Trial of last defendant in Hobson homicide set to continue as scheduled

The last of the defendants charged in the robbery and murder of Aaron Hobson will be tried at the end of the month. The defense appears poised to challenge the state's version of what happened that October 2010 night in the Break Time parking lot.

IN HEADLINES TODAY: Missouri spending limit endorsed; Apple selling iPad textbooks

Among today's top stories: The Missouri House endorsed a proposed constitutional spending cap. A new chancellor was chosen for Missouri S&T. Apple starts selling iPad textbooks. Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race.

Two Columbia residents arrested on drug charges

Twelve people were arrested in Moberly and the surrounding area after a 2 1/2-year  investigation.

Apple starts selling interactive iPad textbooks

The electronic textbooks, which include "biology" and "environmental science" from Pearson and "algebra 1" and "chemistry" from McGraw-Hill, contain videos and other interactive elements.

Study finds many teen moms didn't think it could happen

Teen moms participated in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, and the results showed about a third who didn't use birth control did not believe they would become pregnant.

Missouri S&T names first female chancellor

Missouri University of Science and Technology hired its first female chancellor, Cheryl B. Schrader, the school announced Thursday.

UPDATE: Missouri House approves constitutional spending limit

Missouri House members approved a proposed state Constitutional amendment that would cap annual spending increases. If approved by the state Senate, the proposal will be put to a statewide vote before becoming law.

Democrat Baker enters race for Missouri lieutenant governor

Columbia's Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor. Baker served in the state House from 2005 to 2009.

Republican presidential candidate Perry abandoning bid, backing Gingrich

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has felt pressure in recent days to drop out of the race to compel conservative voters to rally behind Newt Gingrich. 

Missouri senator seeks older age limit on tobacco sellers

Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls said store clerks under 18 have a harder time turning down buyers that are minors. 

Nutritionists discuss school lunch program challenges following 'Lunch Line' screening

Ragtag Cinema showed "Lunch Line," a documentary about the National School Lunch Program. In Columbia, 42 percent of children qualify for free or reduced price lunches.

William Woods outlasts Columbia College women's basketball

The Columbia College women's basketball team faded down the stretch, losing to William Woods 69-64 on Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Urban U.S. Chinatowns wane as Asians head to suburbs

Historic Chinatowns across the country are losing many Asian-American citizens to suburbs. The population shifts are in part due to rising living costs and urban gentrification.

Heart patients safe to get frisky, report says

Despite the higher risk for a heart patient to have problems, there's no evidence that they have more sex-related heart attacks than people without cardiac disease.

Joplin leaders to consider tornado recovery plan

The recovery plan was developed by a citizen advisory panel and includes the creation of four new business districts that would allow residents to live and shop nearby.

Hit-and-run incident leaves man with serious leg injury

A hit-and-run occurred early Thursday morning after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle. He suffered a serious leg injury.

Hickman girls basketball wins in Sedalia

The Hickman girls basketball team beat Bishop Ward 63-51 on Thursday night at the Smith Cotton Classic in Sedalia.




COLUMN: An NFL player's last snap "brings the taste of vomit back"

Trey Junkin spent nearly every minute of his 19 years in the NFL trying to be invisible, and might have succeeded, if not for his very last snap.

Thrash metal band Megadeth bassist balances life in seminary program

David Ellefson, bassist of the thrash metal band Megadeth, is a student in the online seminary program operated by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon should do more to improve Missouri

Nixon’s proposed budget for next year reduces expenses by $508 million in ways designed to produce as little uproar as possible, but the state’s colleges and universities absorb a body blow.