A running candidacy

Ever since the University of Missouri football team’s collapse down the stretch of a 2004 season that was supposed to be its most promising in years, the questions surrounding this year’s team have been swift and plentiful. Perhaps the most enticing question though, in a preseason loaded with them, is who will be starting at tailback when the Tigers open their season Sept. 3 against Arkansas State at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Smith makes’s top gamebreaker list

Missouri football fans have known quarterback Brad Smith is an explosive talent since Smith ran for 138 yards and a touchdown in his first college game. He led Missouri to a 33-20 upset of Illinois to jumpstart his freshman season. But now Sports Illustrated’s Web site,, has recognized it, naming the MU senior the No. 10 gamebreaker in college football. Other Big 12 Conference players in the top 15 are Texas quarterback Vince Young (No. 3), Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal (No. 7), and Texas Tech tailback Taurean Henderson (No. 15).

Mavs’ skid extends to five

The glass has been half empty for the Mavericks since they began the season 0-10. They’ll take whatever positives they can. It doesn’t matter if they’re trivial, or even if they come from outside the baseball diamond.

Rookie Reyes keeps Cards rolling

MILWAUKEE – On any other pitching staff, Anthony Reyes would have earned an encore. The St. Louis Cardinals’ top pitching prospect threw 6 1/3 innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut but didn’t have much time to celebrate his 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday because the club planned to send him back to Triple-A Memphis in the morning. “I hope I won’t be sent down, but I know it’s going to happen,” Reyes said. “Hopefully, I showed them something where I can come back and pitch again.” That he most certainly did, allowing just two ...

Blues sign former Flame

The St. Louis Blues added depth to their forward line on Tuesday, signing free agent left wing Dean McAmmond. The Blues also re-signed defenseman Bryce Salvador and announced that forwards Eric Boguniecki and Colin Hemingway had accepted qualifying offers.

Freight is enough

Robert Melloway holds a one-man office in Jefferson City for Trees Unlimited, a building material company based in Joplin. The booming housing and lumber market sweeping the nation has kept him busy, and a new warehouse built in northeast Columbia along the city-owned COLT railroad has broadened his business horizon. “Local access is a major advantage,” Melloway said. “Now I’ve gotten my materials local. I have more customers and provide them more convenience.”

Daniel Boone All-Stars fall short at regionals

The Daniel Boone National League All Stars from Columbia lost to Harney from South Dakota 2-1 at the Little League Baseball Midwest Regional Tournament on Tuesday. Daniel Boone National will be eliminated from the tournament if Harney defeats Hillside from Nebraska today.

Autopsy raises questions

Autopsy results for a 74-year-old woman who died Saturday morning at University Hospital show that her death was caused by an injury to the abdomen, Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao said Tuesday. Police identified the woman for the first time Tuesday morning as Nelva Gentry of 813B Again St.

Duffers repeat at Show-Me State Games

Ice Hockey champions by winning five-straight games in Springfield, Missouri over last weekend. Duffers were the lone Columbia representatives in the tournament, and defeated Burl Huerly from Springfield 14-0 in the finals on Sunday.

Missouri investments tied to Sudan

Missouri pension funds have more than $900 million and the University of Missouri System has more than $54 million directly invested in foreign companies that have equity ties with the war-torn nation of Sudan. Other states and some universities throughout the United States have begun a campaign to end investments like these that could inadvertently be supporting actions in Sudan that former Secretary of State Colin Powell has called genocide.

Sales tax to pay for road project

A developer has formed a transportation development district that will charge extra sales tax to pay for road projects surrounding a large commercial development at Range Line Street and Smiley Lane. The developer, Kevin Kearns, launched the Northwoods Transportation Development District to pay for construction of new roads and improvement of existing roads to accommodate anticipated traffic into the development.

Summer school pays big for students

As thousands of kids and parents cram into stores for back-to-school shopping, many will be using a new piece of plastic: the Newton Learning debit card. Newton Learning awarded Visa debit cards to 3,637 students at the end of Newton Summer Adventure, Columbia Public School’s free summer school program. The debit cards were given to students as an incentive for attendance during the five-week summer session.

A short line with a long history

The 21.7-mile railway was built in 1867 by the Boone County and Jefferson City Railroad at a cost of $512,000. It linked Columbia to the line running from Centralia to St. Louis and the country’s railway network. Two years after construction, the company met financial difficulty and sold the line to William Burr for $30,000, according to a COLT report. After several transactions, the railway was purchased in 1875 by Wabash Western Railroad and changed its name to Wabash Railway.

Recycling program provides safe technological trash disposal at MU

Throwing away compact disks and other technological trash is about as dangerous as discarding bank statements and credit cards without shredding them first. The GreenDisk recycling program at MU, however, provides safe disposal of intellectual property.

Judge to rule on air show protests

A simmering debate over First Amendment rights at the annual Memorial Day air show could soon be put to rest. Representatives for activists Bill Wickersham and Maureen Doyle, air show organizers Salute to Veterans Corp., and the city of Columbia plan to hold a conference call today with Judge Nanette Laughrey to determine whether distributing leaflets will be allowed at future shows, said attorney Marilyn Teitelbaum. She represents Wickersham and Doyle, who along with the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city and air show organizers earlier this year for the right to demonstrate with leaflets and petitions at the city-owned Columbia Regional Airport, where the air show is held.

Company planning wireless Web for rural areas

A Columbia company plans to provide wireless Internet to people living in rural areas surrounding Columbia. “We are trying to ring the city,” said Jerry Hyde, technical supervisor for Columbia Computer Center.

Blunt appoints three to security council

Mick Covington, 53, of Jefferson City was selected by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as a public representative to the Missouri Homeland Security Council Monday. Robert Wylie, 44, of St. Peters and Harold Bengsch, 69, of Springfield were also selected. The three men are the final selections for this position.