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Official scorers offer fond Hearnes memories

Most Missouri basketball fans would make quite a sacrifice to have a courtside seat at Missouri’s final regular-season game at Hearnes Center on Sunday.

The seven-person official scoring crew working at the Missouri and Kansas game will not only have what Mike Nichols calls the “best seats in the house’’ at the scorers’ table, but it also will get paid to be involved in the action.

Fast finish for Cougars

Players aren’t normally diving for loose balls at halftime, but Columbia College needed an energy boost after a lackadaisical start Tuesday night.

The Cougars beat Harris-Stowe State 91-56 in the first round of the American Midwest Conference women’s basketball tournament at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Millions more for MU

MU’s athletic department announced Tuesday that it received a $10 million gift to renovate facilities and fund student scholarships. The gift came from the Kansas City Sports Trust, a group of anonymous donors whose purpose is to support MU’s athletic program.

“This is a great day for the Tigers,” Mike Alden, MU director of athletics, said at a press conference in the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Similar situation, different direction

When Missouri visits Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock tonight, it might find something familiar.

If the Tigers squint hard enough, they might see themselves reflected in the Red Raiders. When Texas Tech hosts Missouri at 6:30 p.m., both teams will fight to earn a game that is vital to their postseason hopes.

Honkin’ good play

In the center of the stage, large white eggs begin to hatch and Ida’s brood of baby ducks emerge all yellow and orange and quacking — just like she expected.

But there is one odd and dark egg left to hatch, and when it does, the gray bird inside quickly realizes he’s different.

Ehlers blasts Tigers past Leathernecks

Late arrivals to Taylor Stadium missed the majority of the offense Tuesday night. Cody Ehlers’ two-run home run in the first inning was the difference as the Tigers defeated Western Illinois 2-1.

With two outs, Ehlers hit a ball to right field that easily cleared the fence and drove in Zane Taylor, who led off with a single. It was Ehlers’ third home run of the season.

Affordable-housing obstacles studied

Strengthening public policy and planning will help Columbia overcome affordable housing obstacles, according to a city consultant’s final report about Columbia’s housing market.

Dallas-based J-Quad and Associates presented its final report to the Housing Steering Committee on Tuesday. The firm mainly used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and from city or local housing agencies to compile the report.

Senate panel hears bill to bar Floyd’s consolidation plan

JEFFERSON CITY — Two members of the Senate Education Committee voiced support for a bill to prohibit the president of the University of Missouri system from occupying the position of a chancellor of an individual campus.

The bill was heard Tuesday by the committee.

Columbia honored with budget prize

For the eighth consecutive year, the city of Columbia has earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The GFOA also awarded the city a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. City Finance Director Lori Fleming said the city has received that award more than 20 years in a row.

Rocheport winery set to expand its facilities

Don’t call Curtis Bourgeois to reserve a room at the hotel in Rocheport — there’s no vacancy.

Bourgeois, part-owner of Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, is storing nearly all his inventory in the rooms of the rundown hotel adjacent to Les Bourgeois’ tasting room and gift shop.

Many incentives for Tigers

Much will be on the line for the Missouri women’s basketball team when it faces Texas A&M tonight in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Tip-off is at 7 at Reed Arena in College-Station, Texas, and a win against the Aggies could help the Tigers improve their seed in next week’s Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Trading cards show off Mo. River

A new trading card series entered the market Tuesday, but it doesn’t feature Alex Rodriguez in Yankee pinstripes.

It’s the fourth set in a card series created by the Department of Natural Resources highlighting Missouri’s natural wonders. But this year the cards are more specific — commemorating two local favorites, the Missouri River and the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

School forum discusses gay marriage

It was standing room only at Hickman High School’s Speak Your Mind Forum Tuesday night. More than 100 people attended the evening’s discussion about the legal issues concerning marriage and the religious ordination of gays and lesbians.

“This is a pretty hot topic in the news right now,” said Jimmy Janes, a senior at Hickman. “The idea that you want to restrict a group of people from achieving a pretty basic goal (of marriage) in society seems over the top.”

Missouri slugs to sweep of Oklahoma City

Missouri wanted to get it over with early.

The Tigers batted around in a six-run third inning to complete a doubleheader sweep against Oklahoma City on Tuesday at University Field.

On the fringe

In 1995, every woman wanted “the Rachel.” This year, some are still asking for it but with a different cut in mind. Some women might no longer envy Jennifer Aniston’s famous layers, but now seek to replicate her swooping bangs.

“With the new episode of ‘Friends,’ Rachel has the bangs, so that’s coming along,” said Brandy Slate, manager of Platinum Salon at 13 N. Tenth St.

Newton to coach Bruins

Beth Newton won’t have to travel far for her first high school volleyball head-coaching job.

Newton, an assistant at Hickman for the past two years, was named the Rock Bridge coach Tuesday.

Tigers lose playoff at golf tournament

The Missouri women’s golf team lost a playoff to Kansas State at the Texas A&M Mo’morial Invitational in College Station.

Both teams finished their final rounds with scores of 909 before the Wildcats won the playoff hole with a birdie.

Paving Kewpies’ path

It’s evident in a foot tapping, a head bobbing, lips moving.

It’s one thing Hickman coach Tonya Mirts has learned in the past four years: Her players love music. She lets them listen to it in the locker room, during practice, on the bus.

Methodists look to expand church property

With an eye on the needs of future parishioners, Missouri United Methodist Church is planning to grow.

The massive limestone church at Ninth and Locust streets is in the preliminary design phase of a projected $8.5 million expansion that would add about 40,000 square feet to its existing facilities, which now measure about 64,000 square feet, the Rev. Neal Lassinger said.

Jacobsen fighting for votes in 9th District

Linda Jacobsen has an uphill battle to fight against Kenny Hulshof, who has represented Missouri’s 9th District in the U.S. House for the last eight years.

Hulshof, a Republican who opposes gay marriage and supports President Bush’s tax-relief plan, will be fighting for a fifth term this November.

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