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WORLD BRIEFLY: Venezuelan President Chavez dies, the Dow hits record, Martha Stewart testifies

Top stories from The Associated Press include news on the death of the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, the Dow surging to a new record, Martha Stewart's day in court, and directional changes for China's government.

Dow hits record, erasing Great Recession losses

The Dow Jones industrial average reached a new high Tuesday at 14,253.77. The highest since hitting a low of 6,547.05 in 2009. 

Jobless rate in Missouri falls to 6.5 percent in January

Report from the Department of Economic Development Tuesday, says that trade, transportation and utilities sector the had largest decline with a drop of 2,700 positions.

Missouri Senate votes to place limits on new airplane purchases

The bill would require legislative approval for any future motor vehicle, boat or aircraft purchases of more than $150,000.

Attorney plans to sue over Missouri River flooding

Attorney Ed Murphy noted the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in December that the federal government is not automatically exempt from paying for damage caused by temporary flooding from its dams.

Parking fees might rise at Lambert

The St. Louis Airport Commission on Wednesday is expected to double the minimum price to park at Lambert's two primary garages.

Missouri court hears challenge to school transfer law

The decision could have implications for thousands of families — not only in St. Louis, but also in Kansas City and any other district that loses state accreditation.

Nonprofit animal shelters protest licensing fees that regulate dog breeding

Attorney David Cosgrove argued Tuesday in the Supreme Court that lawmakers violated the state constitution by including the animal shelter fee in a 2010 bill.

Winter hangs on with Upper Midwest snowstorm

Wet snow pelted commuters as they slid along the slick streets of downtown Chicago. Snow was forecast for both the morning and afternoon rush hours.

UMKC nursing school gets a new name

Dean Lora Lacey-Haun said the school she leads has expanded beyond nursing.

Missouri GOP leaders oppose Medicaid growth 'sunset'

Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer is opposing that option and said if the program expires after three years it would already have added money to the federal debt.

As conclave begins, Vatican still awaits 5 cardinals

The Vatican insisted nothing was amiss and that the five cardinals would be present in the coming days.

'Fast Eddie' pleads guilty to theft in London

Edward J. Maher, 57, was arrested in rural Missouri last year on immigration charges and deported.

George Tiller's assassination coverage frustrated directors, led to 'After Tiller'

The lack of substantive media coverage of abortion after the murder of George Tiller compelled directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson to make the documentary 'After Tiller', shown at True/False Film Fest. The pair spoke on a panel at MU on Monday.

Parsons Brinckerhoff hired to design new airport terminal

The Columbia City Council approved a resolution to hire a consultant to look into building a new airport terminal. Mayor Bob McDavid said a consultant is needed because the city is not sure of the cost of a new terminal.

Missouri men's basketball team braces for unique night

Tuesday night's game against Arkansas will be the Tigers' last regular season home game and an opportunity to go undefeated at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers will also see former Missouri coach Mike Anderson's return to Mizzou Arena for the first time since leaving to coach the Razorbacks.

Eva Jo Sapp named winner of Lang Volunteer Award

The fifth annual Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for outstanding volunteer service to Columbia will be given to Eva Jo Sapp's husband and other family members at a ceremony before the City Council meeting April 1.

Recent snow leaves car wash employees washing hundreds of cars

Washing 100 or more cars, by hand, every week at the Joe Machens Automotive Group is all in a day's work for the dealership's car preppers and detailers.

UPDATE: Dean of MU Graduate School George Justice resigns

George Justice will accept a position as dean of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

City of Columbia names Nancy Thompson as city attorney

Nancy Thompson will take over for Fred Boeckmann on April 8 as Columbia's city attorney.

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