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Tax incentive supported

After a year and a half, Boone County’s first tax-incentive plan returned to the county commissionners’ table, who gave it the nod to proceed.

Commissioners held a hearing on Thursday concerning the Chapter 100 bonds plan. The proposal, which supporters hope will attract more business and jobs to Boone County, is sponsored by Regional Economic Development Inc., a public-private partnership formed by the city of Columbia to help implement economic plans. The commission endorsed the plan and encouraged the partnership’s officials to take it to Columbia City Council.

Village eyes annexation

Only a few months after becoming an incorporated village, Pierpont is on the verge of expanding.

Voters on Tuesday will decide whether to annex an area north and east of the newly established village. If passed, the proposition would extend the village’s northern border to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

MU foes swinging the blues

Normal circumstances don’t call for the Linda Ronstadt song “Blue Bayou” to be played on the public address system at University Field.

But Missouri softball assistant coach Tom Royder does.

Group raising funds for Kutaisi

Columbia is trying to find a final salt solution for its sister city, Kutaisi, in the Republic of Georgia.

The Columbia Cares for Kutaisi Committee will meet at 10 a.m. today at Shelter Insurance Gardens to begin a fund-raiser for a permanent salt facility in Kutaisi. The public is invited.

Grant will help expand park

A $150,000 grant from the federal government will help the city further construct and expand Flat Branch Park.

The money comes from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund and is distributed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. It will help pay for a second phase of park development, which will see the park expand into an adjacent city-owned parking lot.

Starting strong

It was a fall evening late in 2003, and Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson and his assistants were holding a routine meeting about the Tigers’ pitching staff.

One of the items on the agenda that night was Max Scherzer, the freshman with a blazing fastball, a nasty slider and a tricky change-up.

Plan would raise school funding

JEFFERSON CITY — A plan to boost annual spending on the state’s public schools by $665 million made its way to the Senate floor on Thursday.

The plan, to be phased in over five years, would eventually raise basic aid to public schools from the current $2.4 billion to a little more than $3 billion a year, not counting items paid separately, such as transportation.

State bill follows Schiavo’s death

JEFFERSON CITY — Shortly after the death of Terri Schiavo on Thursday, a state representative filed a bill that would prohibit doctors in Missouri from removing feeding tubes from patients who lack living wills directing their removal.

Lyndi Manson

Lyndi Manson schedules her life by the hour.

Manson, 22, is a senior at MU and majoring in textile and apparel management. Her time management skills are being put to the test in her last semester as she juggles 21 hours of classes (most students take around 15) and an internship.

The Origin Debate

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one:

Two scientists are digesting a complicated mathematical sequence on a blackboard when they come across a peculiar link in the proof. The words, “And then a miracle occurred,” bind a hodge-podge of fractions, angles and deltas. The older scientist advises his colleague to be more specific here. After all, science can’t play host to outrageous speculations.

Columbia designs will fill the runway in charity fashion show

Ten fashion lines created by Columbia designers will be showcased at the first KCOU fashion show. Proceeds will benefit the Rainbow House of Columbia, an emergency shelter serving abused and neglected children as well as families in crisis. The show will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday at The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.

“The show will be a great night of music and fashion,” said show coordinator Monica Jost.

Hickman hurlers keep hot streak alive in win

Players on the Hickman baseball team might have been wondering if they would ever surrender another hit.

After Kewpies pitchers threw back-to-back no-hitters, junior pitcher Casey McIntosh had spectators thinking perfection midway through Hickman’s 12-4 win against Mexico.

Electric flow under new managers

If everything goes as planned, Columbians shouldn’t have noticed anything different when they woke up this morning and they turned off their alarm clocks and flipped on their coffee makers. But for everything electric, today marks a new beginning.

The Midwest Independent System Operator, a federal agency based in Indiana, was scheduled to take control at midnight of more than 97,000 miles of transmission lines and more than 100,000 megawatts of electricity generation over 1.1 million square miles from Manitoba, Canada, to Missouri, and from eastern Montana to western Pennsylvania.

Globetrotters awe Mizzou Arena fans

As soon as an opposing player missed a free throw, Kevin “Special K” Daley of the Harlem Globetrotters was there to point and laugh in his face.

Laughing hysterically, he yanked down the pants of one shooter and sprinted to the half court line. To the delight of the crowd, the victimized player chased after Daley and forcefully pulled down his shorts, revealing an identical pair underneath.

Journalism library squeezes into basement

With a heavy sigh, Cindy Dudenhoffer walked past rows of empty bookshelves in the MU Journalism Library.

Dudenhoffer and Sue Schuermann, information specialists for the library, have been preparing to move the Frank Lee Martin Memorial Library north to its temporary location in the nearby Neff Annex basement.

Social Security panel seeks to educate, spur public action on topic

Ed Metzen did not mince words as he spoke about President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security: “This is not just a problem, it is scary as hell.”

Metzen, an MU professor emeritus of consumer and family economics, wasted no time Thursday night warning more than 60 Columbia residents and students at a forum organized by a number of local activist organizations that any attempts to privatize Social Security would “end in disaster” for future generations.

Run support fails Cougars

It seemed as if seniors Monica Mueller and Kerri Gapka pitched for different teams on Thursday.

Mueller, an All-American, pitched the first game of Columbia College’s doubleheader against fellow Region 5 member Central Methodist and was supported with six runs.

Boone County residents reflect on Terri Schiavo’s death

Pinellas Park, Fla., is about a 24-hour drive from Columbia. It’s more than 1,100 miles away. But it was home to Terri Schiavo, whose death hit close to home for some Boone County residents on Thursday, bringing both sighs of relief and feelings of sadness.

“When I went to bed (Wednesday) night, I was thinking that this would be her last day,” said Lana Jacobs, who has been closely following the Schiavo case and spent eight days protesting outside of Schiavo’s hospice in Florida last week.

Water-skiers set to compete

All the snow has melted in Mid-Missouri, but there’s no need to travel to Colorado to catch some great skiing action.

Waterskiing has started on Missouri’s lakes.

Committee unveils $19 billion draft budget

JEFFERSON CITY — Holding true to promises Republicans have been making since autumn, a preliminary draft of a $19 billion Missouri budget for fiscal 2006 calls for cuts to state government and includes no additional taxes.

The bulk of the budget cuts centers on social services and the Department of Mental Health. The appropriations bills call for a $59 million increase in spending for K-12 education.

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