Rally to challenge new Medicare bill

J.R. Connell spends about $8,000 a year on prescription drugs for himself and his wife. But instead of buying the medicine in the United States, Connell saves thousands of dollars each year getting it in Canada. Or Mexico. Or Italy.

Under the new Medicare program, however, purchasing prescription drugs from other countries, where they can be up to 70 percent cheaper than in the United States, would be a federal crime.

Volunteers honored for helping Columbia

While living in Minneapolis, Crystal and Steve Rogers were active in their neighborhood association.

“People said that it would help to make them feel safer if they knew who their neighbors were,” Crystal Rogers said. “We wanted to create a community where people felt safe.”

Passing lane

The first thing Mr. C told me to do was relax.

This is the first thing he tells everyone to do when they get into his car. After teaching people to drive for 24 years, Mr. C has learned how to get new drivers to calm down.

Conley’s confidence increasing

As troubling and disappointing as the dismissal of former point guard Randy Pulley might be, Pulley’s departure has opened the door for Jason Conley.

Conley, a 6-foot-5 junior, has taken advantage of this situation and again become a viable, offensive threat off the Missouri bench. After several weeks of struggles, Conley looked more like the player who led the nation in scoring two years ago at Virginia Military Institute.

Wild ride

Driving into oncoming traffic, jumping curbs and cutting off other motorists. It sounds like a chase scene from an action movie, but for Linda McBride, it’s sometimes just an ordinary day at the driver examination station.

For 15 years, McBride, driver examiner No. 3 for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, has administered road tests. For five years before that she conducted written driving tests as well as vision tests.

The Lone Ranger

Rosanna Arens was in the grocery business for 18 years. Five years ago, she made a midlife career change which ultimately led her to become Columbia’s first and only park ranger, a new position created by the city Parks and Recreation Department.

Baylor defense stifles Missouri

Frustration was Missouri coach Cindy Stein’s word of the night.

The disappointment was apparent after the Tigers 83-59 loss to No. 18 Baylor on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.

Workers return to 3M

Hoping to expand its business in the electronics and communications markets, 3M has rehired almost all of the manufacturing plant workers the company laid off last fall.

Marty Ingels, human resources manager for 3M, said all workers who were laid off were recalled, and most have chosen to return to work.

House nixes new name for SMSU

JEFFERSON CITY — Southwest Missouri State University’s name-change bid took a major step backward Wednesday when it was defeated in the House by a vote of 81-70.

Republicans — including one of the major House Republican leaders, Rep. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau — joined the opposition to the measure.

Guy sparks rally in Bruins’ victory

Rock Bridge’s Ashley Guy made her 3-pointers, while Smith-Cotton didn’t.

Guy’s shooting helped the Bruins come back to win 50-46 against the Tigers on Wednesday at Rock Bridge.

House committee recommends restrictions on liability lawsuit awards

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's House Judiciary Committee has sent to the full House a measure that would restrict liability lawsuit awards similar to the measure vetoed by the governor last year.

Bill would require photos for licenses

JEFFERSON CITY — Women would be prohibited from wearing veils for Missouri driver’s license photographs under a measure approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

The bill would require all Missouri driver’s license applicants to have their photographs taken. Currently applicants may abstain for religious reasons.

Desegregation case's impact examined

On Wednesday night at the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center, Dr. Phyllis Chase, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, addressed an audience of more than 50 people about the lingering impact of the 1954 Brown vs. The Topeka Board of Education court case.

Loss hides Bond’s comeback

The disappointment surrounding Missouri’s loss to Baylor on Wednesday overshadowed the much-anticipated return of LaToya Bond.

Bond, a 5-foot-7 sophomore who started at point guard in Missouri’s first 11 games, missed the Tigers’ past nine with a broken left foot.

Panel applies Bible to ‘just war’ theory

United Methodist Church Bishop Bruce Ough is asking some tough questions in a study guide from the church’s four-part series, “Seeking God’s Heart in Time of War.”

“Where is the voice of the church? Have we lost our voices?” the opening segments of the guide ask.

City to build subsidized housing on McBaine

With federal money granted to it a year ago by the city, the Columbia Housing Authority will build subsidized homes on two central-city lots it bought for $60,000.

Two neglected houses with aging white siding and yards littered with old tires and other debris stand on property on McBaine Avenue, just north of Ash Street. The houses and the wood fence that surround them stick out on a street of mostly well-kept small houses in the First Ward neighborhood.

Cougars’ Saxon moving up fast

Nahowan Saxon comes from an exotic, distant land where cricket and soccer are king. How does someone from Ashton Union Island, St. Vincent, wind up playing basketball for Columbia College?

“I’m better at cricket than I am at basketball, but in cricket it’s hard to get a scholarship,” Saxon said. “Basketball was my second thing, and that is how I pretty much got up here.”

MU soccer adds seven

Seven players have joined the Missouri women’s soccer team.

Columbia College exceeds goal by raising $11 million

Large gifts from prominent donors created the momentum needed to make Columbia College’s capital campaign a success, school officials said this week.

Columbia College has received nearly $11 million in its largest fund-raising effort to date, surpassing the campaign’s original aim of $10 million. The campaign commemorated the college’s 150th anniversary, celebrated during the 2000-2001 school year, and increased the size of the college’s endowment.