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Builders back tax measure

JEFFERSON CITY — The push to pass a constitutional amendment that would route money raised by transportation-related taxes to road construction has been largely fueled by several of the state’s top road builders, labor unions and other public-works contractors, campaign-finance records show.

Contributions totaling nearly $1 million have been made to the Committee to Improve Missouri Roads and Bridges, a pro-amendment group registered with the state government, this election cycle.

Missouri’s defense set for Purify, Buffaloes

Moments after Missouri’s 48-0 win against Ball State on Sept. 18, Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said the level of competition would rise 15 notches when Big 12 Conference play begins.

When Missouri (2-1) plays Colorado (3-0) on Saturday, the Tigers will face better athletes and the defense will see their first complete offensive opponent.

Students go without to raise cash

Sleeping at home, showering and changing clothes are among the everyday comforts that four MU students are giving up this week to raise awareness about substandard housing. They will also try to raise $4,000 for construction of a Habitat for Humanity house.

Until Friday afternoon, Kelly Puppilo, Candace Revelle, Laura Winterscheidt and Kate Ervin — all executive board members of the MU chapter of Habitat for Humanity — are living in cardboard boxes on Kuhlman Court, in the heart of the MU campus.

Political year of the woman

JEFFERSON CITY - With a record number of women on Missouri’s statewide ballot and at least one campaign trying to capitalize on the growing appeal of female candidates, 2004 may go down as the year of the woman in Missouri politics.

Fine line trips up Kewpies

The theoretical fine line between victory and defeat on the volleyball court took on an all-too-literal meaning Tuesday night for the Hickman Kewpies.

That line was the backline on the court at the Hickman High School gym.

City attempts to unify tax-area interests

Columbia officials are considering the formation of a city-led transportation development district, bringing together major property owners along Stadium Boulevard near Interstate 70 to oversee a comprehensive overhaul of one the city’s busiest thoroughfares.

The city’s plan is merely the latest twist in the debate over how best to rebuild a road that is a veritable parking lot during rush hour. Already, there are two Columbia developers each seeking to form distinct taxing districts to fund improvements on Stadium.

Senior rediscovers soccer success

Before this season, senior forward Michael Washington had never even seen a Hickman boys’ soccer game.

But 12 games into the Kewpies’ season, the 5-foot-10 inch forward is leading the team in scoring with six goals.

KFRU dumps 2 local shows

Columbia lost two long-running local radio shows last week, but local voices can still be heard for now.

“The Trading Post,” a community buying and selling forum, and “The Columbia Business Times,” a business talk show featuring business community guests, went off the air last week. Both show were featured on KFRU/1400 AM. This latest move follows a lineup shift that replaced the local “Sunday Morning Sports Show” on the station this summer. The changes come as the news-talk station, taken over in March by Cumulus Media, shuffles its weekend lineup in preparation for elections and a ratings period.

Double duty no problem for Mills

Tanner Mills practices sliding across the goal mouth.

“This stuff is really slippery,” the Rock Bridge goalkeeper tells backup Adam Andrews.

Mills is referring to the artificial turf at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis, where he is getting ready for one of the biggest games in his career.

The opponent is the Christian Brothers College Cadets, a St. Louis team that heads into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation by studentsports.com and No. 2 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Moberly businessman gets fine, prison for fraud

ST. LOUIS — A mid-Missouri businessman was sentenced to a year and nine months in prison Tuesday for defrauding customers, U.S. Attorney James Martin said.

Floyd Riley, 56, of Moberly, also was ordered to pay restitution of $350,000 to 11 individuals and businesses.

McCrary joins MU swimmers

Three years ago Chris McCrary did what many high school graduates have done. He got as far away from home as possible.

McCrary, a St. Louis native, had just finished a swimming career at Fort Zumwalt South High School where he won eight Missouri state championships. He remains the state record holder in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

Skeletal remains identified as those of missing veteran

The skeletal remains of a man found in Petite Saline Creek on July 11 were positively identified Monday as the body of Earl Cason of Columbia. Cason went missing from Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital on March 31.

Phyllis Cason, Earl Cason’s daughter, said the Cason family was prepared for the news.

MU gives Stein third extension

Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein agreed to a two-year contract extension, Athletic Director Mike Alden said Tuesday.

The extension will last through the 2007-08 season and increase Stein’s base salary from $165,000 to $180,000.

Panel informs students on election issues

MU student groups sponsored a voter education panel to discuss issues relevant to college students Tuesday evening in Waters Auditorium at MU.

Panelists represented the Republican and Democratic national committees as well as the College Democrats and College Republicans. The event, organized by the Associated Students of the University of Missouri and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, also provided an opportunity for students to register to vote.

Natural Beauty

For that beautiful complexion that you have always wanted, you don’t even have to leave your house.

Homemade beauty recipes such as face masks, scrubs and face packs can be mixed from ingredients that can be found in the kitchen cabinet or refrigerator. The added bonuses: You get rid of leftovers without wasting them and the homemade remedies cost a lot less than brand name products.

Local goods aplenty at the market

Food producers and artisans will showcase an array of products including plants, candies, meats, quilts, handmade pottery and custom jewelry at the Best of Missouri Market in St. Louis this weekend.

“Best of Missouri is a potpourri of what is available in Missouri,” said Nora Stern, who started the event 13 years ago.

Corfu cooking on display tonight

Corfu is an island belonging to Greece, but Corfu cuisine has very little in common with traditional Greek food. Area residents will have the chance to find that out about the island’s cuisine tonight at an event sponsored by Columbia Books and Village Wine & Cheese.

Alice Padova Anderson, a Corfu native, will speak about Corfu cuisine. Her book, “Corfu Cooking,” will be on sale and recipes will be set up buffet-style at the event.

Groups give politics-minded women a chance to get involved

Boone County Federated Republican Women’s Club

Description: The Federated Republican Women’s Club is affiliated with the Missouri Federation of Republican Women and is the largest Republican Women’s Club in the state. The club has been active since the 1930s and has about 125 members. It organizes the annual Boone County Lincoln Day Dinner.

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