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Investigation: Officer’s shot accidental

Columbia Police have released the name of the officer whose department-issue Remington .12 gauge shotgun discharged into the floor of a north Columbia duplex on April 16.

Officer Paul E. Dickinson, who has been with the Columbia Police Department for less than a year, faces disciplinary action for improper conduct, Capt. Sam Hargadine said. Although Hargadine would not say what disciplinary measures are being taken, he said Dickinson will not be dismissed.

Smoking ban for Columbia restaurants gets airing at subcommittee meeting

Jason Ksepka said he recently spent an entire Saturday in bed with a crippling headache, the result of consecutive nights out on the town at Music Cafe and Soco Club. He attributes the pain to the smoke-filled air at both venues.

“I was immobilized with a crippling headache. I could not do anything,” he said. “I couldn’t work; I couldn’t even sit in my bed and do my homework that I need to do because it was painful to look at the paper.”

Breakaway victory

Hickman was ready coming into Wednesday night’s game against Rock Bridge and it showed.

The Kewpies waited only 15 seconds before taking the upper hand.

Travelers declining at airport

The declining number of passengers at Columbia Regional Airport and possible ways to reverse the trend were the subject of a presentation to the Airport Advisory Board on Wednesday afternoon.

The airport has seen passenger numbers drop from 41,000 in 1994 to 18,000 in 2004. The situation has caused some fear about potentially losing commercial air service. Airport Superintendent Bill Boston responded to those fears Wednesday.

Police seek motive in death of 77-year-old

Investigators are looking for a break in the case of a 77-year-old woman who was strangled inside her rural Boone County home earlier this week.

Boone County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Tom O’Sullivan said there is no evidence that anyone forced their way into Zelpha Turner’s home at 6060 N. Route VV or took anything from the home. The victim’s granddaughter found Turner lying in her living room shortly before noon Monday.

Funding change advances

JEFFERSON CITY — A House committee approved an overhaul of how Missouri funds public schools on Wednesday, a change that Republicans say would balance the underfunded and highly criticized system. The plan, however, wouldn’t take full effect for more than seven years.

One day after Gov. Matt Blunt demanded action, suburban Republicans, who last week blocked the bill, reversed their votes. The shift proved strong enough to muscle the plan, which Blunt says will fix the state system, onto the House floor.

Remembering Kent State

First came the tear gas. Second came the 61 bullets. Then came the loss.

Columbia Peaceworks Director Mark Haim lost a childhood friend, Jeffrey Miller, on May 4, 1970, when Miller and three other Kent State students were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen after protesting the Vietnam War and the U.S. invasion of Cambodia.

Colleges wrap up plans for graduation

This weekend and next, Columbia will host proud parents, grandparents and keynote speakers as three of the city’s higher education institutions prepare to say goodbye to their graduating students.

Stephens College is scheduled to kick off the ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday, with about 110 students graduating in Silverthorne Arena on campus, Stephens’ news releases said.

Heath’s spot start rescues weary Kewps pitching staff

The only bad news the Hickman baseball team got during Wednesday’s home game came before a pitch was thrown.

After starting lineups were announced and the Kewpies took the field, junior pitcher Casey McIntosh threw his glove to the ground as he walked off the mound toward the Hickman dugout. He appeared to be indicating discomfort in his throwing arm.

Rock Bridge’s hitting comes alive in clutch

Collin Hoeferlin wasn’t patient at the plate Wednesday but it turned out to be exactly what Rock Bridge needed.

Hoeferlin, the Bruins’ senior first baseman, hit the first pitch in his first three at bats and reached base each time.

How Do I?

The MU Counseling Center provides MU students with many services, including individual, couples and group counseling; biofeedback and stress management; testing services and consultation; and outreach presentations. All counseling, outreach and consultation services are provided, free.

Service providers include licensed psychologists, psychology interns and master’s and doctoral students from the MU Department of

Honored Heroes

Dave Thomas could not hold back his tears when he met the two MU students who were the first to help his daughter, Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden, when she was fatally wounded in the line of duty almost four months ago.

Thomas received the Columbia Police Department’s highest commendation — the Ribbon of Valor — in Molly Bowden’s honor and then hugged the two men, Michael Thien and Kevin Johnson. After the Wednesday afternoon ceremony concluded, he wrapped his arms around them again.

Faces

Tiffany Blake grew up in California with a “dairy lifestyle” and said that her interest in opera, which she has had most of her life, seems random and mysterious to her family.

In her first year at MU, Blake, an assistant visiting professor of voice and the director of Show-Me Opera, is working to dispel the idea that opera is boring.

Rivalry gets more intense

In what Rock Bridge coach Marc VanDover calls a “very healthy” rivalry, the Bruins girls’ soccer team is beginning to close the gap.

Rock Bridge lost 3-0 to Hickman on Tuesday night, but VanDover said he thought his team was improving.

Hickman names Riley new coach

Curt Riley will take over the reins of the Hickman girls’ basketball program next year.

Hickman athletic director Doug Mirts made the announcement Tuesday in a news conference at the school.

Elementary school student detained

Boone County sheriff’s officials confirmed Wednesday that a Cedar Ridge Elementary School student was detained by juvenile authorities on a felony charge of knowingly burning and a misdemeanor charge of delinquent behavior.

The charges stem from an incident that is believed to have occurred between 8 and 9 p.m. on April 27.

Business school aims for diversity

The students in marketing 4185 at MU might soon change the demographics of corporate America. The class, more commonly known as the Vasey Academy, serves to introduce minority students to business and economics and provide them with academic opportunities in preparation for a career in business.

“The program enables a far greater number of minority students to become exposed to and involved in the business world,” program founder Roger Vasey says. “What better way to increase diversity in the business world and provide it with a greater supply of talented people?”

MU breaks ground for research facility

MU broke ground Wednesday morning on a one-of-a-kind research facility that reflects the university’s interest in becoming a leader in life-science research.

The National Swine Research and Resource Center will be the only research facility of its kind.

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