Tigers look to halt slide

A big slump came at the wrong time for the Missouri Tigers.

After starting the Big 12 Conference season 8-1, MU has gone 3-6 in conference games, falling from first place to fourth. Missouri has lost four of its past five games overall, including two at the hands of a sub-.500 Southwest Missouri State team.

Restaurant wins award

Thomas Bair said he felt honored when he was awarded the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s 2005 Small Business of the Year award, but added it’s not all about winning.

“Our business is not better than anyone else’s,” said Bair, owner of the Cherry Street Artisan cafe. “The fun thing about this is recognizing all the hard work that these business owners put into their job.”

Partners in Education celebrate 21st year

The air was full of blue and white flags and inspiration as a few hundred parents, teachers and students gathered for the 21st annual Partners in Education Flag Celebration on Thursday.

Partners in Education is an organization of businesses and public schools in Columbia that helps to promote educa-tion among students by sharing human resources. The celebration is held each May.

Victim feared repairman, sister says

Zelpha Turner told her sister only days before she was strangled that she was afraid of a neighbor she had hired to repair the roof of her garage.

Margery Wade of Centerville, Iowa, said Turner, who was 77, told her during an April 29 telephone conversation that she was thinking of investing in a home security system.

Report outlines security spending

JEFFERSON CITY — The state has received about $135 million in federal homeland security money since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and about $49 million of it has been spent, a report from Gov. Matt Blunt’s office said Thursday.

Blunt asked state agencies for an accounting of how that money is being spent in February, saying it was tough to track where the funds had gone. The figures cover funds received after Sept. 11, 2001, through 2004.

Senate OKs bill to ban inmate spit

JEFFERSON CITY — The Senate gave final approval on Thursday to legislation that makes it a felony for inmates to throw spit, urine or other bodily fluids on prison guards.

Another provision of the bill allows the state to collect up to $60 a month from those on parole or probation. The state parole board could consider an inmate’s ability to pay and allow for lower or no payments.

MOBIUS plans move to save money

Two state information technology providers will combine locations to save money after receiving cuts in the state budget.

Employees of the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System, also known as MOBIUS, information technology providers will move across the street to join the Missouri Research and Education Network, also known as MOREnet.

Chances to score, solid relief elude Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Brian Giles had four hits and five RBIs Thursday night in the San Diego Padres’ 8-3 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, who turned the first triple play in the major leagues this season.

Giles ended a 0-for-22 slump by hitting a three-run home run and going 4-for-5, including an eighth-inning single that drove in the go-ahead run.

Music Cafe liquor license to be revoked on May 30

Music Cafe, located at 120 S. Ninth St., has lost its liquor license, said Terri Durdaller, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety.

The bar will lose its license to serve alcohol on May 30, Durdaller said, adding that the bar can appeal the department’s decision to the Administrative Hearing Commission.

State House sends budget to governor

JEFFERSON CITY — One state prison, one inmate work camp, more than 90,000 Medicaid recipients and more than 1,000 of the state’s full-time positions will be cut in the budget passed Thursday by the Missouri General Assembly. But $113 million has been added to the school foundation formula in the state’s $19.2 billion budget.

“We are still doing many great things for this state,” said House Budget Chairman Brad Lager, R-Maryville. “Many want to do more. We all recognize and acknowledge this, but at the end of the day, we can only help those with the greatest need.”

Bruins test focus for district action

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team is looking forward to a warm-up for the district tournament.

The Bruins will travel to Quincy, Ill., today to compete in the two-day Quincy Tournament.

Two Wal-Mart fires cause damage, but no injuries

Arson is suspected in fires started at two Columbia Wal-Marts on Thursday night. The first blaze started at 9:24 p.m. in the women’s clothing department of the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 415 Conley Road. The second fire, also in the women’s clothing department, was called in 20 minutes later from the Wal-Mart at 405 E. Nifong Blvd.

The fires are presumed to have been intentionally set, Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Sapp said at a news conference held at 10:20 p.m. outside the Conley Road store. Sapp said that after the second fire, all the other Wal-Mart store locations in Columbia were alerted, as were the stores in Boonville, Fulton and Mexico, Mo.

Stephens signs three

Dane Pavlovich has had a good week. Pavlovich, the basketball, volleyball and tennis recruiter at Stephens College, signed a player in each sport this week.

Picking MU’s provost

At a campus forum Monday, MU provost-hopeful Raymond Alden was pointedly questioned about academic freedom as it related to an incident last year at his campus, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

There, a professor did not support a remark made in class that homosexuals are less likely to plan financially for the future. A student took offense; and, ultimately, Alden, who is provost at UNLV, placed a “non-disciplinary letter of instruction” in the professor’s file.

Floyd mentioned as candidate for UNC presidency

A North Carolina newspaper has mentioned Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri System, as a possible candidate to lead the University of North Carolina System.

The Herald-Sun in Durham said in its April 23 edition that Floyd had “been mentioned privately among university faculty and administrators.”

Planning and Zoning reviews corridor plan

Columbia might soon have a plan to ensure consistent development along North Providence Road.

At Thursday night’s work session, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed a plan for the commercial development on the North Providence Road corridor between Business Loop 70 and East Broadway. The plan, after revision, could be adopted by the City Council as not only a guideline for the Providence Road corridor development, but also as a model for similar plans in other areas of Columbia.

Funds to propel diversity plans

MU academic divisions might receive more money for having an improved diversity plan, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said Thursday.

At MU’s Faculty Council meeting, Deaton said he would allot an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million to be divided among the university’s divisions, but he would not grant the funds until he sees an improved diversity plan.

Control issues sink K.C.

CHICAGO — Even with just a little offense, Jose Contreras and the Chicago White Sox found a way to win again.

Contreras pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and the streaking White Sox scored twice in the eighth without a hit to beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Thursday.