Government

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians...

Police & Fire

Bill requires Utah jail death documentation, closes 'in-custody' reporting gap

Death Penalty-2

After dozens of deaths in Utah jails in recent years, a state senator has introduced a bill requiring sheriffs to report all such deaths and present treatment plans for opioid-addicted inmates.


Government

Special counsel files new charge in Russia probe

APTOPIX Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election has charged an attorney with lying to federal investigators about his interactions with a former Trump campaign official, according to court papers made public Tuesday. Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at...


Government

EDITORIAL: Attorney general steps up for workers in harassment arbitration cases

Conservative Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and the #MeToo movement couldn’t be stranger bedfellows, but they have come together to fight against unfair, forced arbitration in sexual harassment cases. Hawley’s position is an unlikely one for a Republican whose party has worked hard to make...


Government

Community policing resolution approved despite lingering criticism

Some Columbia residents weren’t as optimistic as the City Council about a resolution to support community-oriented policing at a council meeting Monday night. The council unanimously voted to pass the resolution, which directs City Manager Mike Matthes to design a community-oriented policing...


Government

C.W. DAWSON: The black community needs to create political change

This year the African-American community has a golden opportunity to greatly affect the local, state and national political composition. We have seen a couple of things that are undeniable. First, it is clear that the current national and state legislatures do not care about the overall plight of...


Government

EDITORIAL: Could the 2018 elections in Kansas and Missouri be hacked?

A committee of U.S. House Democrats released a report Wednesday confirming what many Americans know: Critical voting systems in Kansas, Missouri and 48 other states remain dangerously vulnerable to cyberattack. “Russia targeted voting systems in at least 21 states (in 2016),” the report said. It...


Government

Trust is a two-way street for police dog Raf and his handler

Each week, the Columbia Police Department’s K-9 Unit reports for training day at the Central Missouri Events Center, where open fields and simulated apartments await eager four-legged officers ready for a hard day of work. Raf, an 8-year-old German shepherd, is the veteran of the bunch, although...


Government

Treece calls for independent audit of city finances

Mayor Brian Treece called for a resolution to invite State Auditor Nicole Galloway to review Columbia’s budget at the City Council’s Monday meeting. Brian Treece Brian Treece Treece said it’s possible any potential savings an audit identifies could be funneled toward a community policing program....


Government

Trump Administration Proposes Rule To Loosen Curbs On Short-Term Health Plans

Insurers will again be able to sell short-term health insurance good for up to 12 months under a proposed rule released Tuesday by the Trump administration that could further roil the marketplace. This Kaiser Health News story can be republished for free ( details ). “We want to open up affordable...


State

Trump endorses Romney's Senate bid _ and Romney accepts

Trump Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah’s Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship. The GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace retiring...


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