A war veteran becomes an aspiring farmer, illustrates a national trend

After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Cody Waters returned to Missouri and bought farmland in Callaway County. He hopes to get into the cattle business and become a full-time farmer. A number of recent war veterans like Waters are returning home to take up farming.

In the past decade, organizations have been established to help make the transition easier for veterans who want to be farmers. It's a logical move: More than 45 percent of the military population comes from rural communities.

Republicans propose bills that could decrease Missouri Conservation Department funding

Four Republican-sponsored bills in the General Assembly threaten about 80 percent of the department's revenue.

Protesters speak out against the payday loan industry

The gathering at the Quik Cash payday loan business Tuesday afternoon called for changes in the industry's practices.

Diocese announces plans for new Catholic preschool in Columbia

Plans include moving some students from Our Lady of Lourdes to a new site and creating a steering committee to consider all education options, including additional schools.

Columbia could tie record-low snowfall for January

The city is well below average snowfall not only for January but also for the winter season.

Student parking now available on University Village site

One hundred and fifty-five parking spots became available at the start of spring semester in the lot where the University Village apartments once stood.

One non-incumbent on April ballot for Columbia School Board seat

Candidate Derek Wade wants to help the district adjust well to growth in schools if he is elected.

Judge rules in favor of Rob Sanders in review of job status

Former Columbia Police Officer Rob Sanders was fired in 2011 after an incident in which he injured a man. Now, a judge has ruled in Sanders' favor. The implications of that ruling remain to be seen.

UPDATE: Minchew drops out of Sixth Ward council race

Randy Minchew decided to pull out of the race after he determined that he and another candidate, Ryan Euliss, have similar political stances.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-graders try out instruments at Lange Middle

Fifth-graders from Columbia Public Schools tried finding the right instrument on Monday at Lange Middle School.

Surgeon general looks for clarity on e-cigarettes

As the government pours millions into research, the surgeon general worries about the many unanswered questions regarding the health impacts.

Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

The Federal Aviation Administration wanted to release proposed rules for small drones by the end of 2014, but it may be two or three more years before regulations become final.

Former Missouri gubernatorial nominee turns to Ferguson

Dave Spence, who lost the 2012 campaign for Missouri governor, is championing a private effort called Ferguson 1000 Jobs.

Report: Federal government failing to protect children

The federal government estimates an average of about 1,650 children have died annually from abuse or neglect in recent years, whether or not they were known to the child welfare system. But many experts believe the accurate number is twice as high.

Texas criminal court halts Wednesday execution of Garcia White

Garcia White's lawyers argued he may have been mentally impaired when he waived his right to an attorney during interrogations.


Missouri House panel endorses limits to unemployment benefits

The bill would increase the amount of money the state must have saved to pay for benefits before reducing how much businesses need to contribute.

Famed civil rights protesters Friendship Nine to have criminal records erased

The Friendship Nine became famous for a sit-in held during the civil rights era. On Wednesday, a prosecutor is expected to ask a judge to strike their arrests and convictions from their criminal records.

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

The Mormon church has shifted its tone on LGBT rights as same-sex marriage has become legal in more states, including Utah. However, church leaders want to ensure that religious objectors' rights are protected, too.

St. Louis to take down homeless tent city near downtown

Human Services director Eddie Roth said officials want to help encampment residentsfind better living conditions.

Missouri bill would shield human trafficking victims' info

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced legislation on Tuesday that would expand the Safe at Home program to cover those victims.