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From tropical to arctic

When temperatures slid from 70 degrees to 4 degrees in a matter of days, outdoor workers had some adjusting to do.

Temperatures topped out at 71 degrees on Friday and dipped down to 4 on Monday. Both numbers are far outside the average temperature of 20 degrees for January in Columbia.

No easy way to walk away from meth

Teenage girlfriends share lots of things: clothes, makeup, secrets.

Leslie Roettgen and Stacey Norris shared alcohol and drugs.

State revenue collections still in dispute

JEFFERSON CITY — On the eve of Missouri’s 2004 General Assembly session, legislative leaders and the governor’s office still are in dispute about how much money the state will have this year.

Meanwhile, the Revenue Department released figures showing the state’s revenue collections for the first half of the current budget year were 7.9 percent higher than last year. When $95.1 million of one-time federal aid is excluded, general revenue is up 4.8 percent as of December 2003.

Education funds top agenda

JEFFERSON CITY — As legislators trickled into their offices to prepare for Wednesday’s start of the 2004 session, they came in dragging behind them last year’s biggest challenge — the budget.

Republicans cite education funding and transportation as being among the biggest issues to be faced by the General Assembly during this session. Democrats say, however, that their highest priority will be riding out an even greater budget crisis than last year.

Area duck hunters bag record numbers

Duck hunters at the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area bagged a record number of waterfowl this year — 5,754 ducks, 963 more than last year.

This year more than 2,700 hunters visited the wetlands, a managed area in the Missouri River bottoms south of Columbia. Hunters killed an average of 2.11 ducks each, said Jim Loveless of the Missouri Department of Conservation, which manages Eagle Bluffs.

Talent lauds local work program

Sen. Jim Talent visited Columbia on Tuesday to hold up efforts by a local welfare-to-work program as an example for other communities across the country.

BooneWorks, a nonprofit consortium, recently announced the results of its 4 1/2 year welfare-to-work grant funded through the U.S. Department of Labor. The local project combined several community organizations to provide clients with job training, education, job placement and post-employment support.

Is it time for a diet?

Four years ago, Cathy Forbes, a licensed insurance agent for State Farm, decided it was time to lose those extra pounds.

“I was feeling like I needed to lose weight because I didn’t like the way I looked,” Forbes says. “I was approaching my 49th birthday at the time, and I wanted the weight off before I was 50.”

A look at island cooking

Amidst a cluttered kitchen full of knickknacks and dishes bustles Alice Padova Anderson, searching in closets, the refrigerator and even the bathroom to gather her delicious desserts.

“I keep them hidden so the cats don’t get them,” the Columbia woman explains. Her cats, Athena and Aristotle, are not far behind as Anderson sets her collection of cakes and pastries on the table.

Hilton filled with heartbreak

Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State’s basketball arena in Ames, Iowa, gives Missouri coach Quin Snyder nightmares.

Since Snyder took over in 1999-2000, the Tigers are 4-5 against the Cyclones, but none of his squads has won at Hilton.

NU player charged for hitting Tigers fan

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska football player Kellen Huston was charged in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday with a misdemeanor for punching a fan who rushed the field after the Cornhuskers’ loss to Missouri on Oct. 11.

Richard Hicks, Boone County assistant prosecutor, said Huston has agreed to plead guilty to peace disturbance by fighting. Hicks said Huston’s attorney, Milt Harper of Columbia, would appear on Huston’s behalf in county court today.

Tigers open Big 12 play

All the coaches agree. This Big 12 Conference season is going to be tough.

Missouri begins Big 12 Conference play against No. 11 Kansas State at 7 p.m., today at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

Tigers making statement with Temple’s commitment

Tony Temple wanted to do it three weeks ago, but he made it worth the wait for coach Gary Pinkel and Missouri on Monday night.

Temple, the No. 7 running back in the nation according to Rivals.com, went on a sports show on Kansas City television and sat in front of five hats: Missouri, Kansas State, Tennessee, Michigan and Southern California.

Rankings irk Big 12 coaches

Rankings may not hold the greatest significance in college basketball, but they certainly provide plenty of discussion.

Despite the start of the Big 12 Conference schedule tonight, the focus of the first Big 12 coaches’ teleconference of the year centered on Duke jumping past Texas Tech and Texas to the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.

Moran keeps pedaling

December was busy for Micah Moran.

There was a Dec. 7 victory at the 2003 Missouri Cyclocross Championships in Columbia. Glowing from the win, Moran, a University of Missouri senior, competed at the Cyclocross National Championships on Dec. 12-14 in Portland, Ore.

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