Underage abortions targeted

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s House gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill that would make it a crime to transport minors to other states for abortions without parental consent.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jane Cunningham, R-St. Louis County, told the House that minors in Missouri are going to abortion clinics in Illinois that don’t require parental consent. Missouri law requires anyone younger than 18 to get consent from a parent, guardian or court before having an abortion.

Rehab programs face cuts

Local mental health care providers said Tuesday that their clients could be severely harmed by proposed budget cuts to the Department of Mental Health. Agency directors said hundreds of Boone County residents would lose services if Gov. Matt Blunt’s budget proposal is accepted in its current form.

About 80 people crowded into a news conference at the Roger B. Wilson County Government Center commission chambers to listen to local providers and a former drug addict speak about the likely repercussions of the proposed cuts and the benefits the agencies provide to people within the community. After the speakers finished, several people in the crowd also spoke, including a few residents of the Phoenix House, an outpatient substance abuse program.

New commission eyes efficiency

JEFFERSON CITY — It took a half hour and several tries before the commission, hand-picked by Gov. Matt Blunt to increase the efficiency of state government, could choose its next meeting date.

The commission has 20 members, many of whom have held posts in state government. The creation of the panel was a major plank in Blunt’s campaign platform and a goal he reaffirmed during his State of the State address.

Indonesian honoree questioned

Security personnel at Columbia Regional Airport questioned a recent Missouri honor medalist Saturday after they thought they found explosive material on a cake wrapper in his luggage.

Goenawan Mohamad, a founding editor of Tempo, a weekly Indonesian news magazine, and Bambang Harymurti, Tempo’s editor in chief, received a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism on Thursday.

Bill would fix flawed fee system

JEFFERSON CITY — Opponents of concealed guns joined with supporters Tuesday as the House endorsed legislation that attempts to fix a flaw in a law identified by the state Supreme Court.

In a ruling a year ago, the court upheld the legality of concealed guns but said a 2003 law authorizing concealed weapons could unconstitutionally impose new costs on county sheriffs who process the applications.

Strong finish lifts MU

KANSAS CITY – If the game had come down to inside shooting, the Missouri women’s basketball team would have looked no further than its center, Christelle N’Garsanet.

But the end of the game revolved around free throws, which is not N’Garsanet’s greatest skill.

Vets’ families would benefit under bill

JEFFERSON CITY — House members endorsed legislation Tuesday that would provide a free college education to the spouses and children of military members killed or seriously wounded in combat.

Sponsoring Rep. Mike Cunningham, R-Marshfield, said 31 Missourians had been killed in the war in Iraq, but he did not know how many family members would qualify for the scholarships. They could be granted to the families of anyone killed or suffering 80 percent disability from combat action after Sept. 11, 2001.

Students lobby for vote on Board of Curators

JEFFERSON CITY — It has been more than 20 years in the making, and on Tuesday, student lobbyists from MU said they are on the verge of successfully gaining full voting rights on the university’s governing board of curators.

“This could be the year we get it done,” MU student lobbyist Charles Stadtlander said.

Symphony society announces full summer lineup

A 17-year-old piano virtuoso, a Generation-X violinist, a multi-choir community concert and tributes to both the Beatles and Beethoven are just a few of the featured performances scheduled for the Missouri Symphony Society’s summer season.

The society announced its eight-week schedule Monday for the 2005 Hot Summer Nights Music Festival. The series will comprise 17 performances in June and July, held mainly at the Missouri Theatre. This year’s festival is a week longer than last summer’s and includes three additional concerts.

Keeping up with the trends

Digging through thousands of samples and visiting at least 200 vendors to find the perfect article of clothing for a customer make up a typical trip to the fashion market.

Molly Morgan and Michelle Towns, owners of Expressive Outlet, a Columbia boutique, go to market in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles several times a year to buy merchandise for their store.

Little and loving it

As the bell rings for school to end, Barbara Stratton knows her job. She’s the crossing guard for kids, the greeter for parents and the dismissal coordinator for the school. That, and she’s the principal.

“Is your mom coming to chess (club) tomorrow night?” Stratton asks one student as Cedar Ridge Elementary School is being dismissed. When he says Mom can’t make it, she runs to her office to send home a flier.

Selfless Bond picks up Tigers

KANSAS CITY — With 2:39 left, Missouri point guard LaToya Bond put her head down, turned toward the basket, took one dribble and banked the ball softly off the backboard and through the hoop.

Her basket tied the game at 55, and Kansas never regained its lead, losing to Missouri 62-57.

Attitude by design

Eggs and bacon are no longer limited to your breakfast plate, and being nice isn’t always in style.

At least that’s what the designs of Ingred Sidie and Michelle Sonderegger seem to suggest.

Rugby finds a home at Missouri

Megan Laffoon has played sports all of her life, but they’ve always been traditional American sports.

In high school, she played basketball, softball, volleyball and competed in track in the small town of Braymer. Later, in Laffoon’s junior year at MU, she heard about Missouri’s women’s rugby club team.

Cougars’ postseason aspirations still alive

Columbia College seniors Aaron Edwards and Craig Bryan played a 40-minute scrimmage in practice Tuesday knowing it might be the closest they come to playing another college basketball game.

It’s amazing the difference one play makes.

Cougars’ schedule among toughest

The Columbia College softball team is making its mark on the NAIA national scene by taking on the country’s best.

The No. 7 Cougars have beaten two top-20 teams. The team took third in the Gulf Coast Invitational in Orange Beach, Ala., losing to the teams that finished first and second. The tournament was an invitational for the top 25 teams in the nation.

Distance runners well represented

Ten members of the MU track and field team will participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday and Saturday after being accepted by the NCAA Track and Field Committee on Tuesday. Representing MU will be the men’s and women’s distance medley teams, shot putter Conrad Woolsey, heptathlete Hans Uldal and 800-meter runner Ashley Patten.

Jimmie Jones, Neville Miller, Marcus Mayes and Ryan Hampton constitute the men’s distance medley team. Patten, Whitney Stuart, Trisa Nickoley and Amanda Bales are on the women’s distance team.