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Greenbacks vs. Green Space

Landowner Bob Smith said he just wanted to harvest some trees.

Last fall, Smith and fellow landowner Hugh Stephenson hired a logger to chop down and sell a substantial number of trees on 53 acres along Grindstone Parkway. That land has since been approved by the Columbia City Council as the site of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter for south Columbia.

New committee to examine cable TV issues in Columbia

A seven-member cable television task force has been appointed by Mayor Darwin Hindman to look at issues involved in the cable television franchises in Columbia.

Hindman said he is “not sure what the issues may be; that is what the committee is looking into.”

Officials work to update Sunshine Law

The Missouri Sunshine Law may soon include provisions to make the decades-old regulations applicable in today’s world of e-mail and teleconferencing.

Attorney General Jay Nixon worked with state Rep. Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, to add these provisions in an amendment called the Sunshine Upgrade Act. They announced the act Tuesday in Columbia and expect it to be debated in Missouri’s next legislative session, which begins in January.

Research to focus on plant medicine

Before American doctors ever developed Tylenol or radiation, alternative medicines, like those from plant extracts, were used by cultures across the globe to treat diseases ranging from the flu to cancer.

With 29 percent of Americans and more than 80 percent of the African population using alternative medicines, plant extracts might offer real medical benefits. Now a $275,400 grant will help MU researchers study the effects of these plants on AIDS and cancer and discover ways to combine indigenous medicines with more conventional drugs.

City discusses road widening, donation of land

In the latest of a series of proposals to alleviate traffic congestion at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70, the Columbia City Council heard a proposal Tuesday night to widen Scott Boulevard. Ronald L. Schikevitz, civil/transportation manager for Burns and McDonnell in Kansas City, described the details involved in widening the road from two lanes to four and possibly adding a median. Funding would be shared by the city, the county and the Missouri Department of Transportation, but a department official said it did not expect to have money available for five years. The City Council also heard from County Commissioner Skip Elkin in regards to 80 acres of land given by a family. It discussed turning this plot, which is adjacent to the Boone County Fairgrounds, into a park to provide ball fields for youth. The group did not decide whether the Columbia or Boone County would do the project, but it did discuss a third option of a joint venture with joint ownership.

Gatorade names QB Patton state’s best

The season is over, but the accolades keep rolling in for Chase Patton.

Gatorade has named Patton, Rock Bridge’s standout quarterback, the Missouri High School Boys’ Football Player of the Year.

Surprising turn to historic run

Zack Abron sounds like a broken record. Fittingly, that suits the tailback who has made a habit of breaking Missouri football records.

Abron, who has broken the career scoring and touchdown records, enters Saturday’s game against Iowa State on the verge of another piece of MU history.

The Big 20

Missouri looks to build for NCAAs

Although the Missouri women’s basketball team has reached the postseason each of the past four years, its glass seems half full.

Coach Cindy Stein led Missouri to the second round of the WNIT in March 2000, its first postseason appearance in six years. The Tigers then made their magical run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament the next year and looked like a program on the rise.

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