Senators pass bill to let kids rejoin foster care

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) – Children leaving the foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill passed by the Missouri Senate. Current law allows children to remain in the foster care system until they are 21, but prevents re-entry if they leave after turning 18…. Read more »

Law gives tribes new authority over non-Indians

By FELICIA FONSECA (FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., AP) – American Indian tribes have tried everything from banishment to charging criminal acts as civil offenses to deal with non-Indians who commit crimes on reservations. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1978 that tribal courts lack criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians, tribes have had to get creative in… Read more »

Concert tickets on sale for Mo. State Fair

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced that tickets go on sale March 5 for the August Pepsi Grandstand concert series. Headliners include Chris Cagle, Gary Allan, The Oak Ridge Boys and Toby Keith. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 1-800-796-6776. “I am proud to have a strong country lineup,” Wolfe… Read more »

Mo. lawsuit filed over concealed weapon permit

By CHRIS BLANK (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) – A lawsuit challenging a new system that makes a digital record of driver’s license applicants’ birth certificates and other documents has the backing of Missouri’s lieutenant governor, who said the case raises “serious privacy concerns” particularly for residents seeking concealed weapons permits. Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder… Read more »

Manslaughter counts, trial delay for FAMU case

By KYLE HIGHTOWER (ORLANDO, Fla., AP) – Defendants in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major have been given the stiffer charge of manslaughter by the new prosecutor and a longer wait until their case goes to trial. Recently sworn-in State Attorney Jeff Ashton added the second-degree felony count Monday for each of… Read more »

A glimpse of India’s Golden Triangle

By SANDY IRLE (digitalBURG) – Three weeks in India is just enough time to get a snapshot of life there. New Delhi is an amazing city full of contradictions. The pollution is horrific, colors are spectacular, traffic is overwhelming and people friendly. Your senses are so bombarded that it can seem taxing just to get to… Read more »

Local woman injured in traffic accident

A Clinton woman is in serious condition after totaling her car in a wreck Sunday morning. Amy Hastings, 39, was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence after she drove off the road and hit a telephone pole, a fence and a tree, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. Hastings was… Read more »

UCM track & field rankings revealed

(NEW ORLEANS, La.) – The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships are near and the Central Missouri track & field teams earned spots in the top 25 of the USTFCCCA National Computer Rankings. The Jennies will enter the NCAA Championships as the 10th-ranked team in the country, while the Mules will compete as the No…. Read more »