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Fiscal risk seen in science bonds

Missouri Democratic and Republican lawmakers share the goal of boosting life sciences research in Missouri, but some Democrats say the University of Missouri’s proposal to use $190.4 million in bonds to meet the goal could put the state’s fiscal stability at risk.

Meanwhile, officials of other public universities in Missouri with life sciences said they want to be included in the plans.

Initial wrestling building plan OK’d

Hickman High School wrestling coach Doug Black dreads rainy days. Precipitation turns his practice room into a series of puddles.

“When it rains, it leaks water really bad,” he said. “It leaks in 40 or 50 different spots. It’s not a very pleasant room.”

Car fire burns woman over 90% of body

A woman was listed in critical condition Monday night after suffering burns from a car fire in a residential area near Business Loop 70 on Monday morning.

The victim was in the burn unit at University Hospital and Clinics with burns on 90 to 100 percent of her body. Officials had not released the victim’s name.

Rough night for Mizzou

The Tigers’ rough stretch just got longer. The MU men’s basketball team fell to 6-6 with its 82-68 loss Monday night at Hearnes Center to defending national champion Syracuse.

The two teams played evenly in the first half, and MU went to the locker room down just six points to the

Judge appointed in suit over school funding

JEFFERSON CITY — The former executive director of Missouri’s Association of Prosecuting Attorneys will be the first judge to hear the lawsuit against Missouri’s school funding system.

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has been assigned to hear the mammoth school funding lawsuit filed late last week. The lawsuit asserts that the state’s complicated public school funding formula is neither equitable nor adequate in its distribution of state funds.

Business-boost controversy

Four years ago, Anita Griggs certified her business as a women-owned business with the state’s Office of Administration in hopes of the state spending money on her services. But since that time, Anita’s Homestyle Catering has yet to see any benefit, she said.

“Other than our name being on a list, I really haven’t benefited from it,” Griggs said.

Helping hands interpret City Council

For Peggy Withrow and Kelley Clark, five-hour-long City Council meetings can be mentally — and physically — exhausting.

Withrow and Clark are employed to interpret everything said at Columbia’s City Council meetings into American Sign Language for an audience of TV viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. “It can be tiring,” said Clark, 34, who has worked as an interpreter for about eight years. “There are times when we miss key words, dates or spellings.”

Going wireless in the heart of Africa

In the trading center of Makindye, a 10-minute drive south of downtown Kampala, Uganda, Godfrey Mukasa is doing business. The 22-year-old civil engineering student sells prepaid phone cards and used cell phones from a sidewalk kiosk. His small timber shack is painted yellow and blue, the colors of MTN Uganda, the country’s leading wireless operator.

On a good night, Mukasa returns to his parents’ house at 10:30 p.m. with a profit of 15,000 Uganda shillings — roughly $7.50. The average citizen earns less than $1 a day, according to World Bank statistics.

Thornbrook citizens voice fire concerns

When Beth Winton’s son lay on the pool deck turning blue two years ago, Winton would have loved to receive help from a city of Columbia fire station three miles away.

But Thornbrook, her subdivision, receives service from Boone County Fire Protection District. At the time, the closest county station was 5.3 miles away. It took about 11 minutes for a truck to arrive, and a neighbor saved Winton’s 4½ -year-old child.

Defensive lapses hurt Missouri

Looking at Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara’s stat sheet before Monday night’s game must have been dizzying for Missouri.

After McNamara blazed through Boston College on Saturday with six 3-pointers, the Tigers’ defense found its target.

2 Tigers cited for role in fight

Missouri officials announced Monday that two women’s basketball players will be disciplined for their role in a postgame fight between several Kansas and Missouri players Saturday.

The news comes after a series of accusations and denials from members of both schools about the ugly scene at midcourt after Kansas’ 55-52 win at Hearnes Center.Missouri coach Cindy Stein and Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden released statements about the fight Monday, announcing that Missouri recommended disciplinary action for two of its players and will await any further action until the Big 12 Conference office reviews the fight.

Ballard, Cougars push winning streak to 15

Khamari Ballard’s scoring ability earned him second-team All-America honors last season, but his defensive prowess might propel him to first team this year.

The Columbia College men’s basketball team beat the College of the Ozarks 67-52 on Monday at the Arena of Southwell Complex despite one of its worst shooting performances of the season.

Forth makes it sound, look simple

For Syracuse center Craig Forth, there’s something about Missouri.

Forth, a 7-foot, 259-pound senior, had one of his stronger games against Missouri last season, getting 11 points and a career-high four assists in the Orangemen’s 76-69 win. On Wednesday, he continually found openings underneath the basket on his way to a career-high 18 points.

Coaches realize there are no walkovers this year

No team has played more than two conference games and two teams have not started league play. Only a week into the conference season, Big 12 Conference coaches are praising the strength of the league.

“I think, from top to bottom, it’s the best it has ever been,” Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said.

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