What's in store?

John Porporis has traveled the country for 25 years opening Famous Barr stores. But since graduating from MU in 1976 and getting a job at Famous Barr’s parent, May Department Stores Co., he has always wanted to open one near his alma mater.

After years of waiting, the senior vice president of Famous Barr stores has finally gotten his wish. Columbia’s newest department store is set to open next month on the site of the former Biscayne Mall. Of the 42 Famous Barrs in the country, Columbia’s will be the only stand-alone store featuring what the May design team calls its lifestyle prototype.

Columbia among top 10 healthy cities

After debuting at No. 2 on Money magazine’s “best places to live” list in 1992, Columbia has reappeared on a top 10 list, this time for healthy living.

The current issue of Organic Style magazine ranks Columbia ninth in the nation as one of the most environmentally healthy cities.

Construction traffic irritates north-siders

Lake of the Woods residents are angry.

Dump trucks and machinery from nearby Eastport Gardens and Eastport Village are damaging roads in a North Grace Lane subdivision that were not meant to carry heavy traffic, residents say.

Convicted killer seeks new trial

The attorney for convicted “Ruby Tuesday Killer” Earl Ringo Jr. argued before the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday that Ringo should get a new trial because his jury was not presented with evidence that he was mentally disabled.

Ringo, 29, of Jeffersonville, Ind., was sentenced to death in July 1999 for killing Dennis Poyser, 45, and JoAnna Baysinger, 22, during an attempted robbery of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant at 2010 Bernadette Drive. Ringo, a former employee, was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder for the July 4, 1998 killings.

Animal cases of West Nile virus jump statewide

The number of animals testing positive for West Nile virus has spiked over the past week. Gayle Johnson, MU associate professor of veterinary pathobiology, said that even though the mosquito season is waning, West Nile still poses a risk for both animals and humans.

Laborer in critical condition after fall

A construction worker was in critical condition Tuesday night after he and two other men fell when a steel building frame collapsed at the site of a future rail terminal in northeast Columbia.

To your health

Registered Nurse Eduardo Crespi draws a drop of blood on Tuesday for a hypertension screening and diabetes test during ‘Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day’ at Centro Latino de Salud, Educacion y Cultura. The center is part of Latino Link, which provides access to affordable medical treatment for Latinos, and is sponsored by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health. This year’s ‘Doctor Day’ focused on Latinos, while last year’s reached out to the black population.

Loeb reaches 400 victories

Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb reached a milestone Tuesday at Jefferson City.

The Bruins defeated the Jays 9-0 for Loeb’s 400th tennis win in his 15th year in coaching.

Mo. team to help prep for hurricane

Traffic surged Tuesday off the Outer Banks island chain as more than 100,000 people were urged to evacuate the North Carolina coast before the arrival of Hurricane Isabel.

Meanwhile, Missouri Task Force One sent a 32-member team to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Tuesday morning to help with the potential disaster. The deployment is scheduled to last 10 days but could change with the severity of the storm.

Missouri looks to shake off early rust

Gary Pinkel has no problem waking up. Most nights he doesn’t make it past 3 a.m. before he wakes up. His offense, though, has made a habit of sleeping in.

Missouri has had few problems winning its past two games, but a lack of early game offense has given Pinkel some tense moments.

A source of energy

When you’re short on time and hunger sets in, an energy bar might look appealing. However, it’s important to know the caloric and nutritional content of the bar to avoid potential weight gain.

Cougars in foul mood in win

It was an aggressive night for the Columbia College soccer team.

In a game littered with fouls, the Cougars defeated Benedictine 5-1 on Tuesday at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Delaney silences Hickman hitters

The Kewpies got two hits and one runner to third base in a 4-0 loss to Helias on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Outfielder Shana White reached third in the first inning, but she was stranded, and Helias pitcher Lauren Delaney took over. Delaney, a sophomore, had 16 strikeouts and one walk.

Bunts hurt Bruins in loss

Bad starts are difficult to overcome, whether it’s giving up early runs or leaving the umpire with a bad first impression.

The Rock Bridge softball team did a little of both in its 6-4 loss to Fulton on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.

Kewps 3rd, Bruins 7th at Classic

Hickman finished third and Rock Bridge finished seventh in the Smith-Cotton Classic at Sedalia on Tuesday.

Notre Dame (Kansas City), the defending Class 2 state champion, led the field of 23 teams with a 339. Hickman shot a 361 and the Bruins shot a 383.

Bruins score early, often

David Graham told his Rock Bridge soccer team to start quickly.

It listened, and it did.