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Ryan Ferguson hearing
6:03 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Ferguson's evidentiary hearing starts

Ryan Ferguson's evidentiary hearing began today in Jefferson City.

Ferguson's attorney is attempting to disprove the evidence used to convict Ferguson of murder in 2005. That confession includes the confession of Charles Erickson who implicated himself, and Ferguson in the murder.

Interrogation expert Joseph Buckley testified Monday that police interviews of Erickson were below standard. Buckley said it was hard to tell if Erickson's words were his own, or were suggested by the interviewing officers.

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Education
5:34 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Elementary schoolers learning through video game design

Students work on their computers in the video game club at Benton Elementary in Columbia, MO
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

Benton Elementary School revised its curriculum this year to focus more on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM fields. One volunteer is picking apart a favorite pastime among his students, video games, to teach them about all these subjects.

Lucas and Kiren are video game designers based in Columbia. They are currently working on a video game called ‘Alphamon Apple’s Adventure’ which they think is going to turn a few heads.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

State representatives push bills to help seniors

Tax Day can be a tough time for anyone, but it’s especially hard for seniors facing rising personal property taxes on a fixed income. That’s according to some local lawmakers who are asking the state to give seniors a break.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Reps. Carnahan, Clay both report more than $400K

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Congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay are on similar financial footing heading into a Democratic primary in St. Louis.

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Business
3:07 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Council to discuss Westwood Avenue trees issue

The Columbia City Council will review the removal of trees on Westwood Avenue tonight.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon raises $1.7M to start 2012

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon raised $1.7 million this past quarter, helping build a campaign account of more than $6 million for his re-election bid.

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Arts and Culture
8:55 am
Mon April 16, 2012

High school artists star in Perlow-Stevens exhibit

Generation Next is an unusual exhibit at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery in downtown Columbia.  All pieces are coming from local high school artists.

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Very low voter turnout for Mo. GOP caucuses

Fighting between legislators and Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon marred the GOP caucuses.
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Less than one-half of 1 percent of Missouri's registered voters participated in the Republican caucuses that served as the first step in the presidential selection process.

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Crime
8:27 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Hearing to review new Ferguson murder trial evidence

A Columbia man convicted nearly seven years ago for killing a newspaper sports editor in 2001 returns to court Monday in his latest bid for a new trial.

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Off the Clock
6:10 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Lunafest travels to Columbia

Every Mother Counts: Obstetric Fistula
Photo courtesy of Lunafest

This week's show highlights a film festival by for and about women. Andlater in the show: an audio essay from a woman who gives a unique perspective to  kissing and being kissed.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Supporters of USPS rally in Columbia

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About 20 supporters of the post office rallied in downtown Columbia Thursday.  Gathering outside Senator Claire McCaskill's office, supporters held banners and flyers opposing Senate bill 1789, which would cut funding to the U.S. Postal Service. They say a cut from 6 days to 5 days in service will slow down many deliveries. Eale Breedlove, a 30 year veteran of the postal service, says it could also put many veterans out of a job.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Bigger reservoirs would not have prevented river flooding

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 A report released today by the Army Corps of Engineers says that having more free space in reservoirs along the Missouri River would not have eliminated last year’s record floods.

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CoMo Weekender
5:24 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

The CoMo Weekender: Feelin’ Lucky Edition ft. Art Films, Shop Hopping and Kite Flying

A film still from Chelsea Turner's animated documentary, “Fraidy Cat."
Chelsea Turner

Sure, today's Friday the 13th, and Tax Day is next week. Who cares? Not this girl. The weekend starts today, and that’s reason enough to feel lucky. Watch a film. Shop downtown. Pick up a free tree. Here’s a list of events to ward off bad luck, or at least boredom. 

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Education
5:22 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

MU students remembered today by university, families and friends

Flags at MU are at half-staff today in memory of students who passed away during the past year.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

St. Louis lawyer joins former Governor Wilson in guilty plea

Fmr Gov. Roger Wilson

A St. Louis attorney pleaded guilty to misusing money from an insurance company to funnel contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party.

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