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Impact of I-70 plan addressed

The planned widening of Interstate 70 stands to have a significant impact on jobs and taxes, and the city of Columbia wants to know more about those potential impacts.

There are more than 300 businesses along the I-70 corridor in Columbia, and the city is taking bids from companies for an impact study about how the project would affect local jobs and tax revenues.

City’s large vehicles get new biofuel

A new form of biodiesel for use in city vehicles — and the city’s first hybrid car — were unveiled Tuesday morning at a ceremony attended by local, state and national officials who said they hope these purchases become widely used. The new fuel uses 20 percent soybean oil and is commonly called B20. It will be used in the city’s 290 large vehicles and heavy equipment.

Currently, the city uses about 400,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year in these vehicles, said Lowell Patterson, director of Public Works.

Near and Afar

You’ve seen the road signs: Mexico — 200 miles. Mexico? In Missouri? That couldn’t possibly compare to the sandy white beaches of the country south of the border, could it? Maybe not. But while these mid-Missouri towns aren’t as flashy and exciting as their exotic counterparts, they may hold more excitement than you think.

Whether you have a few months or a few days to plan a quick getaway, these exotic locations and their similarly named counterparts can fulfill your need for excitement and relaxation. So pick up the phone and call your travel agent, or simply pack up the car and get ready to explore.

State releases $83 million in public funds for education

The coffers of the Columbia Public Schools and the University of Missouri system received a surprise boost Tuesday.

Citing an unexpected influx of federal money, Gov. Bob Holden released more than $80 million to Missouri’s public schools and colleges — a little more than one-third of the roughly $220 million he withheld in July because of budget concerns.

Trumpeting trout

As the owner of WindRush Farms fishing resort, Quint Drennan has met nearly every sort of trout fisher, and he has swapped some rather creative trout recipes with the anglers he has met.

“That’s one thing that is fun,” says Drennan. “We do swap recipes.”

Harrowing crash

The last thing Jerad Miller remembers about his drive home from Columbia Mall on Friday night is turning south from Broadway onto U.S. 63 about 8 p.m.

The next morning, Miller regained consciousness wedged between the broken windshield of his blue Chevrolet Corsica and the freezing water of Hominy Branch Creek. His friend and passenger, 23-year-old Joseph Stenger, lay dead by his side.

Bills filed for next legislative session

JEFFERSON CITY — Monday marked the beginning of Missouri’s House and Senate prefiling bills for the January legislative session.

Issues lawmakers filed on the opening day ranged from taxes to gay marriages, from cloning to face veils and from repealing tax limits to freezing college tuition.

Tigers set for opener

After starting its season late, things are moving along quickly for No. 4 Missouri.

Three days after defeating Oakland University 90-85, the Tigers open their home season against Coppin State at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center. The return to Columbia has several players, including freshman forward Linas Kleiza, excited.

Withholdings case headed to high court

JEFFERSON CITY — A legal battle over withholdings to K-12 education that began in July makes its way to the highest court in the state Wednesday.

Fourteen Missouri school districts are asking the Missouri Supreme Court to reject Gov. Bob Holden’s $192 million in withholdings to public schools.

Tigers’ turnaround

After the Missouri football team suffered through four miserable seasons, its long wait to return to a bowl game is finally over.

Coach Gary Pinkel needed three years to turn the 3-8 team he inherited into a team that cracked the Associated Press Top 25, beat Nebraska, competed for the Big 12 Conference North Division title until the next to last week of the season and is headed to a bowl game.

No quick way to master fencing’s speed

Patrick Peritore, by most people’s standards, is successful at his job.

Petoire, a political science professor at Missouri, has written three books, consulted for the World Bank, taught on three continents and has done fieldwork in eight countries. His academic works have dealt with subjects ranging from South American socialism to Latin American biotechnology.

Council toughens panhandling law

Panhandlers might find their work a little harder this winter.

Amendments to the city code on panhandling, approved Monday night by the City Council, are placing greater restrictions on the ways people can solicit.

MU-Husker poster selling in Boonville

A poster that was torn from the shelves of MU-owned stores is selling wildly in Boonville. The poster commemorates the first Missouri Tigers football victory over Nebraska since 1978.

The Friends of Historic Boonville initially ordered 150 of the posters and sold them in three days for $10 each. The group then ordered a shipment of 100 more, which was received Monday, said Maryellen McVicker, executive director for Friends of Historic Boonville. The Friends sold 82 more posters in about six hours Monday, she said.

Snyder learning to live with everyone watching

Quin Snyder is livid. His irritation echoes off the basketball court and resonates in the ears of every Missouri basketball player.

“Maybe this is why (college basketball analyst Dick Vitale) called this team soft,” Snyder said.

Fresh faces should give Tigers boost

Despite losing only three walk-ons from last year’s team, the Tigers have six new faces. Each of the newcomers, including an international star and a collegiate record-setter, arrived in Columbia in a different way. Their influences this season will vary, but these six Tigers are the future of the program.

The Steal

Pressure on the point

He hears the whispers. Skeptical stares burn through his jersey while he brings the ball down the ball down court.

“Jimmy McKinney isn’t a true point guard,” they said.

Splitting hairs

With another basketball season under way, some fans are talking about the players, the coaching and the chances the Missouri men’s team will make a Final Four run.

Others are talking about a subject that’s just a bit more hairy: coach Quin Snyder’s new ’do.

Coppin St. mines Philadelphia talent

The stretch of Interstate 95 from Baltimore to Philadelphia is a little more than 100 miles, and it’s a drive Coppin State coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell has made plenty of times.

Mitchell, who has coached the Eagles since 1986, got his start in coaching outside of Philadelphia at Gloucester Community College in Northern New Jersey. When Coppin State, which is in Baltimore, hired Mitchell, he didn’t forget the players of Philadelphia and instead took advantage of his past experiences, using the area as his main recruiting talent pool.

Kroenke saw Hearnes, Tigers grow

As the only Missouri basketball player who has been a part of coach Quin Snyder’s five teams, senior Josh Kroenke spent his share of time on Hearnes Center’s Norm Stewart Court.

For Kroenke, a Columbia kid who graduated from Rock Bridge High, Hearnes typified Missouri basketball long before he signed with the Tigers. He grew up watching the Tigers play at Hearnes, but being there as an athlete gave the arena a new significance.

Unrau complete team player

Evan Unrau came to Missouri as a scrappy post player. She will leave as one of the best all-around players in school history.

Unrau, a 6-foot-1 senior from Fort Collins, Colo., developed into one of the biggest offensive threats in the Big 12 Conference after switching from power forward to small forward after her freshman season.

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