Bush pushes permanent tax cuts

In a 45-minute speech Thursday, President George W. Bush said the lagging economy is beginning to turn around thanks in part to his tax cuts, which he wants to make permanent.

“America’s economy today is showing signs of promise,” said Bush as he addressed a packed Kansas City Convention Center. “Our economy is starting to grow again. Americans are feeling more confident.”

Saving a Friend

Losing his eye to cancer surgery four years ago never stopped Rusty from charming his disabled riders. Now that the cancer is back, his caretakers refuse to let this horse call it quits.

With abundant support from his hometown of Oregon, Ohio, the prized therapeutic horse is coming to MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine on Monday for cancer treatment that will take at least five weeks.

Missouri’s second test

Although his words are composed, as always, Missouri quarterback Brad Smith’s eyes light up when he talks about playing Ball State. A road game against a Mid-American Conference team for the second straight year means a chance for Smith to forget about the first year.

“It’s motivation,” Smith said. “I’m very motivated and very excited to play another team...”

City uses grant money to replace, maintain sirens

Nine warning sirens that serve Columbia’s less-affluent neighborhoods are at risk of remaining silent in an emergency, and city officials are working to remedy the problem.

James McNabb, director of the Office of Emergency Management, said some of the city’s sirens are more than 30 years old. Although none of them is malfunctioning, they have been in place long beyond the manufacturer’s recommended life span of 20 years.

Bruins cruise to first win

The new scoring system didn’t faze the Rock Bridge volleyball team as it took advantage of Mexico’s weaknesses Thursday.

The Bruins beat the Bulldogs 25-2, 25-12 at Rock Bridge to improve to 1-1at Rock Bridge.

Percentage of minority teachers decreasing

The percentage of public school teachers who are male or black is decreasing across America, according to a survey from the National Education Association. The same is true in the Show-Me State, according to fresh figures from the Missouri Department of Education.

Crash injuries don’t stop Kewp

It takes more than a car accident to keep Hickman’s Ashley Mansfield from playing in a golf match.

Mansfield was in a serious car accident Wednesday on her way to practice. According to Mansfield, her car was totaled. An ambulance took her to Boone Hospital Center and she was released the same evening.

New benches first step in $2 million project

Those looking to take a seat on a downtown public bench can now do so without worrying about splinters.

Six new black metal benches were put in on Ninth Street this week in anticipation of the Twilight Festival. The festival, which happens every Thursday night in September, annually draws hundreds of people to downtown Columbia.

Bruins, St. Joseph’s could meet in Great 8

It’s a familiar matchup waiting to happen.

The Rock Bridge and St. Joseph’s Academy tennis teams have a history of meeting each other for titles, and they might again this weekend.

High court to decide tax protest

Although arguing for different outcomes, lawyers for taxpayers and schools each urged the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday to decide whether school districts can constitutionally raise property tax levies to certain amounts without voter approval.

A decision by the state’s highest court could potentially affect at least one out of every five school districts in Missouri. As much as $30 million annually in local school revenues could be at stake. At issue are two constitutional provisions governing elections for school tax levies.

Kewpies face tough opener

Experience in football can mean everything or nothing; it depends on whom you ask. Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt’s opinion is somewhere in the middle.

Few coaches in the state can top his experience. Today’s 7 p.m. kickoff against the Pattonville Pirates in Maryland Heights will mark the beginning of Nesbitt’s 24th season as a coach. His starting quarterback, junior Blake Tekotte, has one pass attempt in his Hickman career. Still, Nesbitt has confidence in him.