Buffett warns investors that safe-looking bonds can be risky

(c) 2018, Bloomberg News. Sometimes the best lessons are worth repeating. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett used his widely read annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders on Saturday to again call out the wasteful fees that many money managers charge. He highlighted the risk of bonds...


Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate

Governors Meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors say the debate over gun control has changed after the Florida school shooting — a shift helped driven by public outrage and student activists. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee puts it this way: “There’s no question we’re in a different environment.” But governors...


Beck to focus on family and farm after nearly 60 years in governance

Ray Beck recalls the time when he was Columbia’s Public Works director and a large storm knocked down several trees across the city. Always a man who liked to be on the front lines, he joined the Street Department in clearing the roads. After working for hours with the street crews, he checked in...


City Council candidates file campaign finance reports

Second Ward City Council candidates Paul Love and Mike Trapp have filed campaign finance reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission that were due 40 days before the April 3 municipal election. Sixth Ward Councilwoman Betsy Peters, who is unopposed for re-election, filed an attest statement to the...


EDITORIAL: Greitens cannot defend himself in court while running the state

Missourians have every reason to be shocked and horrified that their seemingly upstanding governor, a former Navy SEAL, is now under felony criminal indictment. But no one should be surprised. During 13 months in office, Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has blazed a trail of abuse, flaunting of the...


Handling funeral arrangements would be made easier under new bill

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for people who are unavailable to handle post-death arrangements. The bill would allow a next-of-kin to designate someone to handle the arrangements if they are unavailable. The designee must be...


Higher education cuts may receive cushion from CHIP reserves

Excess state funds put aside for the Children’s Health Insurance Program last year could be used to restore some of the state’s higher education budget following additional cuts in Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019, according to a news release from the Missouri House of...


Report: number of hate groups in Missouri has declined

While the number of hate groups in the United States increased by 4 percent last year, the number in Missouri went down from 24 to 18, according to a recently released report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC, founded in 1971, is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in...


Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage

Trump Panama

PANAMA CITY (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s family businesses is battling an effort to physically evict its team of executives from a luxury hotel in Panama where they manage operations, and police have been called to keep the peace, The Associated Press has learned. Witnesses told the AP...


State plans new home for Utah artifacts stored in basement

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s first state flag and an 1843 wedding dress from one of the first female state pioneers are among the more than $100 million in historical artifacts that are stored in the basement of Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande Depot. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the artifacts are...

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