Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad receive negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor

On Feb. 7, 2019, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board approved a request submitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad seeking an additional 180 days to negotiate an agreement to railbank 144 miles of the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad corridor stretching from Windsor to Beaufort, Missouri.

First Baptist Church of Bourbon welcomes new pastor and family

    First Baptist Church of Bourbon is pleased to announce Brother John Parker is their new pastor.
    John and Joyce Parker have been serving the Lord together since the day they met at Missouri Baptist University. Brother John received a Bachelors degree focused on Biblical Counseling. Joyce received her degree in Religion/Theology.

Lawmakers trying again to require more parental notification for abortions

BY KYRA HAAS, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — When Rep. Rocky Miller’s daughter was 15, she told him she was pregnant.
It was a difficult conversation, Miller, R-Lake Ozark, said during a House Children and Families Committee hearing on February 4. But he believes it was important because they were able to have a discussion, as they would on any major issue.

Missouri students could soon get a lesson on cyber etiquette

BY KATHRYN PALMER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — The inaugural Missouri Special House Committee on Student Accountability informally celebrated Safer Internet Day last Tuesday by hearing a bill aimed at teaching students appropriate online behavior.

Student journalists testify for New Voices Act

GALEN BACHARIER, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — In the same state where a school district lost a Supreme Court case limiting student journalists' rights in 1988, legislators from the House of Representatives heard testimony on a bill that would restore those rights Wednesday.