Early voting specifics debated

Three candidates for Missouri secretary of state agreed early voting should be implemented but differed on how soon and how ballots would be cast in a debate Sunday night at Stephens College.

Democratic nominee Robin Carnahan and Republican nominee and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway participated in a debate Thursday in Clayton. On Sunday, they were joined for the first time by Libertarian candidate Christopher Davis. Constitution party candidate Donna Ivanovich was unable to attend.


For the past 21/2 years , Stephanie White Thorn, director of Graduate Student Services, had been studying at the MU School of Law while working full time. Things changed this month when White Thorn shed some of her responsibilities to her co-workers and stopped working a full-time work schedule.

“If I could go back in time, I would definitely choose to attend law school just the same,” she said. “But I would not have done it as a full-time worker.”

Going for broke

Glenn Rehn collects two things in bulk — organic dairy products and bumper stickers.

Both are perks of being a general merchandise stocker at Hy-Vee. The former is because he gets the chance to take home expired merchandise, and the latter because Rehn uses a serious chunk of his paycheck to buy buttons, stickers and rally signs bearing the American-flagged logo of a certain presidential campaign.

Mid-Mo. partisans step up donations

Presto. All it took was a computer, an Internet connection and $250 billed straight to her credit card.

Donating to a presidential campaign had never been so easy for Janet Breid: Just a few clicks of a mouse and the Columbia retiree became part of a new group of political participants, driven by divisive politics to volunteer, vote and donate in record numbers to this year's presidential campaigns.

MU faculty assist math teachers for middle schools

Thanks to the work of MU researchers, middle-school math teachers may be better prepared to teach.

Faculty from the Department of Mathematics and the College of Education have been working on the Connecting Middle School and College Mathematics (CM)2 project for three years. Their work was funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Rams get boot in OT

ST. LOUIS — Even without Deuce McAllister, the New Orleans Saints’ running game is in good hands.

Perturbed after being described as a journeyman, fill-in Aaron Stecker responded with his first career 100-yard day in the Saints’ 28-25 overtime victory against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Texans keep Kansas City winless

KANSAS CITY — Marcus Coleman made the interception and the long return. Andre Johnson and Derick Armstrong made the catches.

Finally, Kris Brown made the kick that kept the Kansas City Chiefs winless.

Real season set to start for Big 12 Conference

Now every game counts in the Big 12 Conference.

No more padding the record with wins against lower-division teams. No more weekend strolls for the big boys. Well, maybe one.

Extra Points: Oklahoma State overpowers Tigers

The Missouri soccer team lost to Oklahoma State 3-1 on Sunday in Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowgirls took an early 1-0 lead when Jolene Schweitzer beat Tiger goalkeeper Laura Buehrig in the 14th minute.

Greatest harvests can be a problem

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicting record yields across the Corn Belt, you’d expect to see Boone County farmers letting out their overalls to make room for nature’s bounty.

In Missouri, 2004 average corn production is expected to exceed that of 2003 by 36 bushels per acre, and total production will likely break last year’s record-setting yield by 100 million bushels, putting the state ninth in the nation in total corn production with 417 million total bushels.

Summer's Bountiful Harvest

A continuation of this summer’s growing conditions is at the

top of mid-Missouri farmers’ wish lists.

“This is probably the best year we’ve ever had,” said Gary Alpers, a Cooper County farmer. “Last year we didn’t raise much, but this year it’s almost going to be like having two years in one.”

State reports show an average yield of 144 bushels per acre for corn and 36 bushels per acre for soybeans said Bill Wiebold, an MU Extension state specialist. Usually, corn averages in the 120s and soybeans in the low 30s, he said.