Filibuster ties up medical cuts

JEFFERSON CITY — The debate over Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed cuts to Missouri’s health care programs for the poor hit the floor of the state Senate on Monday.

The Democratic minority blocked action by staging a filibuster against a bill designed as a companion to Blunt’s proposed budget, which sought to take nearly 90,000 people off Medicaid. The stalling tactic went on into the night with no resolution reached as of press time.

Administering the Law

One look at Dwayne Carey gives away that Boone County’s rookie sheriff values hard work.

The 37-year-old still looks like a football player. He works out as conscientiously as he did in high school when he was fighting for the starting tight end position with the Hickman Kewpies.

Lawmakers refine bill on workers’ comp

JEFFERSON CITY — State House and Senate lawmakers met Monday and ironed out differences in two bills that would fundamentally rewrite Missouri’s workers’ compensation law.

The legislation would tighten the definition of who qualifies for workers’ compensation. Benefits would be awarded only when a job is deemed to be the “prevailing” cause of injury. Heart attacks at the workplace or car accidents while driving in a company car would not qualify.

Sweet Sweep

James Boone was having one of his typically productive days, but the rest of his team was not. So he decided to help them out.

With the Missouri baseball team ahead 5-2, mostly thanks to Boone, but in an offensive lull, coach Tim Jamieson sent junior Derek Chambers in to pinch hit.

Big 12 packs postseason

The Big East and the Atlantic Coastal Conference may have received the most national attention during the men’s basketball regular season, but the Big 12 Conference seems to be the one to watch in the postseason.

Six Big 12 teams were selected to the NCAA tournament. The conference has sent six teams to the tournament five times in its nine year history.

Planning ahead for college costs

Caroline Sicht, a sixth-grader at Gentry Middle School, isn’t sure what she wants to do when she grows up, but she has started saving for her college education.

Caroline, 12, exhibits show steers for her beef project in the Englewood Hustlers 4-H Club.

Bruin Girls dance to national crown in Orlando

A long season of hard work and dedication has paid off for the Rock Bridge Bruin Girls dance team, which won the NDA National Dance Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.

The 17-girl team is the first from Columbia to win the competition. The Bruin Girls placed second at the competition for the past two years.

Future costs hard to predict

It’s never too early to start planning — even when you don’t know what to expect.

That’s what Anne Hoylman is doing when it comes to her son, Alex Gompper, 8, and his college education.

Tigers ready for tournament test

Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder has had at least one sleepless night already. He is liable to have a few more before the week is out, either because of the sting of defeat or preparation for the next game.

Single-elimination tournaments will do that to a coach, even when they aren’t the ‘Big Dance.’

Theft, fake pregnancy alleged

A local man and his family waited eight months for the stork to arrive. In the end, they lost a bundle.

Detectives from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department charged Kelsy Dawn Poore, 19, with stealing by deceit on Friday, about one month after they began an investigation into a man’s claim that Poore had deceived him into believing that she was pregnant with his child.

Blogger given pass to White House

With the growing popularity of the Web log, commonly known as a blog, as a source of news and political commentary, traditional media outlets are beginning to recognize the need for blogs to have access to information —even to have a White House press pass.

On Monday Garrett Graff, editor of FishbowlDC (, a blog published by, became the first blogger to receive a permanent White House press pass.

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10DePaul University is named for St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the Congregation of the Mission. Members of his congregation, also known as Vincentians, founded the university in Chicago in 1898.

9 With more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States. That number is also big enough to make DePaul the largest private institution in the city of Chicago.


As a young student about to enter college, Peter Miyamoto found himself torn between great programs.

As a high school student in San Francisco, he had a variety of interests, including playing piano, competing in local tennis tournaments and participating in student government at his school. Miyamoto described his upbringing and education as “normal.”

Parents need help with responsibility

It’s fun to navigate the highways and byways of women’s history and encounter the many whistle stops along the way. We can look back to the day when women won the right to vote and the time when it became possible for women to earn equal pay for equal work. We can certainly agree that it has been a long journey, and there are still a few miles left to go.

Although women have taken giant steps in liberation in the last five or six decades, they remain the primary caregivers of the family unit. In addition to taking care of the husband and children, they often have to take on elderly parents. There is a loud cry these days to strengthen family ties and family values, and for a lot of folks, women are the people expected to fulfill that agenda. The fact that many women work as long and hard as men will probably get little consideration, except for lip service.

Hulshof pushes funds for Stadium extension

U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof is doing what he can to make the extension of Stadium Boulevard a reality.

Hulshof, R-Columbia, secured $2.5 million to help pay for the extension as part of a package of highway projects approved by the U.S. House last week. The bill allocated a total of $4.76 billion to improve Missouri roads.

Bill would ease midwife restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY — Labor pains might no longer mean a grab for the overnight bag and a mad dash for the hospital.

A bill proposed by Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O’Fallon, would allow anyone to assist in a birth, not just doctors at a hospital or certified-nurse midwives. The bill primarily would affect lay midwives who help with home births. Existing Missouri law makes it a felony for anyone other than a medical professional to deliver a baby.

Schooling on Social Security

Standing in MU’s Speakers Circle on Monday morning, Colan Holmes seemed a little out of place.

The junior advertising major was immersed in a sea of college students as he talked to them about the future of their Social Security benefits — something many of them probably won’t think about until retirement, he said.

Execution moves forward

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Supreme Court on Monday refused to halt the execution of Stanley Hall, despite claims that the condemned killer is mentally retarded.

The court offered no explanation in its one-line ruling. Hall’s attorney, Nelson Mitten, said he will appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gov. Matt Blunt was also weighing a clemency request.

Democrats stalling vote on Blunt's Medicaid cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican senators are promoting Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to remove more than 100,000 people from Medicaid as an intermediate step to revamping what they describe as a bloated and broken government health care system for the poor.

Navigating the bracket


Illinois was rewarded like no other No. 1 seed with short bus rides to Indianapolis and Chicago, which could set up one more to St. Louis for the Final Four.