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Holden plan aims to create jobs

Mike Chippendale envisions Columbia as the next Silicon Valley. Only instead of developing microchips, Chippendale wants to develop a cure for cancer. Or perhaps a plant that removes pollutants from contaminated soil. Or perhaps something so extraordinary, it has yet to be imagined.

Chippendale’s vision for Columbia might have moved one step closer to reality Tuesday.

Decision to hush rumbling trucks on north side

Construction trucks that have routinely rolled through the Lake of the Woods subdivision during the past several months were halted Tuesday when Boone County commissioners voted to close Teton Drive and block access to the Eastport Village construction site.

Commissioners voted 3-0 to close the road Tuesday.

Rezoning OK’d on Route WW

After slogging through a slew of obstacles, Prime Development gained approval Tuesday to start platting development in eastern Boone County.

The Boone County Commission approved the company’s request to rezone about 47 acres of a 200-acre plot at 4750 E. Route WW. The area will be zoned as planned commercial and planned residential areas instead of single-family residential areas.

Illini sink key shots

ST. LOUIS –- The bottom line in Missouri’s loss to Illinois on Tuesday was the free-throw line.

The Illini won bragging rights with a 71-70 win despite hitting only 57.6 percent of their foul shots.

Weak first half dooms Tigers

ST. LOUIS –- Missouri’s play in the second half was good enough to win, but unfortunately for the Tigers, their play in the first left much to be desired.

Furious play in the final 10 minutes from Missouri couldn’t make up for a sluggish first half as Illinois withstood a late rally to win its fourth straight in the Braggin’ Rights series 71-70 on Tuesday.

Cobbs endures for Razorbacks

In the first half of 2000, Cedric Cobbs could have been elected governor of Arkansas.

There were times later, though, when Cobbs hasn’t wanted to go inside a local gas station because of the piercing stares he might receive. The latter might be a more accurate image of his career.

Animal abuse cases reported

On average, the Central Missouri Humane Society receives one or two phone calls of suspected animal neglect each day. On Tuesday, it received four or five.

Since two severely malnourished horses were found at a Hallsville farm on Sunday, public awareness about animal neglect has sparked increased phone calls to the Central Missouri Humane Society about suspected animal neglect, said Karen Stix of the Central Missouri Humane Society.

MU reaches deal in reactor case

MU has reached a deal with federal regulators that settles a case of employment discrimination and retaliation at the school’s research reactor.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd in a letter dated Friday that the agency would not pursue further enforcement actions in the case. Commission investigators already had found that a former senior research scientist faced discrimination and retaliation for “protected activities.”

Comfort and joy at Girls Town

CALWOOD — Ask the residents of Missouri Girls Town what their favorite aspect of Christmas is, and the result is unanimous.

“Presents!”

UM system to request $190 million in bonds

JEFFERSON CITY — The University of Missouri system plans to ask lawmakers next year to approve $190 million in bonds to build or renovate buildings at the system’s four campuses.

The bond issue would help fund $75 million for construction of a new health science research center at MU; $52 million for construction of a health sciences building at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; $24 million in renovations to the Benton Stadler science complex at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; $20.9 million in renovations at an engineering building at Columbia; and $18.6 million for renovations to a mechanical engineering building at Rolla.

Cardinals get financing for new stadium

ST. LOUIS — Capping a lengthy journey that included a flirtation with Illinois and a failed trip to Jefferson City in search of public financing, the St. Louis Cardinals said Tuesday the club has obtained the private money it needs to build a ballpark downtown.

Busch Stadium, which opened in 1966 and was home to history that included two World Series championships and Mark McGwire’s record setting 70th home run in 1998, will be demolished after the 2005 season. Work on the new stadium began Monday, and the $387.5 million ballpark is scheduled to open in April 2006.

Tigers’ guards struggle

ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s search for a consistent point guard did not end Tuesday night.

The situation might have become murkier than it had been. Illinois’ Dee Brown overshowed the Tigers’ tandem of Jimmy McKinney and Randy Pulley in the first half, but McKinney improved his play in the second.

Lighten Up!

Santa and his team of reindeer take off into the night sky. Shepherds and angels gather around Jesus in a Nativity scene. Thousands of lights set the yard aglow while a steady stream of onlookers slowly drives past to take in the sights.

This is a typical Christmas scene at the Emery and Hendren families’ homes. Each year, the families go to extremes to spread Christmas cheer by decorating their homes with yuletide light displays for others to enjoy.

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