Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban
Posted on 17 July 2018 at 5:30am
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said.
That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared willing to participate in discussions with the Taliban if those talks also involve the Afghan government. The U.S. officials said Monday that Afghan-to-Afghan negotiation remains the goal of any engagement with the militants.
US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent
Posted on 17 July 2018 at 5:14am
WASHINGTON (AP) - A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday.
The announcement of the arrest of Maria Butina came just hours after President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and just days after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officials with directing a sprawling hacking effort aimed at swaying the 2016 election.
Columbia residents could pay more in property tax and sewer utility rates
Posted on 16 July 2018 at 8:46pm
COLUMBIA – City council approved two public hearings in August to discuss possible increases to the property tax and sewer rates.
The public hearing on the property tax rate will be on August 6 at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall, and the one regarding the increase in sewer utility rate will be on August 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the same location.
Greitens' campaign spent $610K on legal fees in final months
Posted on 16 July 2018 at 8:03pm
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees in his final months in office before he resigned amid scandals.
Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Greitens' campaign spent about $610,000 for legal help between April and the end of June.
House passes bill to rename Columbia post office in memory of fallen soldier
Posted on 16 July 2018 at 7:51pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the Columbia post office located on Walnut Street after fallen soldier Spc. Sterling William Wyatt.
Wyatt was born and raised in Columbia and graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2009. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 20th Infantry Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. On July 11, 2012, 21-year-old Wyatt was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Sens. Blunt, McCaskill back finding of Russian interference
Posted on 16 July 2018 at 6:10pm
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are standing by the intelligence community's conclusion that the Russians interfered in the 2016 elections after President Donald Trump questioned that.
Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in a Monday statement said there's "no doubt" Russia tried to interfere in the elections. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Trump's comments "fly in the face of the consensus of the intelligence community." She says Trump's actions will "embolden the enemies of our country and erode the support of our allies."
Group: Proposed constitutional amendment to be on November ballot
Posted on 16 July 2018 at 4:19pm
KANSAS CITY - A group responsible for ballot petition advocating major reform in Jefferson City said they are almost positive the petition will end up on the November ballot.
According to Benjamin Singer, a spokesman for Clean Missouri, the proposed constructional amendment targeting lobbyists, campaign finance and open records tallied more than 350,000 signatures, surpassing the required amount.
Ongoing split between East Campus groups could be resolved Monday
Posted on 16 July 2018 at 3:10pm
COLUMBIA - A dialogue that began in October 2017 among the East Campus community could finally have an answer Monday.
City council members are scheduled to make a decision on whether the East Campus Traditional Neighborhood Association (ECTNA) should be able to split from the East Campus Neighborhood Association (ECNA).
Adidas joins the fight against plastic
Posted on 16 July 2018 at 2:18pm
(CNN Money) -- Adidas is racing to make its products more sustainable.
The global sportswear maker said Monday that it has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024.
FDA joins 22 countries' recall of common heart drug
Posted on 16 July 2018 at 2:05pm
(CNN) -- A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, a week after 22 other countries recalled it because the drug contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk.
Valsartan is off patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines, but not all medicines containing the ingredient are involved, according to the FDA. The US recall includes the the versions of valsartan that are made by Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. as well as valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) sold by Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.