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Panel dissects Patriot Act

Columbia resident John Wilke said he thinks he may be on a federal terror watch list.

His lifelong love of photographing trains has twice drawn the attention of Missouri police officers, who deem this behavior suspicious.

Sapp revises Harg annexation bid

When Harg-area petitioners blocked Billy Sapp’s initial 965-acre annexation proposal earlier this month, they knew the developer had contingency plans.

Now Sapp has decided to take an incremental approach. On Wednesday, he filed a request for a 169-acre annexation.

Senators propose judicial limits

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Constitution should be amended to prevent courts from examining the constitutionality of the state formula for funding public schools, three Republican senators said Thursday. The senators, all members of the joint Senate-House committee responsible for recommending how to fix the existing formula for school funding, proposed a resolution calling for the amendment.

Report finds patrol records backlogged

JEFFERSON CITY — Failure to update criminal records in a timely fashion puts highway patrol troopers and other law enforcement officers in danger, according to a report released today by State Auditor Claire McCaskill.

At a news conference Thursday, McCaskill said the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Criminal Records and Identification Division, or CRID, is a year behind on updating criminal convictions records, and from one week to six weeks behind on data entry for arrest records, case dispositions and prosecutorial charges.

City utilities take online payments

Columbia residents can avoid the hassle of heading downtown or mailing their utility payments since the city made online bill payments available on its Web site at the beginning of the month.

Some Columbia banks already offer the option of paying utility bills online, but the new service allows residents to pay their utility bills online directly through the city.

Class project unites two generations

Lenora Retirement Community and New Haven Elementary School are across the street from each other, but the elementary students and the retirees don’t interact much.

That’s changing thanks to a writing project where fourth-graders interview and talk with older residents of Columbia about their childhood, careers and hobbies.

National Salute hails veterans

For most of Columbia, Valentine’s Day is already a distant memory.

But at the Truman Veterans Hospital, thousands of brightly colored hearts and other reminders of the holiday continue to line the hallways and patient rooms. Still more wait to be distributed.

Wins worth the wait

Twelve hours and 43 minutes is a long time to wait.

Hickman’s Zach Arnold woke up at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t get to wrestle until 8:18 p.m.

Author in Exile

Donato Ndongo is a leading writer of his country, but he can’t even live there. Twice exiled from his native Equatorial Guinea, the former journalist left the country to live in Spain. Now, as a visiting professor at MU’s Department of Romance Languages, Ndongo will call mid-Missouri his home.

High Standards

Alisha Robinson stopped being normal when she was 10.

Now she is 22 and still hasn’t found the groove of a typical college student. She is a Missouri gymnast, and to her, that’s just fine.

MU students seek greater diversity

Diversity — in the classroom, in discussion and as a value of MU — was the central issue raised by the panel at the “Straight Talk about the Black Student Experience” on Tuesday afternoon in Brady Commons.

Clarence B. Wine Sr., coordinator of diversity programs, and Andre Thorn, assistant director of academic retention services, led the brown-bag lunch discussion as part of Black History Month. The questions and comments from the audience proved the event to be a success, Wine said.

Mizzou looks for energy boost against Nebraska

With six scholarship players, Baylor doesn’t know the first thing about striking fear in its opponents.

But it sure does have a great hypnotizing act.

Baylor bears Antlers’ antics

The Baylor men’s basketball team received a different kind of pep talk before its game Wednesday at Mizzou Arena.

Baylor coach Scott Drew invited Michael Booth, ‘grand poobah’ of the Antlers, a non-university-sponsored fan group, to rile up his team before the game, said Heath Nielsen, Baylor’s director of media relations.

Missouri transfer students will benefit

Presidents of Missouri two- and four-year institutions signed an agreement on Feb. 10 committing to ensure the success of transfer students.

The agreement came during a meeting of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education Presidential Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Coordination Board for Higher Education in Jefferson City.

MU wrestlers will fine tune in final dual

Coach Brian Smith has been saying it all along.

“Nothing really matters until the end of March,” Smith said after the Tigers lost on consecutive days to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

Tigers hope history lends helping hand

The Missouri women’s basketball team is hoping history will repeat itself this weekend.

The most recent time Missouri played Oklahoma, Jan. 28, 2004, the No. 20 Sooners were 13-5, but the unranked Tigers won 77-65. Four seniors scored in double digits to lead Missouri.

Winthrop deals MU first loss of season

The Missouri baseball team lost to Winthrop 7-4 in its opening game of the Griffin Pontiac Challenge on Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C.

Missouri starter Max Scherzer had six straight strikeouts in the first and second innings to help the Tigers (1-1) build a 4-2 fourth-inning lead. Winthrop (6-0) took controlwith a 3-run fifth and Eagles right fielder Daniel Carte added a two-run home run in the sixth.

Clones have lower immune systems

What was learned: A team of MU researchers has discovered that immune systems of cloned animals are compromised in comparison to their naturally born counterparts.

How they did it: Bart Carter, a former MU researcher, Jeff Carroll, animal physiologist of the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service; Scott Korte, veterinary pathobiology research fellow; and Randall Prather, professor in reproductive biology; examined the innate immune responses of cloned versus naturally born miniature swine by injecting identical doses of lipopolysaccharide into each specimen.

Faces

Usually, when one applies for a job, one doesn’t expect to get more than an entry-level position. This was not the case for Breck Gamel, an MU graduate student in elementary education who applied for a job in the CHEERS Project and ended up as its statewide coordinator.

Although she has worked for CHEERS since August, she is still surprised by her important position in the 16-year-old program. Based at MU in the Wellness Center in Brady Commons, its goal is to encourage designated drivers by rewarding them with sodas and CHEERS merchandise at bars and restaurants.

State House approves lawsuit limits

JEFFERSON CITY — A measure to restrict awards for lawsuits cleared another obstacle on Thursday.

The bill, approved in the House of Representatives and introduced in the Senate, would restrict a case’s venue to the location where the injury took place and cap most punitive damages at $250,000. For health-care providers, it would limit punitive damages to $250,000 without regard to the number of people named in the case.

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