Making it to the top of the waiting list for Section 8 vouchers is only part of the battle for families who need housing assistance. Once they get the vouchers, they have to find landlords who accept them.

That’s becoming increasingly difficult. The shortage of landlords who accept the vouchers and the deterioration of some neighborhoods with a high concentration of Section 8 residents can be attributed to bad landlords, bad tenants or both.

Debut spoiled

It was Jim Gentile’s first game as the Mid-Missouri Mavericks manager, and the job proved to be a tough one.

Gentile lost in his debut when the Evansville Otters defeated the Mavericks 9-6 in 10 innings at Taylor Stadium on Tuesday in a Frontier League game.

Boone judge taps special prosecutor in Rios inquiry

A Boone County judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to handle any charges filed against former Columbia police officer Steven Rios, who had a personal relationship with slain MU student Jesse Valencia.

Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane said he asked for the appointment to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given Rios’ role as a police witness. “Mr. Rios was a witness in a number of past and pending cases filed by my office,” Crane said.

Inmates to get aid for medical care

When an inmate enters the Boone County Jail, Medicare and Medicaid will not cover injury or illness, so resources to pay medical bills are limited.

Now, physicians who provide medical care for inmates will be paid by the county about 36 percent of the bill. The rate is equivalent to what Medicare or Medicaid would pay.

MU names golf coach

Mark Leroux was named Missouri’s men’s golf coach Tuesday.

Leroux moves to MU after coaching the men’s and women’s teams at Austin Peay University. In seven years as coach of the men’s team, he led it to an Ohio Valley Conference championship, as well as the school’s first NCAA Regional appearance, in 2001.

Warrant issued in shooting

Boone County prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect in a Friday evening shooting on McBaine Avenue.

Columbia police requested a warrant Tuesday for Raymond D. Franklin, 17. Franklin was arrested earlier this month in connection with a shooting at Columbia Mall. Capt. Moon McCrary said there was no indication that the two shootings were connected.

Cubs take first game from Cards

ST. LOUIS — Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out, two-run double off closer Jason Isringhausen in the eighth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

The Cubs have won nine of 10 to cut the Cardinals’ NL Central lead to one game. The Cardinals have won 15 of 21 but lost their past two. Two games are left in the series.

Weaving rugs of concrete

Jean Haislip is in the process of weaving a brown, green and gold rug on her front porch. Literally, ON her front porch. She is weaving her thread with brush strokes and will fasten it in place with four coats of water sealant. Haislip began painting outdoor rugs two years ago.

“I had a rug on the front porch, and every time it would rain, it seemed like all the worms knew where that rug was. I’d have to roll it up and take it in the backyard and wash it and everything, so one day I decided I was through with it,” Haislip said.

Politics brings influx of ads on TV, radio

Robert Totsch, director of sales at St. Louis’ KMOV-TV, said the city is a “Gettysburg” of political advertising. He said early estimates hint the St. Louis market could garner $35 million or more. He said that is up 5 percent from the 2000 election when St. Louis was the No. 1-market for political advertising in the United States, according to The Brennan Center for Justice.

Kansas City ranks No. 3 in the national market for political advertising, The Brennan Center for Justice reported, and the rest of the state is full of potential targets.

Formaldehyde in clothes?

As summer shopping heats up, two kinds of customers are doing most of the purchasing. However, the line dividing the customers has nothing to do with rich versus poor or those who are appalled at the 1980s fashion comeback versus those who are happy to time warp two decades.

No, the real debate is between those who wash new clothes before they wear them and those who wear them new. Lori Jackson of Buckland is a washer.

Future voters spread anti-Bush message

During the Twilight Festival on Thursday nights, political campaign headquarters move to downtown Columbia in an effort to reach out to as many voters as possible.

Outside the Democratic headquarters on Walnut Street, the College Democrats of MU pass out lollipops and stickers endorsing Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Just a few feet away, Lucia Bourgeois and Jennifer Good hand out bumper stickers that say, “My Child Is A Future Voter Against Bush.”

Police gatherings on HQ roof concern chief

Former Columbia police officer Steven Rios attended a “social gathering” the night Jesse Valencia was killed, according to an affidavit used to search his home, and some of those in attendance were later questioned by a homicide detective.

What the document doesn’t say is that the gathering occurred on the roof of police headquarters at 600 E. Walnut St.

Prosecutor told to expect arrest warrant for Rios

Columbia Police Department detectives told Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane nearly a week ago that a warrant for the arrest of former officer Steven Rios would be forwarded to the prosecutor's office.