Tigers not giving up on season

Believe it or not, Missouri believes.

Missouri had few options after a demoralizing 78-62 loss Saturday to a Nebraska team it had beaten by 21 two weeks earlier. The Tigers had two choices: keep hoping or write off the season.

Mental health insurance bill enters House

JEFFERSON CITY — Edward Duff says his mental health treatment cost him his job. He’s urging Missouri lawmakers to prevent that from happening to others.

Duff, who suffers from bipolar disorder, declared his condition during a health examination at the end of his probationary period — a disclosure Duff says led to his termination.

Modest start at MU led to newspaper fortune

The late Donald W. Reynolds — the man behind a $31 million gift announced Monday to build a journalism institute at MU — was born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma and schooled in Missouri.

Until his graduation from MU’s School of Journalism in 1927, Reynolds paid for his education by working summers at a meat-packing plant in Oklahoma. In 1940, he bought three newspapers, creating the Donrey Media Group. By the time he died in 1993, Reynolds owned more than 50 newspapers, including the largest of them, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Fans can’t escape wrestling’s appeal

I grew up in a wrestling town.

I guess that’s why it came as such a shock when I came to Columbia. I moved here in the middle of wrestling season, but there was no sign of the sport anywhere in town. I didn’t even know Missouri had a wrestling team that first winter.

Road victories rare in Big 12 this season

Because of parity, winning on the road in the Big 12 Conference is a difficult task.

“It’s like trying to lick your elbow,” Nebraska coach Barry Collier said.

More tax revenue, more criticism

JEFFERSON CITY — Another month of unexpectedly high revenue collections has led to another round of Republican criticism that Gov. Bob Holden should release education withholdings.

House Budget Committee Chairman Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, said he expects the governor won’t release the money until May, if at all, to allow passage of local tax levies for education planned for April ballots. Voters are less likely to approve a tax increase after additional funds have just been released, Bearden said.

Mobile home dwellers seek fair warning

JEFFERSON CITY — Dozens of mobile home residents came to Missouri’s Statehouse on Monday to tell legislators that mobile homes aren’t so mobile.

The residents are promoting legislation to give more rights to residents of mobile home parks.

Massive gift for MU

With $31 million, the Missouri School of Journalism will create a hub where citizens, journalists and educators can shape the future of media, MU leaders and others said Monday.

The gift, announced at an afternoon press conference, will be used to establish the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute — a move that will not only bring cutting-edge media technology to campus but also reshape a portion of Francis Quadrangle, MU’s historic heart.

Bronze inspiration

An artist can capture aspects of ordinary events and bring them to the surface for others to see. For local artist Don Bartlett, one of his last sculptures was inspired by the visual impact of a single photograph.

Bertrice Bartlett said her late husband’s bronze sculpture of four basketball players reaching for the ball was “inspired by the dynamic but fluid forms created during their action.” The work, simply titled “Basketball Players,” was created by Don Bartlett in 1984, two years before he died of cancer at 58.

Objections to UM bond measure melt

JEFFERSON CITY — The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said Monday that the University of Missouri system may well be able to secure its prized construction money.

Sen. John Russell, R-Lebanon, had been one of the $190.4 million bond’s most vocal critics.

Bush visits Springfield auto plant

President George Bush’s drive to manufacture another win in Missouri began in a warehouse in Springfield this year.

Bush defended his economic polices Monday, speaking to about 600 supporters and workers of SRC Automotive Inc. at an economic forum held at the plant. Five local workers and business owners joined Bush on stage, explaining how they benefited from tax cuts.

Ramada Inn investigated after party

After a disturbance Saturday night that led to the arrest of eight people, Columbia police and fire officials will meet today to determine if a local hotel violated city fire codes during a private party.

Fire Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said the two departments are investigating whether the Ramada Inn Conference Center, 1100 Vandiver Drive, filled its banquet room with more people than legally permitted during a style and fashion show thrown by MU’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Farm fresh

It’s Saturday afternoon, and Sam the Turkey is proudly strutting around the gravel parking lot of Sho-Me Farms Market, greeting customers with a blue and red wattled smile and a puff of his feathers.

“(My husband) says he’s our mascot,” store owner Marylou Mayse said as she gently guided him out from behind a red truck so a customer could leave.

World Harvest introduces an array of international foods

There’s a new hotspot in town for Columbians with a taste for eclectic foods and international flavor.

Nestled behind Gerbes supermarket on Nifong Boulevard is a new specialty foods store, World Harvest International and Gourmet Foods.

Columbia school board focuses on dilemma of raising salaries

Raising salaries to keep teacher morale high at the Columbia Public School District would come at the price of losing teachers.