• Missouri, Kansas rallies against Trump draw thousands Posted on 21 January 2017 at 8:44pm

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — Thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Missouri's two biggest cities and Kansas' capital city in disapproval of Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president.

    Packing a park across from Kansas City's landmark Union Station, the throng Saturday was urged by organizers to be vigilant about the new Trump administration's policies and not let their activism wane.

  • Missouri college to appeal ruling over student drug testing Posted on 21 January 2017 at 8:37pm

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — A central Missouri technical college plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the school's mandatory drug testing policy that federal appeals courts have deemed unconstitutional.

    An attorney for State Technical College of Missouri says the school's governing board on Friday signed off on asking the nation's high court to intervene.

  • Greitens pushing school choice for special needs students Posted on 21 January 2017 at 8:32pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is making a school choice measure called education savings accounts a priority this legislative session.

    The accounts, which transfer state dollars to parents through a bank account, can be used for educational costs including private school tuition, textbooks, online classes and therapy. Greitens' proposal is that parents of special needs students have access to the accounts.

  • Possible health insurance changes cause uncertainty Posted on 21 January 2017 at 6:02pm

    COLUMBIA — Counselors helped Columbia residents sign up for health care insurance Saturday, amid rising concern over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

    Every Saturday for the month of January, trained counselors from four local agencies met at the Columbia Public Library to help people choose the health insurance plan that's right for them, and assist them with enrollment on healthcare.gov

  • Stephens College celebrates women empowerment through art Posted on 21 January 2017 at 4:54pm

    COLUMBIA — Stephens College hosted its first "Fallopian Fest" Saturday. 

    Stephens College student and one of the directors of the festival Lauren Douglas said the main focus of the event is to merge art and feminism and give women artists the chance for their voices to be heard. 

  • Local author speaks about mindfulness when making food choices Posted on 21 January 2017 at 12:51pm

    COLUMBIA — "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution" author, Dr. Lynn Rossy, spoke at the Boone County Historical Museum Saturday.

    The book is based on the concepts Rossy developed in the 'eat for life' program which is a ten week mind-based eating program developed at MU.

  • Man accused of Kansas City fatal shooting Posted on 21 January 2017 at 12:19pm

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man in connection with a shooting death last summer in Kansas City, Kansas.

    The Kansas City Star reported 34-year-old Maurice Wayne Hall was charged Friday in Wyandotte County with one count of first-degree murder. He was arrested Wednesday.

  • St. Louis murder suspect allegedly killed 3 others in 1973 Posted on 21 January 2017 at 12:16pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police and court records said a man accused of fatally shooting a St. Louis apartment complex's assistant manager killed three in-laws in that city more than four decades ago.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 78-year-old Torrance Epps was charged Friday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, assault and felony gun felony charges related to the previous day's killing of Tiandra Johnson.

  • Woman admits embezzling $380K on job Posted on 21 January 2017 at 12:10pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwestern Missouri woman faces up to 23 years in federal prison after admitting in court that she embezzled more than $380,000 from her former employer.

    Forty-seven-year-old Regina Allison of El Dorado Springs pleaded guilty Friday in Springfield to single counts of mail fraud and filing a false tax return. Allison waived her right to a grand jury.

  • Man sentenced to 20 years for killing two people Posted on 21 January 2017 at 11:31am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has been ordered to spend two decades in prison after admitting in court that he fatally shot his girlfriend and a groundskeeper in 2014 near St. Louis.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 39-year-old Adrian Houston of University City pleaded guilty Friday to two reduced second-degree murder counts. He also pleaded guilty to counts of armed criminal action, burglary and domestic assault.