Filing for their share

Copyright owners are putting up a fight against companies that distribute file-sharing software, allowing users to download and share music and movies among other users.

The struggle continued at the Supreme Court last month when justices grappled over whether copyright owners should be allowed to sue Internet companies that allow users to download software to swap music and movie files from the company’s server. Once the users download the program, they can transfer files among one another.

First U.S. women’s decathlon at Mizzou

Liz Young will make history this week.

Young, a junior on the Missouri track and field team, will be one of four women competing in the first official women’s decathlon held in the United States. The event is part of the Audrey Walton Combined Event Carnival beginning Thursday at Walton Track Stadium.

City to expand Flat Branch Park

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission has plans this summer to begin redevelopment of another part of Flat Branch Creek.

From 2000 to 2001, the city redeveloped part of the creek by removing the concrete that made up its creek bed and developing the surrounding area with walkways, benches and a gazebo.

New Bonne Terre execution area termed ‘ready’

BONNE TERRE — Barring an appellate court’s intervention, within weeks, Donald Jones could make history as the first Missouri inmate to see a place few prisoners ever care to see — the state’s new execution chamber.

Previewed for reporters Tuesday, Missouri’s new execution area was termed ready at the maximum-security prison in this eastern Missouri town. Jones, convicted of killing his grandmother, is scheduled to die by injection April 27.

Strong second half not enough

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team’s second-half surge couldn’t overcome an early deficit.

Jefferson City was able to fend off the Bruins for a 2-1 win Tuesday night at Cosmopolitan Park and finally get a win in Columbia.

Greek house fire safety scrutinized

Columbia architect Bob Cunningham is drawing a blueprint for a fraternity house in Mississippi. In the past 20 years, his company has designed 60 to 70 Greek houses. This one belongs to Alpha Tau Omega and might be the most famous. In August 2004, fire destroyed the original house at the University of Mississippi and claimed the lives of three students, ages 19 to 20.

“There is nothing sadder than losing a child,” Cunningham said.

Evolution under Darwin

This week marks 10 years since Darwin Hindman became mayor of Columbia. Steady growth has been the defining feature of the city, but Hindman has worked hard to maintain Columbia's standard of living. "There is great satisfaction in your city being a good place to live in," he said. Here's how the city has changed over the past decade.

Senate nears vote on school funds formula

JEFFERSON CITY — With the bulk of the Republicans’ legislative priorities making fast progress through the legislature, the Senate was set to vote on a change in the formula used to fund schools late Tuesday night.

Although a vote did not come as of press time, Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, who led the effort to change the formula used to disperse state funding to local schools, said he planned to permit floor debate to continue to a vote. These changes would be the first wholesale changes to school funding since 1993.

Fast freshmen leading squads

A strong youth movement has the Rock Bridge swimming and diving team taking shape.

Thirteen of the 17 Bruins who competed in their most recent meet were freshmen.

Abuse suspect to lose horses

SPRINGFIELD — A man accused of neglecting more than 100 horses on his ranch near Republic will lose his animals and face more counts of animal abuse and neglect.

William Zobel faces a total of 38 misdemeanor counts after 27 counts of animal abuse and animal neglect and two counts of failure to dispose of an animal carcass in a timely fashion were added Tuesday, Greene County assistant prosecutor Dan Patterson said.

St. Louis student sit-in gets attention

ST. LOUIS — Washington University students taking part in the ninth day of a sit-in seeking higher pay for the university’s contract workers were notified Tuesday by the school that they were violating the university’s judicial code.

The students received the notices a day after about 15 students launched a hunger strike and as their efforts are drawing support from national politicians and labor activists.

MU, Cumulus reach new deal

The University of Missouri and its multimedia rights holder, Mizzou Sports Properties, signed a five-year deal with Cumulus Media, Inc. to keep the Tigers on Cumulus radio affiliates in mid-Missouri.

Missouri football and basketball games, along with “Tiger Talk,” will continue on KFRU 1400 AM and KBXR 102.3 FM in Columbia through 2010.

Blunt praises pilot diabetes program

Diabetes patients given special instructions and feedback under a statewide pilot program better managed their blood-sugar levels and lowered their cholesterol, according to results released Tuesday.

Gov. Matt Blunt praised the program, saying these types of preventative efforts for chronic illnesses could save the state millions in Medicaid costs.

Blunt defers state hospital payments

JEFFERSON CITY — The state is delaying about $30 million in payments to hospitals that treat Medicaid patients to try to ease Missouri’s continued cash flow problems, the governor’s office said Tuesday.

The funding cutback is the second in recent weeks by Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration. The state already is delaying $100 million in payments to its major universities.

Officials OK faster Cold War compensation

ST. LOUIS — The Department of Health and Human Services has given the go-ahead to speed up payments to some Missouri Cold War-era workers stricken with cancer from exposure to radiation, Sen. Kit Bond’s office said Tuesday.

The decision takes effect 30 days after it is submitted to Congress, unless Congress halts the payments.

Brewer would boycott Mo. over biopharm rice

WASHINGTON — Anheuser-Busch Cos., the nation’s No. 1 buyer of rice as well as its largest brewer, says it won’t buy rice from Missouri if genetically modified, drug-making crops are allowed to be grown in the state.

The St. Louis-based beer giant, which says it is concerned about possible contamination, is the latest company to express concern over plans by Ventria Biosciences to grow 200 acres of rice engineered to produce human proteins that can make drugs.

Delayed gratification

ST. LOUIS — Jason Marquis hit a bases-loaded triple and pitched into the seventh inning, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 Tuesday night.

Jim Edmonds and Reggie Sanders hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning for the Cardinals, who rebounded after a day off from a pair of blowout losses to the Phillies in which they gave up 23 runs. Edmonds’ second home run of the season was the 1,500th hit of his career.

Opening day jogs memories

KANSAS CITY — Fifty years ago Tuesday, former president Harry Truman threw out the first pitch when Kansas City entered the major leagues as the new home of the Athletics, the storied American League franchise that won five World Series under Connie Mack.

Arnold Johnson, a Chicago businessman, bought the team from Mack in November 1954 and moved it to Kansas City, which welcomed the newcomers with a parade on April 11.