Council discusses airport, Wal-Mart

Two of the largest proposed Columbia developments in recent memory appeared on the agenda of the Columbia City Council Tuesday night: one was tabled, and the council took a small step toward further study of the other.

The council also debated the fate the Columbia Regional Airport's early-morning and late-night flights.

Jacob to seek state’s No. 2 post

JEFFERSON CITY — Two Democrats are jumping into the suddenly open contest for Missouri lieutenant governor: former Secretary of State Bekki Cook and Senate Minority Leader Ken Jacob.

Both decided to run less than a week after Democratic Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell said he wouldn’t seek a second term next year because of his wife’s poor health.

Federal standard not met on MAP

More than half of Columbia’s public schools failed to meet academic standards set forth under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to figures released Tuesday.

That’s because of tougher testing and higher proficiency standards in Missouri, said Skip Deming, assistant superintendent for the Columbia Public Schools.

One year on the books

When the new Columbia Public Library opened a year ago today, the staff expected a surge of interest — and they got it.

“That initial rush was kind of like being at McDonald’s when the school bus comes in — only on a larger scale,” library spokeswoman Kris Farris said. “We all just had to kind of come together and say, ‘How do we get this done?’ ”

Murderer’s sentence of death in question

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars the execution of mentally retarded people, Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane will continue to seek the death penalty for Ernest Lee Johnson, convicted of murdering three people at a local Casey’s General Store in 1994.

After a hearing Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court, Judge Gene Hamilton is expected to order a new penalty phase for Johnson later this week. The new jury, which will be the third to hear the facts of Johnson’s case, will only decide whether he should be executed.

City sets records for utility use

Driven by lawn sprinklers and air conditioners, Columbia set separate records in the month of August for the use of water and electricity.

Columbians used 571 million gallons of water during August, setting a new record for water consumption in a single month since such record-keeping began in 1972.

Woman gets five years in statutory rape case

A 20-year-old Columbia woman was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree statutory rape.

Courtney Ann Snyder was charged with repeated sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy between July and October 2002. The boy, a neighbor identified as B.H., sometimes baby-sat for Snyder’s son, who is now 2 years old.

Terrier rescued from house fire

Tkachuk, a 11/2-year-old north highlands terrier, was rescued Tuesday evening after his home in the 2600 block of Quail Drive caught fire.

His owner, Mike Brinker, an assistant manager at McDonald’s, came home from work about 5:45 p.m. and smelled smoke near his duplex. He didn’t know the fire was in his home until he opened the front door and smoke began to billow out, he said.

Boone County prime for mosquito breeding

Heavy rain and mild temperatures during the Labor Day weekend probably will cause Boone County’s mosquito population to mushroom this month, putting local residents in greater danger of contracting the West Nile Virus.

MU cross country teams seek to pick up pace

MU's cross country teams seek improvement over last season and from race to race as their main goal.

Managing troubles

If ever there was a classic baseball old-timer, it’s Tony Torchia.

He has the salt-and-pepper hair and the expanded waistline.

New format no problem for Kewpies

It helps to be big and have confidence.

Those are attributes the Hickman Kewpies’ volleyball team used to beat Hannibal 25-6, 25-16 on Tuesday night at Hickman.

Rock Bridge rolls past Hickman

Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb walked to court No. 5 to try to calm Ashley Miles, a sophomore who appeared to be struggling against Hickman’s Kirsten Seaberg.

Loeb reminded Miles to regain composure and refocus. She followed his advice and helped Rock Bridge complete a 9-0 victory against Hickman on Tuesday at Bethel Park.

Healthy McCoy shows he’s for real

J.D. McCoy would rather think about Nov. 23, the day the Missouri football team finished an encouraging season with an embarrassing 38-0 loss to Kansas State, than the months that followed.

When he tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee that day, it wasn’t as hard to bear. Everyone else was upset, too.

Kewps earn beads but not victory

Despite making five pars and accumulating an impressive strand of “fun” beads, Payge Pleimann couldn’t best Hickman golf teammate Ashley Mansfield.

Unfortunately for the Kewpies, Pleimann and Mansfield’s play wasn’t enough to win the match. Rolla shot a 172 to defeat Hickman and Rock Bridge on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course. Hickman finished three shots off the lead and Rock Bridge shot a 190.