Officials: Tax code lags state’s economy

JEFFERSON CITY — As Missouri’s economy has evolved, its tax laws have not, resulting in businesses that operate under the tax radar while state coffers remain dry, State Revenue Director Carol Fisher said.

Missouri’s economy has shifted gradually from being based on manufacturing goods to providing services. The state tax code was last updated in the 1970s. Since then, the economy has shifted toward services, while the tax structure has lagged behind, Fisher said.

Many residents decry housing authority’s plan to own streets

Dawn Richardson knows Trinity Place is not the safest place to live in Columbia, but she said privatizing her street will not rid it of violence and drugs — it will only strip residents of their individual rights.

Richardson was one of the 102 public housing residents who voted in a recent, unofficial referendum organized by Grass Roots Organizing, a local nonprofit that assists families living in poverty. The referendum was designed to measure residents’ feelings about a possible privatization of the streets adjacent to their homes.

Parents insist son innocent of killing

Disputing statements made by the Cole County Sheriff, the parents of a 6-year-old boy who is the lone suspect in the shooting death of his grandfather think the shooting was an accident.

“There’s no way on earth (my son) would ever shoot his grandfather. Ever. He and his grandfather loved each other. He idolized his grandfather,” the boy’s father said.

Father, who taught children that guns are tools, worries about safety

Roy Williams fired his first shot from a handgun when he was 8 years old.

“I was raised around guns,” the Centralia resident says.

Veteran says conceal-carry law has too many restrictions to be effective

Jack L. Garrett grew up in a different era of Columbia’s history. Women’s suffrage in Missouri was less than a decade old, the Great Depression’s devastating financial collapse hadn’t hit and Charles Lindberg’s pioneering solo trans-Atlantic flight was still months away when Garrett was born into a city he remembers as a much safer place to live than it is today.

“There used to be a time when I wasn’t afraid to walk or even drive through parts of Columbia,” Garrett said. “Columbia was a little town, very comfortable to live in. There were really no problems and we didn’t have to worry much about locking doors or robbery. Now there are places in the city I won’t even go anymore.”

Gun decision

The ruling by a St. Louis judge that Missouri’s conceal-and-carry law violates the state constitution came as no real surprise to local state lawmakers.

Bolerjacks pick Wyoming

There is no sibling rivalry for the Bolerjacks, at least not on the basketball court.

Both are guards on the Hickman girls basketball team, but twins Jodi and Amy Bolerjack said they wanted to play with, not against, each other in college.

Defense keys Rams win

ST. LOUIS -– For three quarters, the Rams played about as ugly as possible Sunday night.

Fortunately for St. Louis, the Baltimore Ravens played uglier for a full four.

Tigers’ bowl chances grow dim

BOULDER, Colo. — Missouri seemed headed to a destination unknown. With big wins against Nebraska and Texas Tech, it appeared that destination could be one the Tigers had not seen in a long time.

MU dreamed of partying at the Fiesta Bowl or heading to Miami for the Orange Bowl. Those dreams might have ended on Folsom Field on Saturday with a stunning 21-16 loss to Colorado.

Tigers eager to play

For the first time this season, the Missouri men’s basketball team will play an opponent other than itself.

The Tigers host Inter Hoop, a Lithuanian team of players that are 18-35 in an exhibition game at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

Responsibility in recreation

Sarah Mounter owns two handguns and a shotgun. Although she doesn’t carry the handguns for protection, she said, as a woman, she feels more secure with them when she’s in her home alone.

“I do keep them accessible when I’m in my house and, yes, they do make me feel safer,” said the 40-year-old Mounter, who is a research associate in plant microbiology and pathology at MU.

Study finds overtired nurses err

Too many hours, too many patients and a lack of trust between nurses and management are to blame for nursing errors, according to a study released last week by the Institute of Medicine.

The study claimed the work environment of nurses needs to be revamped to protect patients from mistakes.

The rich win against ‘we the people’

Some of us who matured in another age (BD: before deregulation) seem to have stronger feelings about stealing than people who have matured AD (after deregulation). It’s true that there have always been people in business stealing from their customers or their investors. But it was harder to get away with when you had federal agencies breathing down your throats.