Storms packing rain, snow and dangerous winds have raked the Midwest, spawning a possible tornado outside of St. Louis that prompted an emergency declaration from Missouri's governor.
To the north icy weather left thousands without power and prompted Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to call out the state National Guard to aid residents as the state braced for another storm system that threatened to dump several inches of wet snow Thursday.
Ryan Ferguson appealed for a pardon from the governor yesterday (Monday). Ferguson was convicted for murder in 2005 for the 2001 death of Kent Heitholt, a Columbia Tribune sports editor. Ryan’s father, Bill Ferguson says this is an unusual case.
Nursing mothers could be excused from jury duty under legislation given initial approval by the Missouri Senate.
A bill endorsed Monday would expand protections in Missouri law that already allow mothers to discreetly breast-feed in public places. The bill adds expressing breast milk to the list of protected activities and prohibits cities from enacting local ordinances restricting breast-feeding mothers. Under the legislation, nursing mothers would be excused from jury duty upon submitting a written note from a doctor.
The grandson of India's late independence leader Mohandas Gandhi will be in Columbia this week to discuss his own work in international relations.
Rajmohan Gandhi is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.
Gandhi is a professor of history and political science at the University of Illinois and a biographer whose subjects include his grandfather. He's also a former member of India's Parliament and remains active in the global humanitarian group Initiatives of Change.