Stubborn sidekicks

Tim and Terry are ready for their official MU photo shoot. They stand proud and look straight ahead, ignoring a biting breeze during the cold snap last week. The flash goes off and Terry, caught off guard, is burying his head behind Tim’s. The two 10-year-olds are MU’s star pair of mules.

“Come on, mules!” shouts Sarah Hesse, vice president of MU’s Mule Club, trying to get the mules to look at the camera. “Tim, Terry, come on!”

Identity theft bill in the works

JEFFERSON CITY — Identity theft penalties would be increased from six months in jail to a life sentence under a bill initially approved by the House on Wednesday.

The bill also imposes the penalty of a Class B felony for trafficking in stolen identities.

Natural gas bills about to increase

Elizabeth Simons, a Moberly resident, already has difficulty paying her gas bill.

“I just can’t afford it,” she said. “I don’t think they’re (AmerenUE) talking those who are low-income into consideration.”

Five cars pile up at Nifong intersection

Columbia resident Lisa Noll was driving home for lunch Wednesday morning when her trip took an unexpected detour.

“I don’t remember anything — just spinning,” she said. “It’s probably the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Flu cases tapering off in Missouri

State health officials are cautiously optimistic that the worst of the flu season might be over.

The number of reported cases of the flu has begun to decline, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Easing into the digital age

Doug Elley, 57, still prefers a stove over the microwave.

How about cell phones?

Forum explains mad cow disease

Call it luck or wisdom.

Either way, when the United States banned the use of rendered meat and bone meal from ruminant animal diets in 1997, it cut off the possible amplification of mad cow disease, unlike European counterparts.

Senior center settles into new location

The Oakland Plaza Senior Center celebrates one month of operation today in its new home in the lower level of Vandiver Square, half a mile east of Rangeline Street.

“This is definitely an improvement,” said Sue Owens, who comes to the senior center every day. “It’s easier for the people in wheelchairs.”

Smart money

Red and green arrows go up and down as the trader updates his stocks. He checks the market news and sees what is affecting his stocks. He checks the 52-week charts on the Excite Web site to chart his stocks’ long-term progress.

This isn’t the computer of the average investor. This is the computer screen of Cody Houston, a sophomore at Hallsville High School. Cody, along with his nine classmates in Scott Wallace’s stock market class, is learning how to invest money through Internet stock market games.

Columbia College extends to Cuba

Military personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can now attend Columbia College without leaving Cuba. The college announced Tuesday that beginning Monday, U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers can attend classes at Columbia College’s new extended campus at the military base.

The Guantanamo Bay campus is the newest of 30 extended campuses located in 11 states and Puerto Rico.

Deer issues to be addressed

The northwest part of Boone County is one of the areas being targeted for deer management strategies that could better balance the buck-to-doe ratio and increase the number of older bucks.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will outline possible management strategies and receive public input from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in Room 103 of the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building at Hitt and Rollins streets on the MU campus.

Tigers not losing respect

Missouri knows all about flattery.

The Tigers jumped to No. 5 in the Associated Press’ preseason poll and to No. 6 in the coaches’ preseason poll. The coaches of the Big 12 Conference picked the Tigers to win the conference, and the AP had the Tigers second. The Tigers’ play in the first 12 games has not been worthy of their preseason acclaim, but you wouldn’t know it judging from opponents’ postgame comments.

Tigers’ slide continues

Disappointment is running deep for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Despite a furious comeback, the Tigers lost to Nebraska 74-69 in a Big 12 Conference matchup Wednesday and what seemed to be a promising season is starting to slip away.

Huskers hold off MU’s late run

Another rally couldn’t save Missouri.

The Missouri women’s basketball lost 74-69 to Nebraska on Wednesday at Hearnes Center in a Big 12 Conference game.