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The Rehnquist legacy in Missouri

During his 18-year tenure as Chief Justice of the United States, William Rehnquist presided over three landmark cases that came from Missouri.

Providers named for Medicare drug plan

More than 800,000 elderly or disabled Missourians will soon be swamped with options for privatized prescription drug coverage under Medicare. The federal government has approved 10 insurers to provide nationwide coverage under Medicare Part D, the federal insurance program’s first-ever prescription drug coverage program. Some companies also will administer state and regional plans. Details about individual plans will emerge on Saturday, when companies can begin advertising their programs. Enrollment will begin in two weeks. In Missouri, 15 companies have been approved to offer plans with the Medicare prescription drug benefit. But those providers could each offer more than one insurance plan with the Medicare drug benefit, said Julie Brookhart, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City regional office of the federal agency that runs Medicare.

Nurse heads south to aid in relief effort

No running water, no electricity and plenty of mosquitoes. That’s what Fran Prica said she and other American Red Cross volunteers have been told to expect when they head south to provide disaster aid in the hurricane-stricken region.

Controversial artist speaks at MU

Andres Serrano, the straight-from-the-hip New York photographer, learned from his early career as a junior ad copywriter that titles should be simple. That philosophy comes through in his work, with titles including: “Heaven and Hell,” “Piss Christ,” “Blood,” “Master of Pain,” “Piss Discus” and “Milk.” His images have been considered anything but simple. They are often subject to both contempt and admiration.

Crafting a No. 1 arts store

Bluestem Missouri Crafts was founded in 1983 by five artists with the goal of creating a year-round venue in which to sell their artwork. The store initially featured art from its five founders: Sandy Litecky, Mary Benjamin, Sue Luger, Cindy Messer and Marilyn Vernon.

Fire department wins federal grant

The Columbia Fire Department will be able to purchase new portable radios thanks to a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The Fire Department requested funding for 52 Motorola radios, one digital mobile radio, a laptop computer and software, Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said. A button on each radio is able to send a signal to the laptop, indicating that a firefighter is in trouble.

Officials claim county plan needs review

A Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission subcommittee on Thursday debated the amount of detail the commission should consider when it reviews its nearly decade-old master plan. Kristen Heitkamp, chairwoman of the Planning and Zoning subcommittee reviewing the master plan, said the plan needs updating due to changes in the county’s population, infrastructure and land use.

Former girlfriend sentenced for supplying Evans’ firearm

A Columbia woman was sentenced in federal court Thursday for illegally purchasing a handgun for Richard Evans, the man who fatally shot Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden. Christinia Lowe, 24, was sentenced to three months in a halfway house followed by three months of house arrest, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office. The gun she purchased for Evans, her former boyfriend, was not used in the Bowden murder.

Faculty council to vote later on admission policy change

MU’s Faculty Council on Thursday considered retaining the existing admission policy for out-of-state transfer students rather than implementing a stricter one set to begin next year. Council member Tom Phillips said such a change would be advantageous for the university and for students.

Suspect charged with assault, robbery in two separate attacks

A Columbia man was arrested Thursday on charges of robbery and assault stemming from two incidents that took place a day earlier. Edward Brown, 24, was taken into custody and charged with third-degree domestic assault, false imprisonment and first-degree robbery.

Bruins seek way to end recent skid

After losing two straight games, Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile is trying to make adjustments. Not only with his team, but with his coaching approach as well. Ofodile said that after the team’s loss to Liberty two weeks ago he realized he might have been a little too hard on his team and expected too much.

Bye week gives Kewps opportunity to rest, heal

The Hickman Kewpies might be the only high school football team in Missouri not suiting up this weekend. And that’s just fine with wide receiver Brandon King. “We’ve got Friday off, that’s probably the best part,” he said, referring to this week’s scheduling bye.

Ingersoll wins award for sportsmanship

Carrie Ingersoll takes pride in the way she handles herself on the tennis court. She avoids controversy. Rarely does she lose her composure. Though she doesn’t hide her feelings, she doesn’t disrespect her opponent.

No easy answers for Tigers vs. Texas

Missouri will have its hands full with the Longhorns, and might need a bit of luck. How, then, to answer the question of what it will take for the Missouri football team to upset No. 2 Texas?

Bruins in Saturday’s ‘other’ matchup

The Missouri football players aren’t the only ones out to prove something Saturday. While thousands of fans will pack Memorial Stadium for the Tigers’ showdown against Texas, a smaller but just as loyal following will gather in the bleachers at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

District 4 golf crown on the line

The Rock Bridge and Hickman girls’ golf teams are seeking to improve before Tuesday’s Class 2 District 4 Tournament. “I just hope that the girls can shoot the best that they can do and feel good about those scores,” Bruins’ coach Melissa Melahn said.

All about Angus

There was little question about what would be on the menu for 600 farmers gathered in a barn in Mexico, Mo., on Thursday night: Angus beef. The dinner at the Sydenstricker Genetics farm was the culmination of the National Angus Conference and Tour, which brought together hundreds of farmers from 28 states and four countries.

MU group helps save wild tigers

A fresh face to the Mizzou Tigers for Tigers student organization means a new Tiger Awareness Week for the community. Events, including a visit by a tiger expert from Sri Lanka, will be held throughout Columbia starting Sunday. MU alumna Dana Morris became the group’s program coordinator in February. The position had been vacant for a year and a half. “To get the program back out in the campus eye, we wanted to have a big event that gave us a lot of exposure,” she said.

Fair to focus on conserving energy

Mid-Missouri Peaceworks will hold a Sustainable Living Fair on Saturday, which will offer visitors an opportunity to explore alternatives to gas and fossil fuel. A series of lectures, held at the Unity Center Sanctuary in Columbia, will cover subjects including solar power usage, composting, biodiesel and vegetable oil as a fuel source and general household energy conservation tips.

Hunters get new check-in

Missouri hunters will shoot into the technological age this fall hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Department’s end to the in-person game check-in and the adoption of a new electronic system by phone or Internet. The state’s conservation department requires hunters to check in their game in order to collect data on the numbers of deer and turkey taken for population management in the future.

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