MU police conduct saturation patrol

Funding from the Wellness Resource Center has allowed the MU Police Department to conduct another saturation patrol, which led to arrests for 28 violations, said Capt. Brian Weimer.

Panel reviews treatment of minorities

Local journalism figures took a critical look at the treatment of minorities in the media Wednesday during a panel discussion of the same name at 7:30 p.m. in MU's Conservation Hall.

Tigers take Wood Bat Classic

O'FALLON-Missouri designated hitter Bo Davis did something Wednesday night that is near impossible any other game of the season. He broke his bat.

Education funds move forward

JEFFERSON CITY — Higher and lower education were big winners in Missouri budget negotiations Wednesday, as both received increases over the current fiscal year.

Higher education funding received an increase of around $20 million over the current year. Public schools got a boost with a $106 million increase for the foundation formula. The formula distributes state aid to elementary and secondary schools across the state.

Rock Bridge too fast

Shawnee Mission used size to level Rock Bridge every chance it got.

The Bruins used their speed to sidestep the Raiders.

Bond funds move forward

JEFFERSON CITY — A multi-hundred million dollar bond, slated for higher education “life science” construction projects statewide, took a step forward Wednesday evening when the Senate gave the bill first-round approval.

Although the bill won preliminary approval, several provisions were added that could cause it to face strong opposition in the House, including:

Jackson’s slam puts Kewps back in swing

After its worse home loss of the season Monday, Hickman was looking for some offensive production Wednesday against Southern Boone.

The Kewpies found it in Justin Jackson, whose two home runs, including a grand slam, led Hickman to a 9-3 win at Hickman Field.

Hickman overcomes Helias ace

Helias’ Todd Schonhardt gave himself a great birthday present Wednesday.

Schonhardt hit a hole in one on his 18th birthday with a pitching wedge on the par-3 10th hole at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

Parent-teacher communication a high priority

For the Columbia Public School District, parents are the key to bridging student achievement gaps. Parents said Wednesday that better communication between educators and parents is the solution.

The district sponsored a parent forum Wednesday to hear what parents of struggling students thought were the reasons for differences in student success and what can be done to address them. The main disparity discussed at the meeting was the one between black and white students.

Cardinals fade for ninth loss at home

ST. LOUIS — Pinch-runner Marlon Byrd scored on an infield grounder to snap a tie in the ninth and rookie Ryan Madson threw four innings of one-hit relief, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-3 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Edgar Renteria had two RBIs for the Cardinals, who fell to 3-9 at home. That’s their worst start since they were 3-9 in 1990.

Kerry changes plans, sets up trip to Fulton

The battle to win Missouri in this year’s presidential election continues Friday in Fulton, where Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will speak at 1 p.m. in the Westminster College gymnasium.

Kerry had planned to make a campaign stop in Springfield on Friday. But his plans changed Tuesday, a day after Vice President Dick Cheney attacked Kerry’s political record on the floor of the college’s gymnasium. After Cheney’s speech, Westminster College President Fletcher Lamkin invited Kerry to speak to students, staff, faculty and trustees.

New program receives first commitments

No one can accuse Steve Paxton of procrastinating.

Paxton, the Missouri wheelchair basketball coach, has been on the job for two months and has his first two commitments for the team’s inaugural season next year.

Moving ahead

Two days before the Big 12 Conference Championship, Yelena Olshanskaya isn’t sure whom Missouri will face in the first round. She knows coach Blake Starkey has told her, but she can’t quite remember.

“I don’t even care who we’re playing, I’m just going to go out there and try,” she said. “We can be playing a No. 1 seed or No. 23 seed; we just have to go out there and do our thing.”

Mayes ready for trip home

Missouri is heading into unfamiliar territory. Most of the team, that is.

The Tigers will compete in the Big 12 Conference Outdoor Championships today through Saturday in Norman, Okla. It is Missouri’s first trip to Norman since 1992.

Family Roots

Ruth Arbuckle has to hold the “Historical Edition Columbia Missouri Herald” so close that the weathered pages brush her nose. But she can still read the 1895 account of Boone County’s history — the tale of a community her ancestors helped to define.

“They are why Columbia has become what it is,” Deborah Thompson, director of the Boone County Historical Society, said of the Gordons and similar families.

Hook, line and finger

JEFFERSON CITY — It’s illegal, but it happens: People jump into rivers and lakes, blindly stick their hands into logs or dark holes and pull out big fish by their mouths.

The practice is called “noodling,” and the Missouri Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would legalize it in a limited form by allowing hand fishing for catfish and carp during June and July.

Fetal alcohol syndrome clinic in works

It’s more prevalent than Down Syndrome, spina bifida or fragile X syndrome. It’s fetal alcohol syndrome, or FAS, and MU will soon be home to the state’s first clinic specializing in its diagnosis and intervention.

The clinic is scheduled to open in September. The project is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was obtained through the Missouri Department of Health. Its focus will stay on FAS, the condition afflicting children whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy.

Disposal of meth cited as working

KANSAS CITY— Missouri’s new system of disposing of waste from methamphetamine labs has saved the state millions of dollars and reduced the chances of toxic chemicals from meth production causing environmental problems, Gov. Bob Holden said Wednesday.

The Clandestine Drug Lab Collection Station Program, set up by the Department of Public Safety, is available to any public agency in Missouri. Its 20 specially designed facilities, at locations around the state, are stocked with equipment and supplies ranging from chemical test kits to protective clothing.

Recycling redoubled

Finding an environmentally friendly way to dispose of bottles, cans, paper or even printer cartridges will soon be easier on the MU campus.

Campus Facilities is expanding campus recycling by adding 50 beverage recycling containers in academic and administration buildings. Each bin is estimated to cost about $125, for a total of $6,250. The student fee capital appropriation committee approved spending on these containers. Associate Director of Campus Facilities Phil Shocklee, who is also chairman of the Campus Recycling Committee, expects these to be in place this summer.

Check mates

Columbia has become a battleground for kings and queens. That is, a battleground for a thriving chess community.

Players engage in chess combat with one another in order to increase their ratings, win tournaments, earn money and have fun. This is the story of five Columbia chess players.