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Mayoral candidates debate

How to deal with Columbia as a growing city, both in size and population, was the focal point of a town hall meeting featuring Mayor Darwin Hindman and mayoral candidates Arch Brooks and John Clark on Tuesday afternoon.

A small crowd gathered at the Cherry Street Artisan coffee shop, 111 South Ninth St., for the meeting. KFRU/1400 AM broadcast it live, and it was moderated by the station’s talk show hosts Chris Kellogg and David Lile.

County doles project money

While Columbia again received the biggest share of revenue-sharing money from the county’s half-cent sales tax for roads this year, the program is even more important to the county’s smaller towns, Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller said.

The Boone County Commission distributed the money earlier this month, handing out $683,760 of the $2.88 million requested. Columbia received $292,500, or about 43 percent of the total, for a future westward extension of Chapel Hill Road that will cost an estimated $2.5 million.

Home-grown harmony

Instead of perusing the produce section of the grocery store to select summer and fall vegetables, Sandra Abell and her son often head to the fields. Their destination: Terra Bella Farm in Auxvasse, owned by DeLisa Lewis and Holly Roberson.

“We enjoy visiting the farm and meeting the farmers,” said Abell, who attends special events at Terra Bella with her son. “The production of food is not an abstraction for him.”

Six hospitalized after I-70 crash

Six people were hospitalized Tuesday morning after a five-car accident on Interstate 70.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. on I-70 westbound at Hominy Branch Creek, about two miles east of the U.S. 63 interchange, and it closed I-70 westbound for more than an hour.

Highway patrol lacks troopers

ST. JOSEPH — A lack of troopers is forcing Missouri State Highway Patrol offices across the state to use high-ranking officers on patrol duty and disband some special operations teams.

The patrol blames the shortage on the lagging economy, relatively low pay for troopers, a lack of recruits and losing some troopers to military duty.

AFL-CIO kicks off bus tour for jobless

The “Show Us the Jobs” cross-country bus tour begins today with a rally to highlight the job crisis in America. The tour is sponsored by the AFL-CIO and Working America, an affiliate.

Among the concerns to be addressed by the AFL-CIO are health care for the unemployed, greater personal hardship as a result of poverty and the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries.

Firefighters laud entry system

An emergency entry system is being praised for its role in allowing firefighters to extinguish a three-alarm fire at the USDA Research Center on the MU campus late Monday.

Fire officials are crediting the system with helping them contain the fire on South Providence Road, which prevented further damage to the center and surrounding buildings.

MU’s mixed message

At the end of the 2003-04 season, the Missouri women’s basketball team finds itself at a crossroads.

Inconsistency plagued the Tigers’ 17-13 season, but the Tigers achieved measured success.

Standout scorer benched

Basketball fans crave marquee individual matchups.

Thursday’s first-round NAIA Championship Tournament game between Columbia College and Oklahoma City was supposed to feature two of the nation’s premier scorers.

Weather no longer a problem

Outdoor athletes of all kinds share a common opponent: inclement weather.

Stepping on the field can be a challenge in mid-Missouri’s often unpredictable climate. The opportunity to play without braving cold or rain is growing for some athletes.

Opponents gave Tigers tough tests

All season Big 12 Conference coaches praised the talent and competition their teams faced in the league.

When choosing the best players Missouri faced this year, it would be easy to pick Kansas State’s front four of Kendra Wecker, Laurie Koehn, Nicole Ohlde and Megan Mahoney. To do so, though, would overlook many other great players.

A white liquor

As 1.3 billion Chinese know, Moutai, also known as Maotai — China’s most famous white liquor — is a drink with a reputation based on its unique flavor and fragrance.

An anecdote circulated among the Chinese gives an idea of Moutai’s magic:

Spring cleaning for the skin

Spring is here, meaning sunny skies and warmer temperatures are on their way. But the windy, dry conditions of winter are not completely gone, and for many, that means continuing to deal with dry skin.

Winter itch leaves the skin feeling dry, scaly, ashy, itchy and pale, and with each day, the itch can become more of an annoyance.

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