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Blunt outlines school budget

JEFFERSON CITY — A crowd of administrators, teachers, principals and students gathered in the rotunda of the Capitol on Wednesday to hear Gov. Matt Blunt outline a budget that would increase funding for public elementary and secondary education by $170.6 million in fiscal 2006.

Tigers refocus with victories

Aside from charting Missouri’s seven home runs, there was little suspense surrounding its two blowout wins Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers swept Iowa State in a doubleheader at University Field. They won 9-1 in Game 1 and 11-1 in Game 2. Both games ended in five innings because of the eight-run rule.

Gunshots wreak havoc on day care center

Shots fired at a moving vehicle on Allen Street hit a residential day care several times Wednesday afternoon, Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond said in a news release.

Police said there were children in the backyard of the day care at the time of the shooting. Officers responding to the incident at 4:25 p.m. located numerous shell casings and discovered that the day care on the corner of Allen Street and Lasalle Place had been hit.

Faculty head calls for diversity group

As a way to attract and keep more minority students and faculty, a standing committee on diversity should be created as part of the Faculty Council, the group’s chairman said Wednesday.

Four arrested after federal meth investigation

Four Columbia residents were arrested Wednesday on felony narcotics charges, including one man who was the target of an 18-month federal methamphetamine investigation.

Blake Edward Idel, 20, was arrested on a federal warrant for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, Columbia police Sgt. Will Green said in a release. Idel’s arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation conducted by Columbia police and the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group Drug Task Force that targeted the manufacture and production of meth in mid-Missouri., police said.

Bill would evaluate higher ed

JEFFERSON CITY — Citing a growing national trend away from direct appropriations for higher education, the second-ranking Republican in the Missouri House said he wants to change the state’s method for funding public colleges and universities.

House Speaker Pro Tem Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, said his goal is to force schools to become more receptive to student needs while increasing efficiency.

House poised for major Medicaid cut

JEFFERSON CITY — House lawmakers are poised to send Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed Medicaid cuts to his desk. A vote could come as early as today, which is when the time for debate is set to expire.

Discussion opened Wednesday on the governor’s cuts, which would remove tens of thousands of Missourians from the Medicaid rolls. Democrats rallied to amend the bill, but their efforts were rebuffed repeatedly by a united Republican majority. Any changes in the legislation would require it to be sent back to the Senate, where it was ensnared in a 17-hour filibuster last month.

Kewps’ patience yields payoff

The Hickman baseball team can be dominant. Sometimes it just takes them a little while.

Hickman hitters needed a few looks at Hannibal pitcher Taylor Logan on Wednesday before they built an insurmountable lead and beat the visiting Pirates 10-0.

Vintage Pettitte lifts Astros past Cardinals

HOUSTON — Andy Pettitte felt better than he had in a long time, going all the way back to his final game with the New York Yankees almost 18 months ago.

He pitched like it, too.

Professors awarded Kempers

The second of 10 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence was delivered Tuesday morning to a very surprised Jana Hawley.

“This is quite an honor,” said Hawley, an assistant professor of textile and apparel management in the College of Human and Environmental Sciences.

Now you know

Qualrus software

What was learned: Ed Brent, a sociology professor at MU, has created a new computer program designed to search and analyze content. The software is a step up from most search programs designed for researchers by identifying patterns and codes for the researchers, according to a release from the MU News Bureau.

City forging ahead for trail grant

Residents in northwest Columbia want to see an overgrown field converted to parkland, tall grass give way to 5,000 feet of scenic trail and marsh-like terrain become six scenic ponds.

Hernandez solid in return

DETROIT — After a layoff of more than a year, Runelvys Hernandez was eager to prove his recovery from elbow surgery is complete.

“I waited a long time for this moment,” he said Wednesday after leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers.

Rally protests Medicaid cuts at legislature

Cynthia Hamilton has been diagnosed with 13 different disabilities, all of which she had written on her T-shirt Wednesday at a protest in Jefferson City.

Hamilton, along with hundreds of other protesters from across the state, gathered at the steps of the Capitol to urge lawmakers to oppose a bill that would cut Medicaid and other social services.

Campus overhaul

The makeover craze has swept MU. The campus is undergoing a facelift as many new and remodeled buildings are taking shape. But the improvements have come at a cost. Students have sacrificed money and convenience for these enhancements.

Housing improvements and a remodeled recreation center are in progress, and an updated student union is planned.

Hottest club in town

As Kyle Hawkins watched the Rock Bridge and Hickman lacrosse game from the sideline at Cosmopolitan Park, all he could do was smile.

Laughing children ran around the empty side of the field, shooting on empty goals and playing catch with their lacrosse sticks. This was one of the events that every player and fan of lacrosse in Columbia comes to.

Class jump-starts underachievers

Tabia Gardner, a seventh-grader at Lange Middle School, never thought she’d be throwing paper airplanes in class.

But on Wednesday, Tabia and her classmates — students in Carla London’s Aspiring Scholars class — had the opportunity to do just that.

5K run honors law school dean

Students wanting to remember and honor the late Tim Heinsz have decided to do something the former MU Law School dean loved to do: run.

The MU Student Bar Association will sponsor the inaugural Tim Heinsz Memorial 5K Run/Walk on April 16. Heinsz, Earl F. Nelson law professor and director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, died July 2 at 56 of a heart attack.

Faces

Dave Jankowski can usually be found either in the classroom or out on the water.

Jankowski, a graduate student in atmospheric sciences and president of MU’s Bass Fishing Club, established the fishing club at the end of the 2003 fall semester.

Division stalls bill to ban stem-cell research

JEFFERSON CITY — An effort in the state Senate to restrict embryonic stem-cell research in Missouri stalled Wednesday when faced with dissent within the Republican Party.

Sen. John Dolan, R-St. Louis County, a co-sponsor of SB 160 and a longtime opponent of abortion rights, said the bill coming to a vote would split the Republican Party — and the anti-abortion movement — and still would end with a veto from Gov. Matt Blunt.

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