Not in this house

There was drama, emotion and a wild finish, just what one would expect from the MU-KU rivalry. But this time, there was a novel twist: The Tigers won.

For the first time in four years, Missouri successfully defended its home court against Kansas, winning 72-68 Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

600 more workers at UM shift to hourly

Last month, an additional 600 employees in the University of Missouri System became eligible for overtime pay, a result of new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2004.

That brings the number of new nonexempt employees to 1,200 since August.

MU instructor mulls home guru’s image

Well before domestic guru Martha Stewart left a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday morning, a team of public relations experts was working to reshape Stewart’s public persona.

They might want to give MU’s Melissa Click a call.

County would lose 178 jobs under Medicaid proposal

Boone County workers and businesses could lose 178 jobs and $12.6 million under Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed Medicaid overhaul, a statewide study by Saint Louis University economists shows.

In a county-by-county assessment, two SLU economics professors examined the fiscal impact of reduced Medicaid spending by the state, which would trigger losses of federal matching funds. Boone County ranks seventh among the state’s 67 counties in terms of projected job losses and lost revenue in the community.

County growth causes concern

At the center of Harrisburg, Palmer’s Market is not only a gas station, convenience store and restaurant, but also a town square. This is where many people in the town of 184 gather to exchange news and gossip over a cup of coffee and a bite to eat.

“When they walk in the door, we can say, ‘Hey, Bill!’ ‘How you doing, Dale?’ ‘Hello, Toby,’ ” market owner Dana Palmer said. “That’s what I like about living here. Everybody knows everybody.”

White-collar ex-cons say time in prison transformed them

NEW YORK — Martha Stewart took up the cause of prisoners’ rights during her five months in prison and calls her time behind bars “life altering and life affirming.” Other white-collar criminals have proclaimed themselves equally transformed after emerging from prison. But are they?

“If you’re changed, then let’s see the action,” said Fred Shapiro, a lawyer who served time for bank fraud in Philadelphia in the 1990s and went back to prison for a white-collar crime episode 10 years later. Stewart, released Friday after five months in prison for lying about a stock sale, is the latest in a long line of high-profile white-collar convicts who have returned to freedom saying they have been renewed.

No place like home

Missouri coach Quin Snyder had just one word of advice for his team before the Tigers’ game against Kansas. He wrote it on the dry erase board on the way out of the locker room: “Believe.”

The Tigers played as though they believed, and they earned an unlikely 72-68 upset win against rival Kansas on Sunday in front of 15,061, the first sell-out crowd ever at Mizzou Arena.

'I want my life to be purposeful'

Forty-some pairs of multicolored shoes line the shelves under Brianne Black’s bed. She says it is an obsession, but others might claim it is just a consequence of Black’s big personality.

That might be going too far, she said.

Sprain benches Langford

Kansas’ Keith Langford looked poised to be a real handful for the Tigers, but it all changed in an instant.

Just three minutes into the game, Langford drove to the basket. He drew contact, made the basket and got the foul. However, he wasn’t the one who took the free throw.

Update: Show earns $3,000 for officer’s family

Members of the community and the Columbia Police Department helped raise almost $3,000 at the Hilary Scott Band benefit concert Feb. 26 at Columbia College.

The proceeds will go to the Officer Down Fund to help the family of Officer Molly Bowden, who was shot in the line of duty on Jan. 10. Bowden died Feb. 10 of cranial meningitis related to the shooting.

Now You Know: Domestic abuse

What was learned: Loreen Olson, an MU researcher and assistant professor of communication, has developed a model for understanding abuse in romantic relationships.

“By summarizing past literature, I proposed a new typology of violent couples, creating four general categories: abusive, violent, aggressive and combative,” Olson said.

‘Silk’ uses hoops to soften the street

His real name is Andre Poole, but in the world of street basketball, he is referred to only as Silk.

“It’s because my moves are so smooth,” he said.

Editors of weekly magazine given MU medal

A magazine begun as a mixture of ambitions, dreams and frustrations has yielded a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

Goenawan Mohamad, founding editor of Indonesia’s Tempo, a weekly news magazine, and editor in chief Bambang Harymurti accepted the award in Columbia on Thursday — a highlight in careers laden with enormous obstacles and enormous triumphs.

McKinney lets loose

For a player who was named to the Academic All Big 12 team, it seemed like an unorthodox approach.

But with all the thinking Jimmy McKinney has done throughout this season, Jason Conley knew McKinney needed to give his mind a rest.

Prosthetics among benefits threatened by Blunt proposal

At first glance, Bob Kilgore would seem to have little stake in the heated debate over a proposal to drastically reduce Medicaid cuts in Missouri.

For the pharmacist-turned-business owner, the medical-supplies industry is a good one.

Tigers stroll by wild Eagles

With sunny skies and temperatures near 70 degrees, Sunday afternoon was a fine day to take a walk in Columbia.

The Eastern Michigan baseball team seemed to agree.

SMSU name change reality sets in

ST. LOUIS — The ink has barely dried on a bill changing the name of Southwest Missouri State University, but that didn’t stop fans at the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament from chanting “MSU! MSU!” as their team beat the University of Northern Iowa 70-62 on Saturday.

The House voted 120-35 last week to drop “Southwest” from the school’s name, allowing it to become Missouri State University. The change will take effect Aug. 28.

Extra Points

Aaron Cawlfield is staying close to home.

On Sunday the Hickman High School junior linebacker announced his commitment to Missouri for the 2006 football season.