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MULTIMEDIA: Columbia family farm educates community about bees

Walk-About Acres is a family farm that has 80 beehives around Boone County and seeks to educate people about the importance and usefulness of bees.

Missouri House OKs teacher layoff policy, evaluations based on performance

The bill passed through the House would no longer allow schools to use the "last in, first out" policy of firing teachers based on seniority or tenure. The measure lists requirements of what districts should use when considering layoffs.

UPDATE: Missouri Senate opts for highway study over toll roads

After the failure of the toll road proposal for Interstate 70, the Senate proposed creating a committee to study the state's needs. The committee would hold hearings after the session and report to the legislature on Jan. 1.

Missouri Senate opts for highway study instead of I-70 toll road

Interstate 70 will not be a toll road, at least for now. The Missouri Senate voted to set up a special committee to study the state's transportation infrastructure needs.

Police continue investigation after woman covered in blood was found last week

The 34-year-old woman was found April 26th and taken to a local hospital, but police have not been able to get a statement from her.

Columbia Public Works crews to stripe lanes next week

Public Works crews will be marking lane stripes on city streets, including Nifong Boulevard, Worley Street, Vandiver Drive and Old 63, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to next Thursday.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ballot initiatives give Missouri residents power over payday lenders

Payday lenders have long used predatory attempts to not only take advantage of Missourians, but to thwart the democratic process as well.

Four people in custody after meth lab investigation

The Columbia Police Department took four people into custody after an incident at a suspected methamphetamine lab in Holly Park Mobile Home Village on Thursday.

John 'Jerry' Albert Epple Jr. lived with curiosity for life and passion for family

Chamber of Commerce committee hears enhanced enterprise zone presentations

A citizens group against the enterprise zone program declined to present its views to the chamber's Government Affairs Committee.

Columbia College begins work on new science building

The 53,000-square-foot building will hold the biology, chemistry, forensic science, environmental science and nursing programs. It will have an auditorium, five general laboratories, eight advanced laboratories, five classrooms and 18 faculty offices.

Historical documents placed on display as part of MU Libraries' 150th anniversary with FDLP

Around 20 specially selected U.S. government documents and books from the 19th and early 20th centuries are on display as part of an event at Ellis Library.

John Epple, December 25, 1926 — April 25, 2012, of Columbia

John (Jerry) Albert Epple, Jr. passed from this earthly life on May 1, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.

Bedard, Pirates set team mark with 17 strikeouts against Cards

Erik Bedard struck out a season-high 11, including a team-record seven in a row, and the Pittsburgh Pirates set a club mark by fanning 17 batters Thursday in a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

Missouri senator tries to block prescription database

A state senator and family physician vowed Thursday to block a bill that would authorize a government database to track drug prescriptions. So far, 48 other states have authorized the use of the database.

Royals beat Yankees 4-3 after Rivera hurts knee

Mike Moustakas matched a career high with three RBIs and made a defensive gem in the ninth, helping the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the New York Yankees, who were anxiously awaiting news on injured closer Mariano Rivera.

Missouri budget talks on hold over veterans' home money

The budget plan for next year assumes that veterans' homes will receive a new funding stream to replace general revenues.

Munch's 'The Scream' brings $119.9M at New York City auction

The piece broke the previous record for a Picasso painting sold at $106.5 million. "The Scream" is one of the most recognized pieces of artwork after the "Mona Lisa."

Big 12 hires Stanford athletics director as commissioner

Bob Bowlsby will take over for interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas — who replaced the ousted Dan Beebe in September — on June 15 after six years as Stanford's athletics director.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU seniors participate in Senior Send Off

MU seniors participated in Senior Send Off on Thursday in Francis Quadrangle. The event symbolizes their exit from the university and entrance into the next step of their lives.

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