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Deal restores severance pay for military gays

The American Civil Liberties Union said the $2.4 million settlement covers more than 180 veterans who received only half of their separation pay under a policy that went into effect in 1991, two years before "don't ask, don't tell" became law.

U.S. Supreme Court hears dispute over class actions

The court on Monday questioned efforts by consumers' lawyers to limit the amount of money sought in class-action lawsuits so they are heard in state courts rather than more business-friendly federal court.

Chiefs introduce Andy Reid as new head coach

Andy Reid was introduced on Monday at a packed news conference at Arrowhead Stadium, taking over a once-proud franchise that went 2-14 last season and hasn't won a playoff game since 1993.

Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

It's the first reliable tally of the number of worlds outside the solar system that are the size of Earth, but the hunt for Earth's twin is far from over.

 

Springfield to get new rehabilitation hospital

The Mercy Hospital system says the 63,000-square-foot facility will be located in southeastern Springfield.

Mom goes viral with son's phone code of conduct

Written code of conduct for iPhone use places mommy blogger at the center of the debate over how parents should handle technology in the hands of their teens.

Fewer gun buyers seen in U.S. mass shooting states

People who lived in the two states that saw the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012 were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than those in most other states, according to FBI data.

Report: Death rates from cancer still inching down

Bad diets, lack of physical activity and obesity together wield "incredible forces against this decline in mortality," said Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society.

St. Louis police search for mom of abandoned baby

The child, identified by relatives as 3-month-old Donovan Prom, was found at 5 a.m. Friday at the Hickory Trace apartment complex. The child's mother  left Oklahoma on Wednesday to visit relatives in the St. Louis area but hasn't been heard from since Thursday.

Panel backs Arrow Rock site for recognition

Saline County Historic Preservation Commission has endorsed a nomination for the Arrow Rock Ferry Landing, a privately owned property along the Missouri River.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: MoDOT 2012 projects, progress aid mid-Missouri

The road work Missouri motorists encounter regularly and announced projects might seem unimpressive until grouped in an annual progress report.

Missouri woman sentenced for selling drugs at day care

Keisha McReynolds, 37, will be released on probation if she successfully completes the 120 days of shock time she received at her sentencing Monday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Medicaid expansion, bond issue are key legislative priorities

There are two very substantial economic development proposals on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session that already have at least some bipartisan support and would do more for the economy than any bill in recent memory.

Dismemberment alleged in Misouri homicide

Paul R. Potter, 49, was charged Monday with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Morgan Eye breaks her own school record with three-point shooting

Morgan Eye broke the Southeastern Conference record for most 3-pointers scored in a league game and totaled 33 points, leading Missouri to a 82-76 victory over Auburn.

Mental health issues afflict individuals in LGBTQ community

Halen Boykin-Rudolph, a Westminster University student, and J'Lissabeth Faughn, a former Columbia resident, are two individuals that overcame mental health issues and abuse, respectively, to become comfortable with who they are.

Power lines in Fifth Ward Council race are subject of debate

The three candidates for the open Fifth Ward City Council seat each have different takes on the three designs for new electric transmission lines and a new substation.

 

Early predictions: What to expect in this session of the Missouri General Assembly

A list of key topics for the upcoming Missouri legislative session have emerged, among them Medicaid expansion, tax credit reform, bond issues for transportation and capital improvement projects and medical malpractice caps.

City Council to consider Niedermeyer demolition, EEZ demise, rental occupancy disclosure

A St. Louis development firm wants to purchase the circa 1837 building, considered Columbia’s oldest, and raze it to use the site for 15 stories of apartments. Opposition comes from the Historic Preservation Commission and others.

Electric fire causes $100,000 damage at a shop in southeast Columbia

An electric fire burned down a shop in southeast Columbia on Sunday morning. 

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