Health care in a Winnebago

A big sign on the side of this Winnebago tells you its not Grandma and Grandpa on their way to Arizona. “Missouri Mobile Health,” the bold letters declare.

Inside, faculty and students from MU’s School of Health Professions are on their way to rural Missouri to provide free, preventive health care to the underinsured.

Officer on leave tied to victim

An officer with the Columbia Police Department is on paid leave because of his personal relationship with homicide victim Jesse Valencia, Police Chief Randy Boehm said Wednesday.

Boehm declined to name the officer, who he said came forward after investigators had received numerous tips about a relationship between Valencia and a member of the force.

MU may join athletics reform group

Today, the MU Faculty Council may take another step toward athletics reform on campus and nationwide.

At its afternoon meeting, the council is expected to discuss joining the Coalition On Intercollegiate Athletics, an alliance of faculty senates at Division 1-A schools working to develop athletics reform guidelines on a national level and on a local level for every registered institution.

Fayette extras get chance to see film

The extras who have waited more than a year to see the movie filmed in Fayette last summer will now have a chance to look for themselves on the big screen.

The movie “Killer Diller” — originally named “Bottleneck” — is expected to be shown in Columbia on either July 12 or 14, depending on theater availability. It will also be in St. Louis on July 11 as part of the 4th Annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre.

Leaders to honor Reagan locally

President Ronald Reagan’s funeral Friday in Washington will be commemorated locally with ceremonies in Columbia and Fulton.

A ceremony will take place from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday at the Courthouse Square on Walnut Street. Geoffrey Preckshot, his wife, Rita Preckshot, and a group of local volunteers are organizing the event as a way to honor the legacy of the former president.

Missouri to observe national day of mourning

JEFFERSON CITY — The decision to close state government Friday in honor of Ronald Reagan will cost about $10 million in both regular payroll and extra overtime costs, state officials said Wednesday.

Gov. Bob Holden announced earlier this week that most Missouri state offices will close Friday and most employees will have the day off as part of a national day of mourning for the former president.

Capital mourns Reagan

WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital began saying goodbye to Ronald Reagan on Wednesday, citizens celebrating the 40th president’s common touch, Congress marking his achievements and all engaged in the high and rare pageantry of America’s first presidential state funeral in three decades.

Reagan’s body, escorted by his wife Nancy and his children, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland from California to close the first chapter in a week of remembrance. More than 100,000 people had paid respects to Reagan in his presidential hilltop library, in advance of his lying in state at the Capitol beginning Wednesday night.

Lagoons plague Prathersville

When Sherri Martin looks out her window, all she sees is a stream of sewage running down an embankment through her back yard on North Wagon Trail Road. It’s a problem she’s been dealing with for two years.

“My yard looks like hogslop, and it smells as bad,” said Martin.

Cellular drive to benefit animals

The Central Missouri Humane Society wants to keep cellular phones out of local landfills and dusty desk drawers, making a little extra money in the process.

The nonprofit organization will be collecting old cell phones for the next several months as a fund-raiser to help the society’s bottom line. Once the phones accumulate, they will be sent to a wireless collection company in return for a check. Every cell phone collected brings up to $20 to the organization, depending on the age of the phone.

Banquet will honor Chamber

Providing support for re-zoning the Philips tract has been recognized as one of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s highlights of the year by Chairperson Karen Taylor. “I really believe we had a significant influence during the city council meetings, and played a big part in that decision,” Taylor said.

The Chamber of Commerce will celebrate this and other accomplishments at the 99th annual meeting and awards banquet tonight at an event being called “Viva Las Chamber.”

Schools hope more cameras on buses will increase safety

Columbia Public Schools will attempt to increase safety on buses this year by adding more security cameras, at a cost of $15,125 on top of what is already spent on bus transportation.

The item is part of the 2004-2005 proposed budget to be presented this evening at a meeting of the Columbia School Board.

Cardinals slam Cubs

CHICAGO — A grand slam, a bunch of runs and some tight pitches that caused a bench-clearing fracas.

St. Louis’ 12-4 victory Wednesday was just another day in the old, heated rivalry between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.

Jones inquiry continues

Although Marion Jones was not among four athletes to receive letters of possible drug violations, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency isn’t done with her.

The sweeping drug scandal, which has taken down four top track athletes, threatens to bar several more, and the sport’s biggest star, Jones, remains under investigation.

Mavericks defeat Grizzlies for third victory

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks routed the Gateway Grizzlies 10-3 on Wednesday in Sauget, Ill.

The Mavericks (3-16) scored in the first five innings to build 6-3 lead and had five consecutive hits in a four-run seventh. The Mavericks outhit the Grizzlies 14-8.