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A 28-year-old Columbia man pleads guilty to attempted sexual misconduct

The Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force has been investigating Shaun Michael Dirkier since December 2012.

KOPN weatherman carves niche in long-range forecasting

Joe Renken relies on specific weather patterns not used in mainstream meteorology to predict future forecasts.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let's find practical ways out of student-loan debt

Columbia represents MU, Stephens and Columbia colleges, one community college and a number of private for-profit institutions. It is time that U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler, R-Mo., take a stand for students and alumni by adding her name as a co-sponsor of H.R 532.

Columbia woman arrested in connection with threatening man with a knife

Sarah Rebekah Curry  has been charged with armed criminal action, domestic assault in the second degree, endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and false imprisonment.

FROM READERS: Missouri's 'Snowpocalypse' a first for California girl and her dog

After a trial by fire — and ice — MU student Megan Monfreda and her dog, Jackson, are better prepared for life in snow.

Finns upset Russian Olympic hockey dreams

In a 3-1 win, Finland beat Russia during the quarterfinals of Olympic men's hockey on Wednesday, denying the Russian team the chance to medal in the Sochi Games.

Canada holds off Latvia in Olympic thriller

Shea Weber scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 6:54 to play, and Canada survived an enormous scare from Latvia to advance to the Olympic men's hockey semifinals with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

Missouri House backs pair of income tax cut plans

Each of the two bills given preliminary approval would create a tax break for business income that's reported on individual tax returns. The provision is intended by supporters to aid small business owners and counter an even more aggressive tax break recently enacted in neighboring Kansas.

UPDATE: Missouri Senate debates longer wait for abortions

Missouri Senate began discussions Wednesday regarding the extension of the waiting period for abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours. Critics of the bill argued a longer waiting time could increase pregnancy risks.

UPDATE: Arrest made in death of 10-year-old found in southwest Missouri

Craig Michael Wood has been jailed on suspicion of the murder of Haily Owens, a 10-year-old girl whose body was found Wednesday in Wood's Springfield home. He has not been charged.

Missouri House panel backs $100 million increase in school aid

Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed $278 million funding for public schools stands little chance. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are supporting instead a $100 million boost.

Missouri House panel recommends $8 for tin foil hats

Missouri Rep. Mike Lair, who is opposed to the proposed education budget, added an amendment to allocate $8 to fund tin foil hats partly for satire but to also make a point.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Olympics and unrest in Ukraine

While most of the world has turned its attention to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, riots and protests continue in other parts of the world with the latest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Russia's snowboard couple medals together in Sochi

Vic Wild, an American native who now competes for Russia, captured the Olympic gold medal in parallel giant slalom about 15 minutes after his wife, Russia's Alena Zavarzina, won the bronze.

Kim wins short program, former MU High School attendee Gracie Gold places fourth

Nerves almost got the best of Yuna Kim in the short program Wednesday night. Then she showed she is still the favorite to win another title.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Jumble of proposals seeks to undo 'the damage of Obamacare'

Some Republicans are no longer trying to repeal Obamacare and instead are proposing ways to deal with its problematic parts.

Missouri bill would give flexibility on executions

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, said legal questions over Missouri's current use of pentobarbital shouldn't be used to block capital punishment in the state.

Missouri officials declined comment on execution drug supply

Director George Lombardi told the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday that he couldn't comment on the state's drug supply. But he did say the state cannot stockpile pentobarbital produced by a compounding pharmacy because of its shelf life.

WEDNESDAY: 5 things to know about the Sochi Olympics

Ted Ligety won the giant slalom at the Sochi Games with a dominating performance Wednesday, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Governor, legislators wrestle priorities over tax cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon announced he will sign a tax cut — a move that he vetoed last year — if state legislators agree to approve tax credits and increased school funding.

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