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Bowl Full of Fun

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Either Hannah Bowlin is trying to impress her fiancé or she has quickly taken to the Missouri Tigers.

Bowlin, 17, was one of about 150 fans who came to Pierre Bossier Mall in Bossier City, La., on Monday afternoon to gather Tigers’ autographs. She was the only person getting her leg cast signed, though.

Bond would aid science study, jobs

Missouri’s legislative leaders and MU officials hope that a $190.4 million bond plan will create jobs in Missouri and strengthen scientific research.

The bond proposal, outlined on Monday by MU chancellor Richard Wallace, is for the construction and renovation of six health sciences and engineering facilities at all four University of Missouri System campuses. For every dollar the state invests in life sciences projects, the university expects to raise $5 in federal and private funds. Wallace said that over the span of 10 years, the initiative could generate about $1 billion.

Umpire loved family, baseball and Elvis

The Scruggs family was together for the holidays and, as always, Kenny played Santa. Like the good umpire he was, he made sure there were no phone calls or other interruptions while presents were being opened. Brenda Berstler said her brother had everyone talk about the gifts they gave and received, and it took four hours to open presents.

The day after Christmas, Kenny Scruggs, 49, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while working at For Your Entertainment, a music store at Columbia Mall. He died on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at University Hospital.

Red Cross appeals for blood donations

While the holidays are notorious for low blood supplies, the American Red Cross on Monday said supplies were also being pinched because of sickness this holiday season.

The Red Cross regional office in St. Louis is appealing for blood to serve 120 counties, including Boone.

Federal grant to benefit bird conservation

The Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative is among the benefactors of more than $1.23 million in federal funds coming to Missouri for conservation projects.

The bird initiative is in line for $100,000 of the federal conservation money. The coalition of 28 organizations — from hunting groups to those who enjoy bird watching — will survey local bird populations and create management conservation plans for Missouri birds.

Home game should soothe Tigers

Take it from AJ: It’s not the coaching staff, offensive scheme or defensive difficulties that are responsible for Missouri’s lackluster first month.

It is much simpler than that.

Keeping up with Jones

SHREVEPORT, La. -– Comparing Arkansas’ Matt Jones and Missouri’s Brad Smith is easy. Two running quarterbacks.

It’s not so simple.

MU must shake off layoff rust

Missouri’s schedule is about to get a lot busier.

After playing one game in the past 19 days, the Tigers host Iowa at Hearnes Center today in the first of three games in six days.

Your guide to First Night

First Night 2004, Columbia’s downtown celebration of New Year’s is coming up Wednesday. The festivities start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and admission buttons cost $7.

Bruins’ defense stymies Cougars

LIBERTY — The Rock Bridge offense had a case of the Mondays after its bus left for the campus of William Jewell at 6:30 a.m.

It had enough, though, to defeat the Hickman Mills Cougars 36-27 on Monday morning in the consolation bracket of the Cardinal Division of the Bank Midwest/William Jewell Holiday Classic.

Missouri wrestling team wins Southern Scuffle

The Missouri wrestling team won the Southern Scuffle Monday at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The Tigers had 185 to better Minnesota’s 169.5. Edinboro was third with 108.5.

Ben Askren was one of four Tigers to win titles. Askren, who had three pins and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler, beat Edinboro’s Nate Yeter 14-6 in the 174-pound championship match.

Kewpies defeat Lincoln

The Kewpies defeated Lincoln (Ill.) 57-36 in a consolation game at the KTXR Lady Classic tournament at Drury University in Springfield.

Stephanie Burger and Lauren Harris led Hickman (12-1) with 12 points apiece. Amy Bolerjack, who had three 3-pointers, had 11.

Kewpies move to semifinals

Bret Burchard scored 18 points to lead the Kewpies to a 80-50 victory against Cruthersville in a first-round game at the Poplar Bluff tournament. Taylor Trogdon scored 14 and Mikel Fields had 13.

Hickman (4-4) plays Parkview from Little Rock, Ark., in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. today.

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