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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.

Handmade authenticity

As you drive down Stadium Boulevard, it’s easy to miss the Mexican restaurant La Tolteca, tucked away in the southeast corner of the Campus Inn building. Co-owner Carlos Hernandez says the authenticity of La Tolteca is what Columbia has been missing.

He said that almost none of the many Mexican restaurants in town serve truly authentic Mexican food.

Creativity in baking started at home

While many toddlers were struggling with simple things like ABCs and 1-2-3s, Rebekah Donelson was learning to cook.

“My mom started teaching me to cook when I was 3,” Donelson said.

Sheriff won’t issue new gun permits

Boone County gun owners will now have to go to Ashland or Hallsville if they want to apply for conceal-and-carry permits.

The sheriff’s department will not be accepting applications for conceal-and-carry permits, according to a department press release. The decision was made during a two-hour meeting Monday with Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm, the county’s legal adviser and the Ashland and Hallsville police chiefs.

Radio giant buys seven area stations

Premier Marketing Group announced Monday that it is selling its seven local radio stations to Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc. in a deal worth $38.75 million.

Pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission, Cumulus, the second largest U.S. radio broadcasting company, will take ownership of KFRU-AM, KBXR-FM, KOQL-FM, KPLA-FM, KBBM-FM, KLIK-AM and KJMO-FM by the end of the year. Cumulus will begin operating the stations immediately under a local marketing agreement with Premier.

Philips opponents fault City Council

Opponents of the Philips development fear the Columbia City Council has spent far too much time doing public business — in private.

At its meeting Monday night, as the council adopted a series of amendments to developer Elvin Sapp’s plans for the 489 acres in southeast Columbia, the public got its first chance to voice its opinions on the changes. Sapp wants the council to annex and zone the land to allow for nearly 2 million square feet of homes, businesses and office buildings.

Arena whistles while they work

Jim Henley has worked in construction for 25 years and says he’s never heard anything like it.

The construction project manager for MU came to work Monday morning on the new MU basketball arena prepared for the usual sounds of gravel crunching under tire wheels and the roar of truck engines. He never expected an industrial symphony.

Ticket trouble

When a family emergency kept MU senior Nick Ziegler commuting between Columbia and his hometown of Kansas City last month, the last thing on his mind was the coming MU men’s basketball game against Kansas.

After his family issues were resolved, Ziegler returned to Columbia on Feb. 20 and went to the Hearnes Center to pick up a ticket to the KU game as part of the All Sports Pass he bought at the beginning of the school year. But Ziegler’s student ticket, along with 2,099 others, had been sold to the general public.

Funds aid nutrition program

MU’s Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program has received the largest grant in its 10-year history from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

The grant, which is contingent upon matching funds from MU, will give the program $5.8 million this year and can be renewed for an additional four years.

Spring teams get seasons under way

After losing four of its top seven starters last year, the Rock Bridge tennis team will have an uncertain roster heading into its final season in the North Central Missouri Conference because the Bruins will become independent next season.

Although most of the starters will be determined after intrasquad match play in practice this month, coach Ben Loeb is confident that senior Jon-Eric Meyer will lead his singles team.

Price of finale tickets is dear

Greg Winscott, who works in the ticket office at the Hearnes Center, has been doing his share of apologizing lately.

The calls keep coming from fans in search of the hottest ticket in town: the last men’s basketball game in the Hearnes Center on Sunday against the Kansas Jayhawks.

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