WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: UN gives Palestinians observer state status

Many Palestinians are celebrating after the United Nations voted to give Palestine nonmember observer state status.

Study contends Grand Canyon as old as dinosaur era

A new study pegs the age of the Grand Canyon at 70 million years, much higher than most other estimates. Some scientists, though, aren't convinced by the latest data.

Polar ice sheets melting faster than before, study says

A new study says polar ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland are melting three times faster than they did in the 1990s, raising concern among scientists about rising sea levels.

Drought threatens to close Mississippi River to barges, grain shippers

Low water levels caused by drought could temporarily close Mississippi River waterways, leaving companies that ship goods searching for transportation alternatives.

White House 'fiscal cliff' offer gets Republican cold shoulder

With automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to be triggered at the end of the year, partisan maneuvering continues to dominate talks in avoiding the impending "fiscal cliff."

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon backs Medicaid expansion

Gov. Jay Nixon said the Medicaid expansion could provide health care coverage to an additional 300,000 state residents.

One of two winning Powerball tickets sold in Kansas City

Powerball officials said early Thursday morning that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $579.9 million jackpot.

Twinkies maker Hostess has plenty of suitors

The update on the sale of the company's brands comes as Hostess seeks approval in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, N.Y., to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million.

Hostess to seek approval for executive bonuses

The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos said the incentive pay is needed to retain the 19 managers during the liquidation process.

Missouri senator to file business tax cut

The bill eventually would cut the corporate income tax rate in half and create a 50 percent tax deduction for business income.

Rep. Graves to continue as small business chairman

His new term as committee chairman was ratified Wednesday by House Republicans.

A look at Medicaid eligibility in Missouri

Read about Missouri's current income eligibility thresholds for Medicaid based on the federal poverty level, and how they would change if the Legislature agrees with Nixon's request to expand eligibility.

Some Columbia intersections still dangerous for cyclers despite improvement projects

Despite $27.9 million in federal grants intended to improve bicycle and pedestrian accessibility in the city, several intersections in Columbia continue to pose a risk to pedestrians and cyclists.


Columbia College men's basketball player has illustrious past

Derrick Dilworth was responsible for what some call one of the greatest high school football plays in the state. Now, he is trying to help the Columbia College men's basketball team find glory.

Economic impacts of Medicaid expansion could create tax surplus

According to a new study by the MU School of Medicine, complying with the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid might create enough jobs and subsequent spending to pay for itself through taxes.

Title IX gives universities greater latitude to punish students accused of sexual assault

Although the Boone County Prosecutor's office decided not to charge Missouri basketball player Michael Dixon Jr. the university plays by a different rule book when sexual assault accusations are made.

VIDEO: PedNet coordinator cycles on Providence, demonstrates proper etiquette

PetNet's Safe Routes to School coordinator Lawrence Simonson demonstrates cycling safety on a trip down Providence Road.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lutheran Family and Children's Services raises money at Holiday Tea

The Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri hosted a Holiday Tea Wednesday as part of  its 16th Annual Festival of Trees.

Missouri women's basketball team returns from Cancun with confidence

The Missouri women's basketball team lost two of its three games in the Cancun Challenge, but the Tigers return with more experience as they prepare for the Southeastern Conference.

Suspect wanted for home robbery

Police ask for help in locating suspect.