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Sports complex project set to start in summer

Amber Swinehart and Laura Buehrig visit the Tom Taylor Building daily to work out, eat and do homework. These members of the soccer team, along with all MU athletes, are encouraged to go to the sports complex regularly, but Swinehart and Buehrig say the complex doesn’t always comfortably fit the more than 500 athletes who come and go.

“Once the football team gets in the dining hall, they tend to overtake everything,” Buehrig said. “It gets cramped.”

Lynx teammates rekindle rivalry

Two special guests attended Wednesday’s game between Missouri and Kansas State: former Tiger Amanda Lassiter and former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde.

“It was so good (to be back),” Lassiter said. “It was disappointing that we lost, but it was still good to come back and see everybody, see what’s going on with the team.”

Floyd earns praise from faculty groups

Elson Floyd, UM system president, received unanimous support from the UM Intercampus Faculty Council and the MU Faculty Council last week.

On Feb. 21, the Intercampus Faculty Council — the top governing body of faculty in the UM system — endorsed a resolution that expressed its “unqualified” support for Floyd, according to a release.

Homan impressive in his Ames finale

AMES, Iowa — When Iowa State’s Jared Homan walks on the court, his size alone makes him stand out.

Leave it to the 6-foot-10 center to make an even bigger statement before his final career game.

Small farm owners: Bills favor companies

JEFFERSON CITY — Displaying “Farm and Rural Values” badges, dozens of small farm owners, county commissioners and other rural residents visited the Capitol on Wednesday to lobby against two proposed bills.

Their beef was with Senate Bill 187 and House Bill 376. The bills would exclude large corporate farms from state regulation and leave them only under federal regulations. The bills would also limit local authority in health and zoning ordinances. The protesters say that although deregulation might be a boon for big business, it could hurt small family farms.

Team demolition

Within a four-hour period, an orange 1983 Mercury Zephyr was reduced to scrap metal on the MU campus Tuesday.

The first dent made to the Zephyr came at about 10 a.m. at MU’s Speaker’s Circle, and left a mark in the word “chickenhawk” spray-painted on its side. The car was in decent shape when it arrived, but by noon, it was obliterated.

Evaluation of Education

Helen Ladd and her husband, former New York Times Education Editor Edward Fiske, used three main measures to evaluate the progress South Africa’s government has made to balance racial equity in its education system: equal treatment, educational opportunity and educational adequacy.

Ladd, of Duke University, expounded on their work Friday when she gave a Monroe-Paine Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs, presented by MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs.

Warm smiles and iron horses

While the artificial fireplace at the Kirkwood train station doesn’t keep the place cozy on snowy Wednesday nights, Marge Nardie’s genuine smile provides a warm welcome.

“I like working at night because people that come in are grumpy and —well — I’m not,” Nardie said.

Workers’comp bill voted out of House

JEFFERSON CITY — A reduction in the number of injuries covered under Missouri’s workers’ compensation law won approval from the House on Wednesday.

The measure passed 90-66 in the Republican-controlled chamber in a vote that broke mostly down party lines.

House panel votes to cut regional Amtrak funding

JEFFERSON CITY — A House panel looking for budget savings has voted to eliminate state funding for the twice-daily Amtrak passenger train service between St. Louis and Kansas City.

The House Transportation Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday night to cut the $6.4 million that Gov. Matt Blunt had recommended to subsidize the train service. Earlier this week, several mayors and officials from cities along the train route pleaded with the committee to maintain Amtrak’s funding.

Federal law grants free credit reports

A federal law has armed Midwesterners against one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation.

Supporters of the law say people will be better suited to defend themselves against identity theft when equipped with a report of their credit history.

Gathering defends stem-cell research

JEFFERSON CITY — More than 100 women from the Hadassah organization filled the Capitol on Wednesday to lobby against legislation that could outlaw stem-cell research in what they called the “State of Stem Cells Event.”

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Lee’s Summit, could outlaw human cloning and stem-cell research, which some scientists say could lead to cures for degenerative diseases.

FACES:Bob Flanagan

“Bobma” would be a new concept to any student in Bob Flanagan’s religious studies classes, but to Flanagan it is just his way of communicating.

Flanagan points out to his classes that if you reverse the word “dogma,” you get “am God,” and he says one of society’s failures comes when too many people fail to distinguish their points of view from God’s.

NOW YOU KNOW:Faculty stress

What was learned: An MU study found stressors to women on the faculty affect them more acutely than men and proposed ways to reduce stress for women.

How they did it: Jennifer Hart, assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and policy analysis at MU, and Christine Cress, a continuing education professor at Portland State University, sent surveys to, and composed focus groups of, faculty members from a large university in the Southwest (unidentified for these purposes) to evaluate each person and gauge stressors in his or her areas of scholarship.

MU faces determined Cyclones

When Missouri plays Iowa State tonight, there more at stake than just a basketball game.

Both teams are trying to keep postseason hopes alive.

Cougars pound AMC foe

Maybe they shouldn’t have bothered to show up at all.

The Harris-Stowe State College women’s basketball team arrived at Columbia College at 7:05 p.m. to play No. 11 Columbia College in the first round of the American Midwest Conference tournament.

House OKs MSU

JEFFERSON CITY — The signature of an eager governor is all that remains before Southwest Missouri State University realizes its goal of becoming Missouri State University.

Over the objections of an impassioned, bipartisan group of lawmakers, the House voted 120-35 to pass the Senate bill that bestows the name on the Springfield school. The House sponsor, Rep. B. J. Marsh, R-Springfield, was surprised at the overwhelming victory, saying he expected only about 90 votes in favor.

Spain’s social eats

When cabin fever begins to terrorize even the most cheerful Midwesterner, tapas are the perfect excuse to socialize. This Spanish tradition is a great way to enjoy the last stretch of winter without too much planning or stress.

In recent years, tapas have exploded onto the American food scene. These small snacks, eaten between meals with wine, date back to a 13th-century Spanish king, Alfonso the Wise.

Wildcats pose big challenge

It’s not done quite yet.

Some Missouri women’s basketball fans may have been wishing for this season to come to an end after a disappointing 9-16 record.

Academic results sub par in Big 12

More than half of Division I schools were caught napping in class, and it showed when report cards came out.

Now, punishments might be right around the corner.

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