Kewpies roll

JEFFERSON CITY – After a week and a half layoff, senior guard Jodi Bolerjack said Hickman was worried it wouldn’t be as sharp as usual.

It took three early misses and the rust disappeared.

Columbia Transit hosts hearing on proposed bus route changes

Columbia Transit held its first public information hearing on the proposed bus route changes Thursday night. A small group of residents attended the hearing to learn more about the route changes and discuss their concerns.

High court upholds concealed gun law

JEFFERSON CITY — Missourians won the right to carry concealed guns Thursday, but it’s unclear whether they will be able to do it anytime soon.

That’s because the Missouri Supreme Court said the state’s concealed weapons law could amount to an unconstitutional, unfunded mandate — a state-imposed program that requires county governments to pick up the tab.

Guilty verdict in local murder

After deliberating for less than three hours Thursday, a Boone County jury found Lucille Faith Duncan guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend, James Pruitt.

During closing arguments, Boone County prosecuting attorney Kevin Crane stood near the bloodstained car seat Pruitt was occupying when he died and told jurors that Duncan, 37, showed “cool reflection and deliberation” in planning and carrying out the murder with her brother, Gerald Alan Duncan. He has been accused of shooting Pruitt as he sat in the front seat of Lucille Duncan’s car and is scheduled to stand trial for first-degree murder in April.

New city logo draws mixed reaction

Almost two years and $45,000 after it began, the quest for a new city of Columbia logo has ended. Framed as an attempt to capture the spirit of today’s Columbia, the Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes the logo will help attract people by representing the city’s “cosmopolitan appeal.”

At Tuesday’s unveiling, Mayor Darwin Hindman said, “Will people make fun of it? I hope they do. If people are talking about it, that’s good.”

Caucus turnout sparse

The way Democrats begin selecting delegates for its national convention is similar to the way a coach recruits players. But the legislative district caucuses held statewide Thursday night were lacking one key ingredient: warm bodies.

In Boone County, not enough Democrats turned out to fill the party’s roster, turning almost every caucus attendee into a de facto delegate. Caucus organizers said they were hardly surprised, especially considering the largely ceremonial role delegates have come to play in the presidential selection process.

Wherever it is, Missouri mirrors U.S.

In this presidential election cycle, where each state gets a primary spotlight, Missouri stands out because it’s average.

“As Missouri goes, so goes the vote for the national presidency,” said Walter Schroeder, a former MU geography professor who calls the state America’s bellwether. “No other state comes that close to being the nation’s average.”

Study: I-70 options hamper businesses

Plans to widen Interstate 70 to eight lanes through Columbia could cause many businesses to relocate and those that stay to lose significant numbers of customers, according to a consultant’s study.

The report by CH2MHill, a consulting company, described the potential impact of the I-70 project on Columbia businesses.

Bruins look to future

JEFFERSON CITY – After losing to Hickman, a number of Rock Bridge players exited the locker room with teary red eyes while carrying plates of cake.

Although the Class 5 District 10 semifinal loss at Helias wasn’t cause for celebration, the occasion was, for sophomore Cameo Holly turned 16 on Thursday.

Experimenting with ecstasy

One little pill.

It is about the size of an aspirin and comes in a range of colors, including baby blue, frog green, canary yellow and plain white.

Experts predict a cougar comeback

Cougars are listed on Missouri’s endangered and protected species list, but new DNA evidence suggests the cats might be making a comeback. “An increase in trends leads us to believe the population will increase,” said Dave Hamilton, research biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

A preliminary necropsy done on a cougar killed last August in Callaway County indicated it had migrated to central Missouri from the West. DNA tests received last week from Central Michigan University provided more evidence that confirms the cat came from the wild in North America.

A nurse by heart

An African woman gives birth at a maternal HIV clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. Foreign doctors sweep her newborn away, and return shortly to tell her that her baby has died.

The mother accepts the news and hurries home to care for her four other children. She knows she must make the most of the time she has left — she has AIDS and no treatment is available.

Ambulance fleet grows with demand

University Hospital unveiled one of its two new emergency response vehicles Thursday.

The new ambulances, which are larger than the hospital’s existing vehicles and painted a different color, were received by the hospital Feb. 13 and are expected to be in use beginning next month.

Tigers can't dwell on win

Remembering to look forward is the riskiest business of riding the adrenaline wave of five consecutive wins.

Minutes after Tuesday’s overtime thriller against Oklahoma State, every Missouri player started shaking off the seventh-heaven satisfaction to focus on the next Big 12 Conference challenge.

High-level learning

Students involved in the Young Astronauts Club at Benton Elementary School finally found out what effects space would have on everyday materials when they visited the headquarters of the Columbia Aeronautic and Space Association on Thursday.

CASA is a student-run program completing its 16th annual aerospace simulation at Hickman High School. Thursday’s visit was the result of an exchange between the Young Astronauts and CASA students and involved a simulation of an actual experiment NASA launched in July 2001.

Tigers get last chance to break home slump

It’s a good thing the Missouri women’s basketball team is moving to a new arena next season.

The Tigers have not won at Hearnes Center in more than a month and are having better success on the road against Big 12 Conference opponents than at home.

Amos propels Cougars

Andre Amos is a nice guy, but he doesn’t take insults lightly.

His incredible long-range shooting helped the Cougars beat Williams Baptist (Ark.) 89-46 on Thursday at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The Cougars’ win keeps them tied with Missouri Baptist for the American Midwest Conference lead. Missouri Baptist beat Harris Stowe State 119-82 on Thursday.

Pitching, defense give MU fine start

The road has been a comfortable place for the Missouri baseball team.

After playing three games in Phoenix and four in South Carolina, the Tigers will play their first home game tonight against Youngstown State.

A good shot

Not even a wall can contain Christian Cantwell.

A week ago today during morning practice, Cantwell, a former Missouri shot putter, threw the shot over the wall designed to stop throws from rolling across the infield. Most throws roll gently into the wall, which is about 80 feet away, but his throw bounced over.

Boone County sheriff to hold off for now as ruling causes confusion

Despite Thursday’s ruling that upholds the constitutionality of Missouri’s conceal-and-carry law, Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm said he will hold off on issuing permits.

Boehm said he will follow the advice of Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, who suggested in the wake of Thursday’s ruling by the state Supreme Court that sheriffs should wait until lawmakers address whether the law imposes unfunded mandates on Missouri counties before issuing permits.