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Tax program sees success

Tax season doesn’t have to be stressful. Because of MU Extension’s Missouri Taxpayers Education Initiative, known as MoTax, low- to moderate-income families have a way to avoid the expense of hiring experts to file their taxes. The program provides free assistance in Missouri to households that earned less than $40,000 last year, individuals with disabilities and the elderly.

In the Columbia area, the initiative is a partnership with the MU department of personal financial planning, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, the Central Missouri Counties’ Human Development Corporation and the Internal Revenue Service. In the second year of its pilot phase, the program is gaining recognition. With more than 650 tax returns already filed this year, the project is on target to surpass last year’s total of 800. April 14 is the last day to file with the MoTax Volunteer Income Tax Association sites in Columbia.

New UMR chancellor brings experience

The University of Missouri-Rolla’s next chancellor will be John F. Carney III, University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd announced Thursday. Carney will assume the post Sept. 1 after the retirement of current chancellor Gary Thomas, who announced his plan to retire last year, a press release said.

Carney, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts until last fall, will head the 5,500-student campus and report to Floyd.

Women's progress speech closes week

Martha Burk, author of “Cult of Power,” will speak

about women’s progress to positions of power at 7 p.m. Thursday in Stephens College’s Windsor Auditorium, 1405 E. Broadway.

Feminist author to speak in Columbia

Meredith Peebles, a senior at MU, appreciates the irony in the reason bell hooks doesn’t capitalize her name.

“I’ve heard she wants people to listen to her message and not pay attention to the name on the work,” Peebles said. “Despite this, her name has become iconic. That is what has happened for me, anyway.”

Unlocking the Shackles of Grief

Columbia Police officer Corey Bowden woke up one January morning in John Beall’s nightmare.

Beall, a police officer in Dayton, Ohio, married his first girlfriend and high school sweetheart. They had three children. He and Mary Lynn Beall both worked at the Dayton Police Department.

Stephens students can enroll at open house

Stephens College will hold a 24-hour open house beginning at 11 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center, 2200

I-70 Drive SW, to provide information about its graduate and continuing studies courses.

Commission douses ideas for fire codes

Fire Marshal Steve Sapp wants to protect young adults in Columbia from fire by adding more sprinkler systems to nightclubs and Greek houses.

At Monday’s public hearing for fire protection codes, Sapp proposed two amendments to codes related to the installment of sprinkler systems. Both failed to get approval from the Building and Construction Code Commission.

Royals' pitcher making speedy recovery

Runelvys Hernandez did everything he could to get out of the Dominican Republic and make it to the big leagues.

He made it. But along the way, all that hard work wrecked his pitching arm and put his career on hold for almost two years.

Faces: John Uehling

John Uehling likes to work a crowd. In high school, he did it from inside his school’s tiger mascot uniform, but at MU he took center stage in a cheerleader’s black and gold.

“Being a cheerleader, you learn how to talk to people,” Uehling said. “People will just come up to you randomly and ask you questions about what you do. I’m a lot more at ease with talking to people I don’t know.”

Pedophilia suspect arrested

Efforts by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department to crack down on child molestation resulted in deputies arresting a man Friday on suspicion of enticing a child.

Deputies arrested a man who had allegedly communicated with a detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl online, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department. After communicating for about two weeks, the man allegedly arranged to meet the fictitious girl at a prearranged location for sex.

Suspect has robbed Pizza Hut four times, police say

The past two weeks have not been good ones for a Pizza Hut in north Columbia.

Police say they think the same person is responsible for four robberies in 11 days at the Pizza Hut at 2000 W. Worley St. The suspect is described as a man in his late 30s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and 170 pounds, with blue or green eyes.

Math team counts another win

After two years of preparation and competition, four West Junior High eighth-graders earned a chance to show off their math smarts — and they won first place in the state MathCounts competition last weekend, beating 44 other schools for the title.

This is the second year in a row that West Junior High has won first place in the competition.

Bears advance to title game

Jenni Lingor scored 32 points to lead Southwest Missouri State to an 89-80 victory against Iowa in the semifinals of the Women’s NIT on Monday night.

K.C. Cowgill finished with 21 points and Sarah Klaassen added 12 for Southwest Missouri (24-8). Kari Koch finished with 12 assists.

Magazine aimed at local elites launches today

Columbia’s elite will now have some provocative reading material aimed toward them, thanks to local media creator Fred Parry.

Parry’s latest magazine, Inside Columbia, his 12th publication in the city, is geared to homes with an average income of more than $125,000. The magazine will focus on homes, business and leisure in Columbia.

Vote is on for next One Read book

Book lovers in Boone and Callaway counties have the opportunity to choose between saving Earth from space aliens or exploring Afghanistan’s changing lifestyles and regimes.

They can participate in One Read and choose their favorite of three books picked by a panel of residents from Boone and Callaway counties: “Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card; “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini; and “West of Kabul, East of New York,” by Tamim Ansary.

Some questions have no answers

I was saying to someone the other day that whether in spite of or because of the state of the weather, spring flowers seem to bloom in their own time. There have been spring mornings when I have seen crocus blossoms spread open in the snow. Daffodils, iris and forsythia always seem to flower, no matter the temperature. I think there is a life lesson here that we could all learn from. I think there are special moments when the rhythms of life, for no apparent reason, blend together in a harmonious refrain without the assistance of other identifiable forces.

I am always amazed at the number of times, for example, when I have had phone calls or letters from several special friends on the same days without reason, though I may not have heard from them for several months. People call such occasions coincidental acts, and for lack of a better explanation, I accept that. Frankly, I like to think there are forces moving in the universe that I don’t know about which trigger that kind of activity.

Political women invite others to cause change

Six powerful women sent a powerful message Monday: Women must support each other in order to change society.

“It is absolutely critical that we stand together, that we encourage each other to run (for office),” said Wendy Noren, Boone County clerk, who participated in the discussion at Stephens College on “Navigating Political Cultures: How Women Affect Policy Change.”

Crisis response tested

What was learned: Betty Winfield, MU journalism professor, used different research methods to categorize types of attorneys general during war crises and the way they interpret and enforce laws during such times.

Math teaching adapts to technology

It is material that John Nies, a Derby Ridge Elementary School teacher, knows: basic math.

The problems and solutions haven’t changed since Nies was an elementary school student more than 20 years ago. The way students go about finding those solutions, however, has changed. Thanks to the continued advancement of technology, mathematics is drastically different from what it was two decades ago.

Six injured, one critically, in I-70 crash on Saturday

A Tennessee man remained in critical condition Sunday after a weekend car accident on Interstate 70 that blocked traffic in both directions. The five passengers of the car were listed in stable condition.

The initial investigation indicates Ron Benedict, 57, of Brentwood, Tenn., fell asleep while driving, according to the Columbia Police Department. His black sport utility vehicle left the interstate about a mile west of Stadium Boulevard and overturned.

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