Working to save the farm

John Poehlmann sees a vast expanse of rolling farmland when he goes to work at MU’s South Farm, but he also sees encroaching development.

Poehlmann is superintendent of the South Farm, one of four MU farms around Columbia. MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, or CAFNR, uses the farm as an agricultural laboratory for teaching and research.

Police seek leads in death

Police are looking for two sport utility vehicles seen in the Maryland Avenue parking garage around the time MU researcher Jeong Im was found stabbed to death in his burning car on Friday.

MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said in a statement Sunday afternoon that the first vehicle, a blue SUV, was parked in the third-level driving lane of the garage. The second SUV, of unknown color, was parked with its back hatch open. A man and a woman were standing next to it, according to the statement.

Growing need strains Boone County WIC program

At its current rate of growth, a government program in Boone County that assists women and children with nutritional needs could be forced to turn away dozens of people in the next few months.

Carolyn Ezzell, a nutritionist and coordinator for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, estimates that as many as 100 people per month will be denied assistance if state funding is not increased. WIC will have to wait until the end of February to find out whether it will receive more funding.

Power of stun gun gets another look

The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an informal investigation of the maker of stun guns, or Tasers, but that is not expected to deter the Boone County Sheriff’s Department from purchasing the product.

“Until someone can come up with documentation that they are dangerous, we’re going to be using them,” Sheriff Dwayne Carey said.

A toast to art

Three Missouri artists have bragging rights to the designs on three new Les Bourgeois wines.

The work of Dinise Mustain and Laura Pintel of Columbia and Bryan Haynes of St. Albans was chosen to grace the labels of the new wines in a competition that ended last month.

More get a shot at influenza vaccine

Missourians previously ineligible for this year’s flu vaccine may get another chance for immunization against the virus.

Gov. Bob Holden repealed an executive order that limited health-care providers to administering flu vaccines to high-risk people only. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services advised Holden to withdraw the order as a result of expanded guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

City hopes to buy land to extend road

A plan to reduce traffic congestion at Providence Road and Nifong Boulevard would require the city to pave over some privately owned land.

Bill Laurie, husband of Wal-Mart heiress Nancy Laurie, and State Farm Insurance own land the city Public Works Department wants to acquire to extend Southampton Drive by three-quarters of a mile.

Games issue challenge to curb growing waistlines

Sixty percent of Missouri adults were overweight or obese in a 2002 study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

And it’s a problem that persists.

Defense does it for Bruins

Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon’s vision for defense came into focus Sunday.

The Bruins dominated Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame 55-40 at the Show-Me State Games Shootout at Mizzou Arena with incredible defense.

Tigers’ swagger loses some luster

Missouri is on a three-game winning streak, but it seems like the team that defeated then-No. 12 Gonzaga and gave No. 1 Illinois its toughest competition of the season is nowhere to be found.

In a 64-51 victory against American on Tuesday, the Tigers came out flat and played without emotion. Just four days later, Missouri gained a 13-point lead against Iowa State then crumbled early in the second half. A 12-and-a-half-minute field goal drought put the Tigers down by 12. A flourish in the final four minutes allowed Missouri to pull out a 62-59 victory.

Hickman can’t stand up to Hazelwood Central

Hickman came up a little short.

The Kewpies boys’ basketball team lost 56-43 to Hazelwood Central on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.