House cuts Medicaid

JEFFERSON CITY — A key plank in the governor’s plan to increase education spending without tax increases by substantially cutting the state’s welfare system, particularly Medicaid, cleared its final hurdle Thursday when it passed the state House of Representatives.

The bill — one of the most hotly contested items in a legislative agenda that pushed for changes in the civil liability system, the Southwest Missouri State University name-change and wholesale changes to the worker’s compensation system — would tighten eligibility requirements to remove 89,000 from the Medicaid rolls.

Discussion enriches Islam Awareness Week

Fatten Elkomy said moving to the United States helped her strengthen her Islamic faith. A native of Egypt, Elkomy said the tradition of wearing hijab — the modest clothing that covers most of the body and head — was beginning to fade.

“I began wearing hijab when I was 13,” Elkomy said Tuesday night at a discussion called, “Faces of Islam in America.”

A night of cultural expression

Seven small girls — beautifully costumed in jewel-toned satin and flowing head scarves — sway their arms and stomp their feet to the music.

The intimate group of spectators claps with the beat, cheering and snapping photos.

Catholics consider next pope’s mission

As they await the election of a new pope, Columbia Catholics are sifting through their memories of John Paul II while contemplating the future of the church.

A host of issues will face the next pope — the celibacy of priests, women in the clergy, birth control, stem-cell research and others. Such potentially divisive issues have dominated the media coverage since John Paul’s death April 2.

Quantity important in screening for alcohol abuse

The potential for harmful drinking begins with two cocktails, glasses of wine or beers a day, a Missouri medical researcher says. But, unless doctors screen effectively during office visits, their patients’ alcohol abuse may go unnoticed.

To screen for hazardous drinking, doctors must ask the right question, said Dan Vinson, who believes he’s arrived at the right one following his study of people in hospital emergency rooms.

Andy Kohl picked for Rock Bridge principal job

Sports, cars, hunting, construction and giving detentions — those are the hobbies Andy Kohl lists on his biography on the Truman High School Web site.

Rock Bridge High School students should hope that another of Kohl’s hobbies is to joke around, because he will soon have control over their detentions.

Doughnut shop zoning on hold

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted on Thursday night to table a request that land near Stephens Lake Park be rezoned to accommodate plans for a restaurant development so that it will have more time to consider the traffic implications of the request.

Developer Jay Lindner has asked the city to rezone the 8-acre tract at the northwest corner of Broadway and Trimble Road from 0-1, office, to C-P, planned commercial. A site plan on file with the city shows a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop being built on the land, which is part of the Broadway Shops development.

Suspects wanted in two shootings

A passenger in a white Cadillac fired several shots near Fourth and Grand avenues on Wednesday night as children played nearby.

Police believe the incident is connected to a similar shooting that occurred two and a half hours earlier at Allen Street and LaSalle Place. Although children were in the area of both incidents, police said the children were not the targets in either case.

Mini Mizzou plays on Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak and Vanna White bring their TV game show “Wheel of Fortune” to Kansas City this weekend. The tapings will be today, Saturday and Sunday in the Bartle Hall convention center, with a different theme each day.

“Big 12 College Week” is the theme of Saturday’s taping, which features MU students, the pep band Mini Mizzou and MU cheerleaders.

MU’s Laurie to transfer

Spencer Laurie, a sophomore guard for the Missouri men’s basketball team, has decided to transfer at the end of the spring semester, the Missouri athletic department announced Thursday.

“Spencer has epitomized what being a student-athlete and teammate is all about,” Missouri coach Quin Snyder said in a release. “I appreciate all of the contributions he has made while he has been here and the attitude he brought to the court each and every day. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Rec centers are wooing students

AKRON, Ohio — Dominic Mann had been considering attending the University of Akron when he saw the school’s new $40 million recreation center.

The expansive center’s basketball gym and weight equipment — even a rock-climbing wall — helped Mann decide to attend Akron.

Younger Edwards in spotlight Saturday

It took Kenny Edwards a while, but he is finally venturing into the family business.

The younger brother of NASCAR star and Columbia native Carl Edwards will compete in his first race Saturday night at 24 Raceway, just east of Moberly.

Tigers rebuild defensive line

C.J. Mosley and Atiyyah Ellison were the foundation of a Missouri defense that was No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in yards allowed last season. The duo, which started every game in the interior of the defensive line last season, is gone now.

But Ellison exhausted his eligibility and Mosley decided to leave the Tigers for the NFL a year early. Rebuilding the line is perhaps the Tigers’ biggest need on defense.

Missouri doubles focus for weekend

The Missouri women’s tennis team will try to get back on track this weekend when they play host to Kansas State at 2 p.m. today and Kansas at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Tigers (12-5, 2-4), ranked No. 47 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings, have lost their past three matches, all Big 12 Conference contests. The most recent was a tough 5-2 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers were swept in doubles, which led them to emphasize that this week in practice.


When he was 7, Chris Schultz saw the destruction after a tornado hit a town west of his hometown of Tinley Park, Ill. Rather than be intimidated, Schultz wondered how tornadoes work.

Years later, he knows.

Hickman golfers win title in Fulton

Hickman captured the William Woods Tournament title on Thursday at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton.

Hickman led the 12-team field with a score of 310. Jefferson City finished second with 314 and Helias was third with 316. Drew Wier and Kyle Kovar led the Kewpies with 76s. Nick Wilson added a 77 and D.J. Chung shot 81.

MU slugging, but top spots struggling

Lost in Missouri’s series win against Texas Tech last weekend were the struggles of a key group of Tiger hitters: the top three in the order. The Tigers scored 25 runs on 13 hits in Friday’s win, but even in that impressive offensive performance the top three spots were a combined 1-for-14. Saturday was another Tiger win but another rough day for Bryson LeBlanc, Derek Chambers and John McKee. They went 0-for-10.

Those top-of-the-order woes finally hurt the No. 23 Tigers in Sunday’s 5-3 loss. The top three spots were 1-for-14 without a run scored.

Short-handed Kewpies shut out

For the first time at home this season, the Hickman girls’ soccer team was the one shut out.

Unable to use their normal rotation, the Kewpies lost 5-0 to the St. Teresa’s Academy Stars on Thursday at Cosmopolitan Park. Coach Jon Strodtman put the blame on himself.

Nedoma, Rock Bridge streak past Helias with strong second half

Rock Bridge’s Karissa Nedoma was racing down the right side of the field when a precise pass reached her feet.

Sophomore Erin Bucko placed the ball in front of Nedoma with just enough space for her to hit a shot into the back of the net to break a tie midway through the second half.

Westminster topples Stars

Being short a player didn’t affect Westminster’s performance Thursday against Stephens.

Bringing five players instead of the allotted six, the Blue Jays women’s tennis team overcame two forfeited matches to defeat the Stars 7-2.