking to pressure the regime of President Bashar Assad include sanctions, direct non-lethal support to the opposition such as communications equipment and emergency humanitarian assistance of $25 million.

Murdochs to appear at UK media ethics inquiry

Rupert Murdoch and his son James, who have been at the hub of the long-running phone hacking scandal, will testify to Britain's media ethics inquiry next week.

School concert will honor Columbia teacher and musician of 30 years

Columbia Public School's 5th Grade Honors Choir is dedicating a concert to founder Susan Altomari. As an educator and music specialist, she has touched many people, her colleagues have said.

Missouri lawmakers back lotto ticket for veterans' homes

A proposed constitutional amendment would allow a new, electronic pull-tab game to help fund veterans' homes.

Dick Clark's fortune estimated in 'hundreds of millions'

Clark, who died of a heart attack Wednesday, was the workaholic head of a publicly traded company, a restaurateur, a concert promoter and real estate investor.