Since 1999, the Islamic American Relief Agency has been the object of U.S. government scrutiny. The group has consistently maintained that its activities are strictly related to its mission as a relief agency. According to a profile in GuideStar, a national database of nonprofit organizations, the relief agency — which changed its name from the Islamic African Relief Agency in 1997 — provides funds for relief and development in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States.
Democrat Chuck Graham begins almost every conversation with a countdown to Election Day.
“Thirty-nine more days,” he said recently, with a trace of anxiety.
Across age groups, communities and genders, the No. 1 issue surfacing among voters in the 19th District state Senate race is health care.
At the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival last weekend, as kids lined up for face painting, patrons indulged in funnel cakes and apple pie and families searched for the perfect pumpkin, some mid-Missourians talked about the issues important to them in the Senate election.
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — As Muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan, a period in which they are supposed to donate to charity, many are finding themselves torn between their faith and their fear of being accused of terrorist ties.
Over the past three years, federal authorities have raided and shut down four Islamic charities, and many American Muslims say the crackdown has them worried that writing a donation check could bring FBI agents to their doors.
FAYETTE – Soon after he was introduced at a candidate forum in the basement of the Commercial Trust Co. building, state Rep. Wes Shoemyer leapt out of his chair and looked toward the back of the crowd.
“Can everyone hear me fine?” he asked.
U.S. Senate candidates from four political parties converged on MU’s Jesse Hall on Tuesday to debate a range of domestic and foreign issues, including education, Missouri River regulation, health care and the war on terrorism.
Well-publicized contenders Kit Bond, the Republican incumbent, and Nancy Farmer, the Democratic challenger and current Missouri state treasurer, traded barbs. Libertarian nominee Kevin Tull and Constitution Party candidate Don Griffin repeatedly stated their desire to limit the power of the federal government.
Kazem Ahang has lived through civil war in Afghanistan, the bombing of his university and house arrest by the Taliban. Now, the 70-year-old dean of Kabul University’s journalism school is in Columbia to develop an agreement that would include an exchange between his faculty and journalism professors at MU.
Ahang is interested in the “human exchange” for his faculty and students in Kabul. All of his 18 faculty members want to study at MU’s School of Journalism, he said.
As the price of crude oil hit a record high of $54 a barrel on Tuesday, utility representatives said the price to heat with either natural gas or electricity will go up this winter.
Mike Holman, assistant manager of the Missouri Valley Division of AmerenUE, said he expected an increase next month in the purchase price of natural gas, which is what most Columbians use to heat their homes. He blamed the rise on oil prices and forecasts of a colder-than-normal winter.
Students got an interactive lesson in “civic discourse” Tuesday evening at a Speak Your Mind forum at Hickman High School.
Four party representatives spoke to almost 200 students about their parties’ presidential platforms and answered questions from students. David Raithel represented the Democratic Party and Ernie Lee represented the Republican Party. Keith Berkhus from the Green Party and Adam Shahid from the Libertarian Party rounded out the forum.
In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, local elections can be drowned out in the deafening hullabaloo of partisan squabble. But as Nov. 2 approaches, candidates in the 23rd District state representative race are getting ready to make some noise.
The contest pits Democratic incumbent Jeff Harris against Republican challenger Dan Fischbach. As of early October, neither candidate had distributed typical political paraphernalia such as yard signs and stickers, and campaign Web pages remained under construction.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Federal and local law enforcers were searching the Islamic American Relief Agency on Wednesday as part of what the FBI described generically as a criminal investigation.
The search of the Columbia office occurred as the Bush administration accused the Sudan-based Islamic African Relief Agency of helping finance Osama bin Laden and other terrorists.
There was Meggie Smith, a Rock Bridge High School student who plans to be president of the United States in 2028.
“You’ll laugh at me … (but) I’m not kidding,” she said.
They’d been awake for almost 49 hours. Their eyes were glazed over, their bodies were aching, but Michael Jenkins and Mike Hart had dug in for the long haul.
At stake: a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, worth $18,000.
Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign on Monday unveiled a nationwide plan to fight methamphetamine use and production, which has plagued Missouri since at least 2001, when the state became the national leader in labs seized.
The plan, announced by Kerry’s running mate, Sen. John Edwards, in a nationwide conference call with reporters, calls for $30 million per year in additional spending on law enforcement, education, lab clean-up and measures to prevent common methamphetamine ingredients from falling into the hands of potential “cooks.”
At first glance, Lindsey Meglio doesn’t appear unlike the other college volunteers at MU’s annual Homecoming blood drive.
That is, until the 46-foot tractor trailer adorned with her face and four others pulls into the Hearnes Center parking lot. Inside the trailer is an array of high-tech equipment, including a virtual tour and an inside look at Meglio’s life.
West Boulevard Elementary School has received a $525,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Elementary Education, a school official announced.
The grant will fund a mentor program for students at West Boulevard titled “Stand By Me: Sharing the Journey,” said Phyllis Chase, superintendent of Columbia Schools, at a Board of Education meeting Monday night.
Sometimes the good guys do finish first. And that’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago when the young, black, ragtime composer, Reginald Robinson of Chicago won a $500,000 MacArthur “genius award.”
Columbians who attended last June’s ragtime festivities had an opportunity to see and hear Robinson perform. The 31-year-old composer and pianist first heard ragtime at school when he was 13 and began trying to play the syncopated music. He has been devoted to ragtime, to researching, writing and performing it ever since.
As the Nov. 2 general election nears, voters who live in Boone County’s 24th House District are evaluating the issues they want the state government to address.
While many of their concerns mirror the top issues advanced by candidates Travis Ballenger and Ed Robb, the voters also have some extra challenges for prospective legislators to consider.
At Rock Bridge High School, students are trying to create awareness of global issues by shaving a teacher’s head.
In its first year at Rock Bridge, the Global Issues Club is trying to raise $5,000 for organizations fighting the AIDS epidemic.
George Caleb Bingham, the realist painter famous for his portrayals of Missouri frontier life, will be the subject of a lecture series in April by Paul C. Nagel, a former University of Missouri administrator.
The Missouri Folklore Society received a $2,500 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council for the program. “George Caleb Bingham and His Missouri” is a biographical study of the artist’s life, artwork and politics and will feature reproductions of his work from museums in Missouri, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.