It may be September, but state officials have already started their Christmas shopping in Jefferson City -- for a holiday tree, that is. Missouri officials are looking for the next Christmas tree to decorate the lawn of the Governor's Mansion in state capitol. The deadline to submit entries to the state Department of Conservation is September 30. Trees must be at least 40 feet tall, fully branched and donated. The owner of the winning tree gets a personalized thank you from Governor Jay Nixon and an invitation to the tree lighting. Submissions must include photos taken from several angles and distances, contact information and the location of tree through an online mapping service. Entries can be sent to the Department of Conservation in Jefferson City.
The University of Missouri's journalism school plans to seek approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to resume the use of news-gathering drones.
The federal agency has ordered the university as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to stop flying the drones outdoors until they obtain government authorization.
Scott Pham of Missouri's university-owned station KBIA-FM said the school will apply for a federal permit known as a certificate of authorization. His counterpart in Nebraska has said the school also plans to seek the federal permit.
Journalism researchers and their students were using the airborne robots to shoot aerial photos and video from difficult-to-reach news scenes.
iPhone frenzy is in full effect. Dozens of eager customers braved the drizzling rain outside the AT&T store in Brentwood to get their hands on one of the new iPhone models. The first customers in line arrived as early as 4:15 a.m. This is the first year Apple has released two iPhones on the same day. The new offerings include the lower-end iPhone 5C and the costlier iPhone 5S. The 5C model is made with plastic, comes in five colors, and is equipped with 16 gigs of ram. The higher-end 5S model comes with a fingerprint scanner and a 64-bit processor. The AT&T store in Brentwood expects to be sold out of the new iPhone by the end of the day on Friday. New orders can be shipped directly to your home.