New lab results led Crane to act

More than a year after his arrest and less than three months before his scheduled jury trial, the former Truman Veterans Hospital nurse charged with killing 10 patients was released from jail.

All 10 counts of first-degree murder against Richard Williams were dismissed at Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Crane’s request on Wednesday morning. Crane said he recently received lab tests that scientists said provided “no definitive conclusions” that the patients died as a result of being injected with succinylcholine, a muscle relaxant.

New outdoor mall to replace Biscayne Wal-Mart

The Biscayne Wal-Mart will soon be torn down, and a preliminary plan for the site has been distributed to some Columbia Mall retailers.

Anchored by the Famous-Barr, Biscayne Commons will be replaced by a new outdoor mall to be called The Shops at Stadium, said Craig Van Matre, attorney for the Kroenke Group.

Research aims at managing Internet spam

MU researchers have devised a plan that would clean “spam” out of the inboxes of e-mail users who dislike the unsolicited messages while helping ad-friendly users save some money.

The model, developed by Clyde Bentley, an associate professor of journalism at MU, and doctoral student Anca Micu, aims to satisfy customers, Internet Service Providers and advertisers at the same time.

Safety projects for pedestrians in budget plans

The city council is hoping to make pedestrians downtown safer in the upcoming year.

The city council has included pedestrian safety programs in the proposed budget for next year. These programs include expanding pedestrian crosswalk countdown timers and pedestrian flag programs in Columbia.

Columbia man held in fatal stabbing

A 32-year-old former Columbia man was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the stabbing of a 45-year-old man from Kansas City, Kan.

Thomas Lipp was found Tuesday in the Edwards area near the Lake of the Ozarks with wounds from an ice pick.

Bunge to talk to NCAA about Clemons

ST. LOUIS — The NCAA wants to talk to the ex-girlfriend of former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons, apparently about her allegations that Clemons received payments and clothing and was given the answers to a test while at a community college, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

The woman, Jessica Bunge, has said in depositions and interviews that someone within the basketball program routinely gave Clemons money; that coach Quin Snyder gave Clemons clothing; and that she saw Clemons copy the answers to a test at a Barton County, Kan., community college.

Finding best secondary first priority

For the first time in Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel’s three years, his team might have the depth it needs to win.

Pinkel said he was pleased with his team’s energy at the first practice Wednesday on Faurot Field’s new FieldTurf.

Sports Illustrated features Missouri, Show-Me Games

Show-Me State Games athletes have been honored with medals at the games, but their recognition isn’t over.

The Aug. 11 issue of Sports Illustrated, which became available Wednesday, paid tribute to the games with half of a six-page section as part of SI’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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


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.