As state attorney general, Chris Koster is sometimes referred to as Missouri's top prosecutor. But the nationally publicized case of an alleged teenage sexual assault has highlighted that Missouri's attorney general has only limited prosecutorial powers.
Some top Republicans called on the Democratic attorney general to intervene after media reports that the Nodaway County prosecutor had dropped charges of sexual assault and exploiting a minor against two 17-year-old boys accused of harming a younger girl.
Missouri's judges could be due a multi-million-dollar pay increase if their counterparts in the federal government win a court case seeking a retroactive pay hike.
The potential pay increase could affect more than 400 judges in Missouri. It even could lead to pay increases for dozens of full-time local prosecutors.
That's because a 2010 decision by a Missouri salary commission links the pay of Missouri judges to that of federal judges. And a separate Missouri law links the salaries of full-time prosecutors to those of associate circuit judges.
The University of Missouri has been in the Southeastern Conference for more than a year now. The changes for the athletic department have been clear, but academic impact has been harder to measure. There is one SEC agreement that MU students could benefit from if they knew more about it.
Federal prosecutors have announced a broader crackdown on central Missouri businesses that allegedly sold synthetic marijuana.
The U.S. attorney's office said Friday that four businesses and nine people were indicted earlier this month on charges of conspiring to distribute products that often are labeled as "incense" but actually are intended to be used as a marijuana equivalent.
The indictments were not announced until Friday because of the previous partial federal government shutdown.
New York development firm Park 7 Group is considering a 24-story, luxury housing complex in downtown Columbia. The building – which would surpass the city’s next tallest by nine stories – would include several hundred units targeted toward students and young professionals.
The property’s location at the corner of Elm and 6th streets is classified as C-2 zoning. Bengal’s Bar & Grill operates there right now.
The novel Eighty Days dives into competing journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s pursuit to break the record for fastest journey around the world in 1889. Author Matthew Goodman creates a narrative history on the 28,000 mile quest that got the attention of the nation. KBIA’s Tony Nochim sat down with Matthew Goodman while he was in Columbia.