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Robert Partyka

As the Occupy Wall Street movement enters its third week of protests in New York, more and more Missouri residents are getting involved in a sister protest.

By Christian Bryant (Columbia, Mo.)

Economic development in Moberly is taking another hit with the closing of the city’s Scholastic packaging plant.

By Ari Alexander (Columbia, Mo.)

Columbia’s City Council approved plans last Monday night for a slightly larger parking garage downtown. The new structure on Short Street is set to be built with 410 spaces, an increased size from the original design.

By Robert Partyka (Columbia, Mo.)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt met with levee district officials Monday morning from Holt and Atchison counties—two of the hardest-hit areas from Missouri River flooding.

By Kirk Wayman (Maryville, Mo.)

Brunner campaign

The Republican race to challenge Senator Claire McCaskill in 2012 is officially a three-way contest.

By Rachel Lippmann (St. Louis)

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder wants the Missouri Development Finance Board to review the way it approves financing for economic development projects. The  request comes in the wake of the Mamtek fiasco in Moberly.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The defense attorney for former University of Missouri football player Derrick Washington was back in court again Friday for the second time in two weeks.

By Ryan Williams (Columbia, Mo.)

A transit task force is preparing to meet next week to discuss restructuring Columbia’s bus system.

By Alexandra Olgin (Columbia, Mo.)

The full Missouri House will reconvene next week and take up their version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill.

by Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

Missouri governor Jay Nixon reiterated his push Thursday for lawmakers to wrap up their more than three week Special session that’s cost tax payers more than $100,000 dollars.

by Elana Gordon (Kansas City, Mo.)

Ryan Schmidt / KBIA

Postal workers staged a rally outside U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer’s office Tuesday in Columbia, in an attempt to gain support for legislation making its way through the U.S. House.

By Ryan Schmidt (Columbia, Mo.)

Emily Kaiser

Access to transportation, population growth, and rental housing are key topics of discussion that Columbia neighborhood associations are making efforts to address.

By Emily Kaiser (Columbia, Mo.)

The ribbon was cut Tuesday on a $68 million federal courthouse in Jefferson City, named for former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator Kit Bond.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

At its meeting Monday night, Columbia City Council members discussed how to re-approach the redistricting matter after the city staff pulled one of the reapportionment committee’s two final recommendations. City staff says Trial D is not contiguous due to complications with its border along the MKT Trail.

By Elizabeth Miller (Columbia, Mo.)

In the wake of Former Presiding Commissioner Ed Robb’s death on Saturday, Boone County Commissioners Skip Elkin and Karen Miller will rotate on a weekly basis to fill the void he left.

By Matt Norris (Columbia, Mo.)

University of Missouri (MU) Chancellor Brady Deaton held a press conference Thursday to address growing concerns about the stability of the Big 12 Conference.�

By Eric Staszczak (Columbia, Mo.)

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has announced the termination of a Columbia police officer, following an incident in a holding cell. By Rehman Tungekar.

Chris McDaniels

In Columbia, African Americans made up 20 percent of the traffic stops conducted by police, yet they make up only 10 percent of the population.  What’s more, Columbia police officers are three times more likely to try to search the car of a black driver than a white driver.

By Chris McDaniel (Columbia, Mo.)

A Columbia police officer was terminated from employment Wednesday following an incident in one of the department’s holding cells.

By Rehman Tungekar (Columbia, Mo.)

State Auditor Tom Schweich has released two audits Wednesday – one dealing with the merger of the Missouri State Water Patrol with the Highway Patrol, and the other with the now-defunct Tour of Missouri bicycle race.�

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

A Columbia police officer was terminated from employment Wednesday following an incident in one of the department’s holding cells.

By Rehman Tungekar (Columbia, Mo.)

Camille Phillips / KBIA

Columbia’s city council has passed the city’s annual budget for fiscal year 2012. KBIA’s Camille Phillips has this story on the impact.

Members of the Missouri Senate have returned to Jefferson City to begin week two of the special legislative session.�

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The Missouri House Elections Committee passed a bill Thursday that will push back the presidential primary elections.

By Ashley Massow (Jefferson City, Mo.)

Governor Nixon has announced some cuts to the University of Missouri System won’t be renewed next year.

By Adam Smith (Columbia, Mo.)