Columbian to head state economic development

Columbia native Greg Steinhoff said improving Missouri’s business climate by cutting costs, especially through tort reform and workers’ compensation, will be his main goals as the next director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Gov. Matt Blunt said during a news conference at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that Steinhoff is his choice to lead the department. While Steinhoff’s nomination is subject to state Senate approval, neither Blunt nor Steinhoff foresees any complications.

Sapp foes address council

Opponents of the largest voluntary annexation in Columbia’s history made their voices heard before the City Council in a heated public hearing Tuesday night.

Now it is up to the council to weigh these concerns and decide whether to annex and zone almost 1,000 acres into Columbia.

Beefed-up rec center now open

Brian Anderson will be the first to tell you that he’s a big guy.

The bulk of his muscles can be attributed to working out three to four times a week. A senior at MU, he was excited to finally have a workout facility on campus that accommodates his 6-foot, 3-inch frame.

Cleaning up streams would cost $300,000

New stream regulations that could clean up streams throughout Missouri could also cost the Boone County Sewer District more than $300,000.

The sewer district disinfects effluent at four of its sites, but if new measures are accepted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the district would have to modify 43 more sites to disinfect wastewater with chlorine before it entered local streams, such as Perche Creek, Rocky Fork Creek, Grindstone Creek and Hinkson Creek.

No candidate yet for Fifth Ward seat

The deadline for candidates to file for open seats on the Columbia City Council is Thursday, but no one has filed for the Fifth Ward seat being vacated by incumbent John John.

The terms of John and First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton will expire in April. Crayton has already filed for election to a third term.

Mosley to turn pro

Missouri defensive lineman C.J. Mosley will forgo his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, the team announced Tuesday.

Mosley had said he would return for his senior season before reconsidering and signing with National Sports Agency, a player representative firm in St. Louis. By hiring an agent, Mosley loses his NCAA eligibility and cannot return to Missouri.

Buffaloes extend Tigers’ skid

Sloppy play does not make a coach happy.

In fact, Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein thinks it was a bit ridiculous in a 56-51 loss to Colorado on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Columbia College hammers Hornets

Thirty-one points is a subpar total for a college basketball team. Thirty-two turnovers is an abnormally high total. For one team to post both stats probably means a lopsided victory for the other team.

The Columbia College Cougars defeated the Harris-Stowe State College Hornets 104-31 in a game where Harris-Stowe committed more turnovers than points scored.

Missouri faces another ‘do-or-die’ game

What concerned the media at the beginning of the season didn’t seem to bother Texas Tech’s Ronald Ross.

With the departure of Andre Emmett and his league-leading 20.6 points per game, reporters at the Big 12 Conference Media Days sought Ross’ insight about how the Red Raiders would compensate.

Virginia conquests earn Askren honor

Ben Askren, an All-American wrestler for Missouri in 2004, was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the Virginia Dual last week.

Askren, a sophomore, improved his season record to 25-0 and clocked the fastest pin of his career at 21 seconds. A co-captain of the No. 12 Tigers, the 174-pounder has 18 of his 25 victories this season in the form of a pin. Askren is one pin away from breaking the record of most falls in a season set in 1983 by Kevin Herron (18).