Death penalty ruled out in Rios case

Special prosecutor Morley Swingle will not pursue the death penalty for murder suspect Steven Rios.

In a court notice filed last week, Swingle said the state had no evidence to support any of the statutory aggravating circumstances required to pursue capital punishment in Missouri.

Autopsy number rises in county

Valerie Rao was shocked when she became the medical examiner for Boone and Callaway Counties. The medical examiner’s office wasn’t conducting autopsies after every death that was not of natural causes.

“I came here and my eyeballs nearly came out of my head,” Rao said. “They’re medical examiner’s cases. That’s my understanding of the law.”

Getting off the ground

When Diane Patrick decided to expand her home-based day-care business, she had no idea how big her dream would grow.

But with the help of a new microloan program from Columbia’s nonprofit Enterprise Development Corp., Patrick’s dreams have materialized in the form of the 4,400-square-foot child-care center nearing completion at 404 McBaine Ave.

Trojans upend Tigers

TROY, Ala.— Road struggles continued for the Missouri football team under Gary Pinkel.

The No. 19 Tigers lost 24-14 to unranked Troy University on Thursday night, dropping Pinkel’s road record to 4-12 in his four seasons at Missouri. A record crowd of 26,574 packed Movie Gallery Stadium in Troy to watch the Trojans defeat the favored Tigers (1-1) in nationally televised game on ESPN2.

President, Ditmore talk tort reform

Mike Ditmore’s stance on tort reform got him some extra attention from President Bush on Tuesday.

The thousands of people waiting for Bush to speak at the Boone County Fairgrounds probably didn’t notice when Ditmore, the Republican candidate for the 19th District state Senate seat, slipped away from the bleachers. Secret Service agents escorted him to the grounds’ main entrance, where he boarded Bush’s bus and talked with the president about one of the main issues in both their campaigns.

Campaign for children tours state

Leaders from two advocate groups for Missouri’s children rode a school bus across Missouri Thursday — including a stop in Columbia at West Junior High School — to begin the “Missouri’s No. 1 Question Campaign.”

The two groups, Partnership for Children and Citizens for Missouri’s Children, say the No. 1 question for voters and politicians should be, “Is it good for the children?”

Bruins aim to limit strong Tiger offense

A different group of Tigers will be in Columbia when Smith-Cotton visits the Rock Bridge Bruins at 7 p.m. today.

Led by senior quarterback Michael Franklin, Smith-Cotton (1-0) scored 47 points in its victory against the Springfield Parkview Vikings on Sept. 3. Franklin, a second-year starter, ran for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another score. Running backs Demario Claxton and Alex Foote each had more than 100 yards on the ground.

Show to offer old-time fun

Those wishing to step back in time to an era when steam still powered the farm don’t have to travel far this weekend. Just a short drive down Interstate 70, Brady Showgrounds near Boonville will showcase early American farming equipment from a time when self-propelled steam engines pulled the plows and powered threshing machines.

The festivities began Thursday at the 41st annual “Back to the Farm Reunion” show put on by the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association.

Series aims to polish science’s image

Science can be cool.

That’s the message behind Saturday Morning Science, an MU lecture series designed to broaden an understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Kewpies’ Perkins ready to step up

As he threw passes to his teammates during summer seven-on-seven drills, Hickman’s Andrew Perkins, a junior quarterback, did not expect to see that practice come into play so early in the season.

When senior Blake Tekotte, who was Hickman’s returning starter at quarterback, went down with an injury early in the first quarter during the season opener Sept. 3, Perkins showed few signs of inexperience.

Bruins volleyball loses to Boonville

It's not typical that a team is happier with its performance after a loss than a win. Then again, Rock Bridge isn't your typical volleyball team.

The Bruins fell 25-18, 25-23 to the Boonville Pirates on Thursday but coach Beth Newton said she was happier with her team's play then she was after its victory against Montgomery County two days ago.

Bruins' softball falls to Kirksville

Rock Bridge softball coach Jennifer Mast never likes to see her team trailing early.

So she knew the Bruins were in trouble Thursday night when Kirksville opened the game with a four-run first inning.

Trojans cut off MU offense

TROY, Ala. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has said to become a good team, the Tigers needed to have consecutive strong offensive showings.

After Thursday, Pinkel’s team had not accomplished that goal. An offense that appeared dominant at times last week failed to move the ball consistently in the Tigers’ 24-14 loss at Troy State on Thursday night.

Stephens College volleyball off to a good start

Midway through the third game against visiting Missouri Valley, the Stephens College volleyball team showed a flash of brilliance.

Trailing 14-9, the Stars fought off several hard spikes from Missouri Valley and used some impressive passing to take control of the point, finishing with a tip by senior Freda West.

Trojan trickery topples Tigers

Jason Samples completed the biggest pass of the night for Troy State University and also caught the touchdown that put the final touches on the Trojans’ 24-14 upset victory against No. 19 Missouri.

The Trojans’ offense struggled in the first quarter. Troy State did not pick up a first down until 9:22 remained in the first half. Samples, a senior wide receiver, made a clutch throw on a gutsy trick play as the Trojans reached the end zone for the first time.

Bike tour aims to raise money for multiple sclerosis

Craig Snethen of Fulton will mount his bike and pedal away from Midway Expo Center at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for a 75-mile trek through Missouri's heartland.

He won't be alone. More than 2,500 cyclists will join Snethen for Day 1 of the 20th annual MS 150 Bike Tour which raises money to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.