Category: News

Farm Bureau reconsiders Akin support

DAVID A. LIEB,Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Farm Bureau is reconsidering its endorsement of Republican Rep. Todd Akin for U.S. Senate because of comments he made about women being able to thwart pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape,” an organization spokesman said Friday. The move to reconsider an endorsement is unprecedented… Read more »

UCM to host 9-11 observance

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The public is invited to a remembrance ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the 9-11 tragedy. The event is scheduled for noon Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the University of Central Missouri quadrangle. The program is coordinated by the Office of Military and Veteran Services and a faculty member from the… Read more »

UCM signs exchange agreement with university in China

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Students and faculty from the University of Central Missouri have a new educational and research opportunity in China. UCM officials signed an exchange agreement Aug. 22 with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics. The exchange agreement will provide for the exchange of students and faculty between the two universities, fostering joint research… Read more »

UMKC brings together participants in speech cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Plaintiffs, defendants and attorneys in several landmark student free speech cases will be at the University of Missouri-Kansas City law school next month. The symposium Sept. 20-21will feature participants in such cases as Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. That’s the 1969 Supreme Court case that set standards… Read more »

Couple in their 70s jump from fire through window

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri couple, both in their 70s, are recovering after jumping through a window of their home to escape a fire. KFVS-TV ( ) reports that Willie-Jo Davidson and his wife, Shirley, were able to escape the fire that started around 3 a.m. Wednesday in East Prairie. He suffered… Read more »

Rescues as Isaac floods outside New Orleans

CAIN BURDEAU MICHAEL KUNZELMAN NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaac’s whistling winds lashed this city and the storm dumped nearly a foot of rain on its desolate streets, but the system of levee pumps, walls and gates appeared to withstand one of the stiffest challenges yet. To the north and south, though, people had to be… Read more »

Council sets public hearing on tax rates

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The Warrensburg City Council will convene public hearings Thursday to set annual tax rates for its general fund and parks department. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 200 S. Holden. Following the public hearing, the council will have the first and second readings of ordinances approving both… Read more »

Group targets underage drinking

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – An alcohol enforcement team is ramping up party patrols and compliance checks at local businesses in Johnson County. Law enforcement officials activated the Johnson County Alcohol Enforcement Team Monday, according to a news release. The agencies involved are the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office; Warrensburg, Knob Noster and Holden police departments;  the University… Read more »

Ferguson passes nondiscrimination law

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson has become the sixth town in St. Louis County to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual preference. The Ferguson City Council unanimously approved the nondiscrimination protections Tuesday. Councilman Dwayne James says residents need to know that the city is welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Other… Read more »

Reward seeks information in 1965 child abduction

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly five decades after a small girl was kidnapped from the yard of her southeast Missouri home, the family of Elizabeth Gill is hoping new reward money will help uncover the mystery of her disappearance. Elizabeth was not quite 3 when she was taken on June 13, 1965, at the family’s… Read more »