Incubator program initiated

After five years of primarily guiding scientists at the four University of Missouri system schools through the patent and technology licensing process, the Office of Technology and Special Projects is now trying to unleash entrepreneurs into the business world.

Terry Nixon, associate director of entrepreneurial and business development, advises those entrepreneurs.

Medicaid faces more cuts

JEFFERSON CITY — Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, has a problem with Medicaid.

“The system we’ve got here sucks,” Purgason told a Senate committee Monday. He was there presenting a bill that would eliminate a number of state health services, including coverage for expenses related to dental work, podiatry, wheelchairs, eye care and prosthetic limbs.

Series' fifth concert is Friday

The Odyssey Chamber Music Series, presented by First Baptist Church of Columbia and MU’s School of Music, performs a fifth concert of its inaugural season, “Transatlantic Journey,” this week.

The series began as a collaboration between Carina Washington, a clarinetist, and Edward Rollins, associate pastor at First Baptist.

Conference crown motivates Cougars

The Columbia College women’s basketball team gathered at center court at the Arena of Southwell Complex to receive its tournament championship trophy. After posing for a few photos, the Cougars took turns ascending the ladder to cut down the nets.

They plan to keep their scissors sharp.

Off the Ground

With a few strong pushes, Alex Hoffman launches himself into a skateboarding flow.

The 13-year-old Smithton Middle School student speeds down a vertical ramp at Columbia Skate Park, continuing through a concrete half-pipe, gaining momentum and confidence with each successful move.

Request prompts smoking ban study

City and county health officials got the thumbs up to investigate proposed changes to Columbia’s smoking ordinance at Monday night’s Columbia City Council meeting.

The council voted 5-1 to let the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health form a committee to look into a potential indoor smoking ban.

Annexation proposals delayed by City Council

Opponents of Billy Sapp’s 1,000-acre annexation proposal fought and won round one Monday. Now it’s round two, and opponents are ready for another fight.

Harg Area Residents for Responsible Growth spokeswoman Renee Richmond voiced the group’s concerns at a public hearing on the revised Billy Sapp annexation proposal at a Columbia City Council meeting Monday night. The proposed annexation would bring 170 acres into the city limits.

Environmental stances challenged

A nationally recognized scientist and author challenged conventional wisdom about the environment and its relationship to the U.S. economy in a speech at MU’s Life Sciences Center on Monday.

Jay Lehr began his presentation by warning, “What I’m going to tell you is not what you’re used to hearing.”

Snyder targets defensive effort as key to victory

All season long Missouri coach Quin Snyder urged his players to create a defensive identity.

It’s better late than never.

Tigers looking for better results

Two words describe the last time the Kansas and Missouri women‘s basketball teams met: ugly and embarrassing.

The Tigers will play the Jayhawks for the third time this season today in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament,.

Substance-abuse agency would lose half of funds

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Mental Health opened its books to a Senate committee Monday amid protests against Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed cuts.

Department director Dorn Schuffman told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the division of alcohol and drug abuse would lose nearly half its funding to Blunt’s proposed Medicaid cuts, which total about $12 million.

Big 12 title game won’t affect seeds

All the Big 12 Conference Tournament games are important to help determine NCAA Tournament seeds.

All the games except the championship.

Legislators left waiting to hear from students

The scene Monday in Brady Commons was in ways reminiscent of a junior high school dance — only this time the wallflowers were state legislators waiting to talk with MU students.

Sitting at their own tables in Brady, lawmakers who represent areas of Columbia were there by invitation to meet students and to find out what issues concern them.

Blunt taps Rolla native as director of services

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s new director of social services says improving child safety is his top priority.

Gary Sherman, who was named to head the Department of Social Services by Gov. Matt Blunt on Monday, has experience working in Missouri government stretching back to 1974, including two stints as a division director in the 1980s.

17 brush fires fought in northern Boone


Pujols’ hitting powers St. Louis

Even after two home runs and a hard double against Los Angeles on Monday, Albert Pujols said he still isn’t quite prepared for regular season play.

“My body is not ready for the season,” the Cardinals’ first baseman said, “and my swing is not ready.”

Development is in works east of Columbia

A trio of property owners are planning to develop their land to create Richland Crossings, a 250-acre development on both sides of Richland Road east of Columbia.

Developers Garry and Drake Lewis and David Atkins began discussing plans in November to create a commercial and residential development at the intersection of Richland Road and a proposed extension of Stadium Boulevard to be called Highway 740.

Scott’s first-round 68 boosts Missouri golfers

Ben Scott, a junior on the Missouri men’s golf team, is leading the field with a four-under 68 after the first round of the Louisiana Classics on Monday.

Scott’s performance help put Missouri into a four-way tie for fourth place with a four-over 292 at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.

Student-athletes of the week

Glen Dandridge, a freshman on the Missouri men’s basketball team, and Erika Josbena, a sophomore on the tennis team, were named Lathrop and Gage student-athletes of the week.

Dandridge (3.23 GPA) and Josbena (3.45) are undecided in their majors.

Living in denial can hinder change

It’s hard to function around people in denial. You have to be so careful not to jar them out of their state of bliss.

  It’s not so bad when their condition is based only on personal relationship issues. For example, if they are in denial that their mate is unfaithful or that their children are deadbeats. People caught up in that kind of denial are usually harmful only to themselves.