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Benefits of Bison

It looks like beef, but it doesn’t moo. Many Americans are turning to buffalo as a tasty and healthful alternative to beef and other meats.

Buffalo is naturally leaner than many other types of meat, such as pork and beef. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, buffalo has almost half of the calories and about one-fourth of the fat as the same amount of beef.

Preventing deer damage

Parts of Brenda McGavock’s garden look like a war zone, all because of deer.

McGavock and her husband, Rob, live off of Missouri KK south of Columbia. Over the years they have noticed an increase in the number of deer on their property, and their garden has suffered.

Williams to ask for extension

Defense attorneys for Richard Williams, the former nurse at Truman Veterans Hospital charged in connection with the 1992 deaths of 10 patients, plan to ask for his Oct. 27 trial date to be pushed back in a hearing on Friday.

Donald Catlett, one of Williams’ attorneys, said Tuesday that the defense was asking for additional medical records in the case as well as more time to review the evidence.

District will study suit, then weigh signing on

Mid-Missouri school officials have found, much to their dismay, that their already bad financial situation might actually get worse.

On Sunday, 147 districts throughout the state decided legal action might be in their future. The districts contend that, under the current foundation formula, state money is not being distributed fairly.

Justice garden

BOONVILLE

Correctional officer Tamara Cerny strolled around the Restorative Justice Garden on Monday morning in her blue polyester uniform, puffing on a Doral Ultra Light 100 cigarette. Cerny circled the 5-acre garden — past the rows of corn, the watermelon patch and the purple and white kohlrabi.

Episcopal Church confirms homosexual bishop

After clearing him of allegations that surfaced late Sunday, the Episcopal Church voted Tuesday to officially confirm the Rev. V. Gene Robinson as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. Robinson will be the denomination’s first openly gay bishop.

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold said the House of Bishops voted 62-45 in favor of Robinson’s confirmation with two bishops abstaining. The vote was the final one needed after the House of Deputies approved Robinson’s election Sunday afternoon.

Utilities face backlog of hook-ups

Few events in life are more stressful than moving, but as some recently relocated Columbia residents are finding out, living in a house without electricity for several days afterward might be worse.

Because most rental leases in Columbia end between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, and many students are relocating to new housing, the next two weeks are traditionally the busiest of the year for the City of Columbia Water and Light Division.

Small-town boy hits the big time

After graduating from Rock Bridge High School in 1982, Theron Denson didn’t know what his life had in store for him. But after years of wandering the country and searching for himself, he found Neil Diamond.

“Only in America can a bald black guy impersonate a white Jewish guy,” said Denson, 39. “I’m not the originator, I’m the impersonator.”

Severe weather possible soon, experts say

The worst may be over, but severe weather can strike at any time. Although July has been relatively tranquil, meteorologists say nasty weather is right around the corner for August and September.

MU graduate student Kristen Gillam doesn’t take chances when it comes to severe weather.

One Read program picks ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Boo Radley will once again be the talk of the town. But this time the town will be Columbia.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library unveiled Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” as this year’s selection for the One Read reading program Tuesday. This is the second year for One Read, a program that encourages community members to read and discuss one book together. Last year, more than 900 people signed up to read Kent Haruf’s “Plainsong” as a part of the program sponsored by the library and a group of businesses, local media and community organizations.

Mavs finally score

Solid defense kept them close and a late offensive burst ecured the win for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks.

Mid-Missouri overcame a one-run deficit to beat the Richmond Roosters 4-1 on Tuesday at Taylor Stadium.

MU linemen drive offense

Brad Smith keeps telling people he’s not the only player on the team.

There are five guys who line up in front of Smith who are crucial to his, and the team’s, success.

Fischer adjusts, gets Classic win

Leslie Fischer said she was unhappy with her score in the first round of the 2003 Tiger Junior Golf Classic on Monday at Columbia Country Club.

After shooting a 104, Fischer said she knew what was wrong and she decided to fix it. When her father, tournament director Perry Fischer, went back to the course to field phone calls about tee times, Fischer went, too.

Charges dropped against Williams

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A former Veterans Affairs hospital nurse who was accused of killing 10 patients in 1992 walked free Wednesday after prosecutors said the tests that led to the murder charges were flawed.

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