Peterson to open Show-Me Games

Derrick Peterson, a former Missouri track standout who will compete in the 800-meter run at next month’s Olympics in Athens, Greece, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies for the Show-Me State Games. He will speak at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

It is the 20th summer the Games, an Olympic-style festival for Missouri amateur athletes of all ages, will be held in Columbia. Competition takes place for the next three weekends at sites throughout the city.

More power

For the first time in more than two decades, Columbia residents and businesses face rising electric rates as a result of unbalanced energy supply and demand in mid-Missouri.

In early June, the Water and Light Advisory Board recommended the consulting firm R.W. Beck review Columbia’s electricity needs. This study, completed July 1, estimated Columbia will need an additional 75 to 150 megawatts of capacity between 2008 and 2020 as the city’s peak energy load increases.

Mother charged in infant deaths

A Moberly woman was arrested Thursday morning and charged with murder in connection with the deaths just over a year apart of her two infant children.

Carla Clay, 23, was arraigned before Randolph County Associate Circut Judge Scott Haynes Thursday afternoon on two counts of first-degree murder. She is being held on $1 million bond in the Randolph County Jail.

Cheney to campaign Monday in Columbia

Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Columbia on Monday to tout the administration’s agenda and shore up support in a presidential battleground state.

Cheney will speak at a campaign event at Boone County Millwork showroom and production facility on Vandiver Drive, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Bush-Cheney campaign. “The vice president will talk about the importance of continuing the administration’s optimistic agenda and the progress being made as a result of the president’s leadership,” said Tracey Schmitt, a Bush-Cheney spokeswoman.

Democrats debate in House races

Even the Democratic candidates for the 24th and 25th District House races admitted it’s been tough to distinguish the differences among them.

“We’re all good, progressive, Democratic candidates ... so wherein lies the difference?” Mike Blum, a candidate for the 25th District, said in his opening remarks at a Thursday night debate leading up to the Aug. 3 primary.

Teens to hold activist meeting

Isaiah Taylor empties his pockets as he looks for the list of panelists for Saturday’s Youth Activist Conference.

As the 19-year-old begins to sort through the scraps of paper, fellow conference organizer Sarah Whites-Koditschek chimes in playfully.

A good room for mushroom

Brad Bomanz loves mushrooms. He loves to cook with them and he loves to eat them. He also loves to collect them, a passion he traces back to his childhood.

Bomanz is a member of the Missouri Mycological Society, referred to as MOMS. It started in 1986 as a small group of amateur mushroom researchers and hunters. Now a chapter of the North American Mycological Society, MOMS has about 150 mushroom lovers.

Columbia School District asks for appeal in tax case

Lawyers for the two defendants in a property-tax lawsuit against the Columbia School District have asked the Missouri Supreme Court to hear the case following an unfavorable decision by an appeals court.

Alex Bartlett, attorney for the Columbia School District, and John Patton, attorney for Boone County Collector Pat Lensmeyer, each filed on Wednesday an application for transfer with the Supreme Court. A decision on whether to hear the case will likely come on the court’s next hand-down date, Aug. 24, although the Supreme Court clerk’s office said the decision could come earlier.

Climbing wall retrial set for late August

Local climbing wall owner Marcus Floyd will face a retrial set for Aug. 24.

Judge Gene Hamilton of the 13th Judicial Court overruled a motion for Floyd’s acquittal, which his defense attorneys raised at a motion hearing last week.

Awareness key goal of poverty game

Participants in the “Creating our Future Together” forum will be playing with fake money, a utility company and a jail this weekend, but they will not be sitting around a Monopoly board. Instead, they will be role-playing in the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” poverty simulation hosted by the Columbia/Boone County Community Partnership.

To the more than 13,000 Boone County residents the 2000 U.S. Census says are living at or below the federal poverty level, however, being poor is much more than a game.

New BCS formula unveiled

After Thursday, people might not be able to substitute “confusion” for the C in BCS.

A “complete re-evaluation” of the Bowl Championship Series has prompted sweeping changes to the formula that selects the participants in the college football’s national championship game. The system places a greater emphasis on human voters and no longer includes the strength of schedule, quality win and loss components in the formula.

Pujols, Rolen lift Cardinals

CINCINNATI — Matt Morris knew he had a chance, even after a rough first inning.

Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen each hit two-run home runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Strickland fails at Trials

Missouri senior Janae Strickland failed to reach the women’s shot put finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., finishing 15th in Thursday’s preliminaries.

In her final meet as a Tiger, Strickland’s threw 50 feet, one-half inch in her third and final throw.

Finance disclosures reveal Holden leading by millions

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Bob Holden outspent Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill and yet had 10 times as much money in the bank heading into the final month before the Aug. 3 primary elections, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.

A McCaskill spokesman said the cash discrepancy was due partly to the fact her campaign already had paid for TV ads to run through the election.