Stabbing is eighth homicide this year in Columbia

Columbia police arrested two men Monday afternoon in connection with the stabbing death of a 19-year-old man in west-central Columbia. Alejandro Flores-Ramirez was stabbed multiple times around 1:35 a.m. behind a home at 202 Wheaton Court, according to Columbia police, who found Flores-Ramirez collapsed at the corner of Clinton Drive and West Ash Street at 1:40 a.m. He was taken to University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Parents argue for removal of book

When Cerise Ivey of Lee’s Summit first heard from a friend about Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” in 2003, she went to Wal-Mart to buy a copy. Her son would be starting sixth-grade the next year in the Blue Springs School District and would be just a couple of years away from the eighth-grade curriculum in which “The Giver” was taught. She wanted to know what he might be reading.

More freshmen, minorities at MU

Kelly Goltschman sat on the wooden benches near the University Bookstore late Monday morning, studying the back of her Tiger Guide. Although she had finished her classes on the first day of school at MU, she was looking at a university map, finding buildings for her Tuesday classes and mapping out a route to them. “I would be lost without the map in the back, so it definitely helps,” said Goltschman, a freshman from St. Louis who scouted out some of her classes this past weekend.

Audit shows millions in child support held

JEFFERSON CITY — The state has not distributed millions of dollars in collected child support payments, often because it lacks a current address for the custodial parent, according to a state audit released Monday. The audit found that as of February, the Department of Social Services’ Family Support Division held $4.1 million in child support collections that hadn’t been paid to custodial parents, noncustodial parents and the state. Some of that money was collected as long ago as 1997.

Car topples mailboxes

Cars drove slowly past the Columbia Post Office on Walnut Street on Monday as two maintainence men drilled holes into the ground. Sweat dripped down one man’s face, and he wiped it off with his red handkerchief in between drills. Another anchored five collection boxes into the ground beside the mailbox dropoff lane. Around 1 a.m. Monday, an unidentified vehicle plowed into seven collection boxes and a sign standing nearby. The boxes were completely ripped off their bases and their legs were destroyed. They were left scattered along the road.

Decision on Missouri bases nears

WASHINGTON — Three months after the Pentagon proposed cuts that would slash more than 3,600 military and civilian jobs in Missouri, state officials are bracing for a final vote this week by the commission charged with streamlining America’s military complex. Starting Wednesday, the nine-member Base Closure and Realignment Commission will publicly debate the fates of military installations nationwide. At the hearings, scheduled to last through Saturday, the commissioners are to vote on each installation.

Free gun locks are ­popular in Boone County

Demand for free gun locks has been so great that the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, which received hundreds of the locks at the first of the year through the Project Childsafe program, has already run out. The program is part of President Bush’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, which aims to reduce gun-related crimes in the United States.

Mo. film office moving to MU

The state Department of Economic Development announced Monday that the Missouri Film Office will transfer to MU. Under the agreement, the state will pay MU $150,000 a year to manage the office, which works to promote the film industry in Missouri. The move, from Jefferson City to McReynolds Hall on campus, will save the state $50,000 this year, according to the department.

Missouri State University to be official Saturday

SPRINGFIELD — Some things never change on the first day of college. Freshmen wander aimlessly, campus maps in hand. Fraternity and sorority members wear their Greek letters with pride. Professors pass out syllabuses and crack cringe-inducing jokes.

Mulder gains another victory

PITTSBURGH — Let Chris Carpenter get all the attention. For Mark Mulder, winning is reward enough for a good season that keeps getting better. Mulder beat the Pirates for the fifth time in five career starts against them, allowing three hits in eight innings. The St. Louis Cardinals got off to a good start on a season-high 13-game road trip by winning 3-1 Monday night.

Martz pleased despite defeat

ST. LOUIS — To the casual fan, the St. Louis Rams’ blowout preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers looked much like last season, with a spotty defense giving up big plays and big points. But Rams coach Mike Martz saw plenty to like in Sunday’s 36-21 defeat.

Royals top draft pick not at senior classes

KANSAS CITY — The father of first-round draft pick Alex Gordon said he did not attend classes at Nebraska on Monday, which would have caused the Kansas City Royals to lose his rights. The Royals, who made the slugging third baseman the second player taken overall in the June draft, had said they were confident he would not attend classes even though he had enrolled for what would have been his senior season.

Grant to add nurse at jail

Boone Hospital Center Trustees decided Monday to renew grant money to pay for an additional nurse at the Boone County Jail. The grant of $150,000, spread evenly over two years, will pay for a third registered nurse to treat inmates at the jail rather than at area hospitals. Because Missouri counties are not required to pay medical expenses for inmates, hospitals often end up paying inmates’ treatment costs.

Missouri football player died of meningitis

Valerie Rao, the Boone County medical examiner, announced Tuesday that Aaron O’Neal’s July 12 death was caused by lymphocytic meningitis. O’Neal, a redshirt-freshman linebacker from Creve Coeur, died following a pre-season conditioning workout at the University. Also Tuesday Lonnie O’Neal, the father of Aaron O’Neal, filed a wrongful death suit.