State considers chicken pox rule

Missouri parents might have another vaccine to add to their list before sending children to school next year.

The state Department of Health and Senior Services has proposed adding immunization against chicken pox to the list of required vaccinations, which already includes polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, tetanus and diphtheria.

Legislators mull revisions for school aid

JEFFERSON CITY — A committee studying ways to revise Missouri’s school funding formula heard Monday from a consultant who recommended two plans that would cost the state an additional $710 million to $1.5 billion a year.

But the committee’s chairman said the proposals offered by John Augenblick, head of a Denver-based firm that advises states on school finance issues, would go nowhere this year, partly because of the costs.

MU fee raise is up for vote

A student fee increase to help fund a massive overhaul of MU’s Student Recreation Center will take effect next fall if approved Thursday by the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Students voted overwhelmingly for the fee increase of $75 per semester in October 2001, but it was not meant to be assessed until the center opens. That opening is scheduled for the fall.

C-SPAN tour bus visits MU

Schools were closed Monday, but one big yellow bus was running right on schedule.

The C-SPAN School Bus was parked at the north end of the Francis Quadrangle from noon to 4 p.m. to allow students and other Columbia residents to come aboard and learn about the news channel.

No favorites in tough Big 12

Kansas is on top, but it might not be there long.

Even though the Big 12 Conference has one team with an undefeated conference record, several coaches said the title remains up for grabs.

Tigers benefit from Texas recruits

Most kids playing football in Texas dream of one day hooking ’em at Texas or playing in front of the 12th man at Texas A&M.

That dream doesn’t come to fruition for many high school players in the state because of the abundance of football talent there, but many move on to large schools in other parts of the country.

Enduring the elements

After chipping out of the thick layer of ice that coated everything in sight, motorists and road crews were bracing Monday night for another winter storm that was expected to blanket the frozen landscape in several inches of snow.

Bill challenges Floyd's chancellor bid

A Rolla senator wants to make sure UM system President Elson Floyd doesn’t take over the Columbia campus. A bill filed last week before the Missouri Senate would prevent the current president from becoming chancellor of any of the four campuses in the system — Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis.

Candidates finish N.H. on nasty note

NASHUA, N.H. — Playing to huge crowds of wavering voters, Democrats swapped charges of dirty tricks and elitism Monday, closing out the New Hampshire primary on a sour note before the presidential race goes national.

From coffee shops, truck stops, school gyms and country stores, the candidates took their last dose of small-state retail politicking with a collective grimace, testy and tired after a seesaw week of campaigning.

Mo. execution case is bound for high court

WASHINGTON — When Christopher Simmons was sentenced to death for the murder of Shirley Ann Crook in 1994, it got little more than a brief in a local newspaper, as did the discovery of Crook’s body in the Meramec River near St. Louis.

But now a ruling in that case could affect the lives of about 75 people on death row in the United States.

College of Education to get big gift

Today, MU’s College of Education will announce its largest gift ever, campus officials said Monday.

Although MU officials declined to release the donor’s name, he is Harold Hook of Houston, an MU graduate and former chief executive officer of insurance giant American General Corp.

Office space

A pair of beady red eyes glare at George Batek as he works at his desk at the Boone County Public Defenders office. They belong to a black plastic rat he calls “State’s Witness,” a squeaky old friend once used as a prop in the courtroom.

Nearby, not far from books with titles such as “The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers” and “Murder in the Heartland” is a bobble-head doll, The Enforcer from the movie “Lilo and Stitch.”

Short-handed Stars fall hard after slow start

Missouri Valley outmatched Stephens College in every aspect Monday night, including number of players.

The Stars, who started with only two substitutes, lost 89-29 to the Lady Vikings on Monday night at Silverthorne Arena.