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Blunt orders investigation of transport service

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt is ordering the Department of Social Services to look into the death of a 63-year-old Medicaid recipient, after an OATS Inc. vehicle failed to pick him up earlier this week.

MU law professor worked closely with Alito

Samuel Alito, the newest Supreme Court nominee, is “a very careful, meticulous, detail-oriented judge,” an MU law professor said.

Sapp gets initial OK for The Vineyards development

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission late Thursday night approved developer Billy Sapp’s preliminary plan for The Vineyards, a major subdivision on the south side of Route WW.

Honoring veterans

Just back from their second funeral in a week, four members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280 Honor Guard sat in the smoky dimness of the Post’s cantina off Business Loop 70. A white belt and black tie rested on a table among half-filled glasses, ashtrays and a small unlit lamp. Country music played on the jukebox.

Public defender system ‘in crisis,’ report finds

As he sits in the Boone County Jail awaiting next week’s sentencing, John Winingar hesitates to say he has received unfair representation from his public defender.

UM braces for funding cutbacks

Today is the deadline for Missouri’s public universities to respond to a state request to pare their budgets in preparation for a possible $100 million hit.

Blunt focuses on Hispanic economics

The Missouri Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs has been given a new name and a revised economics-driven mission, and it will be recruiting new members — all to the surprise of former Hispanic Affairs Commission commissioners.

Correction

A profile on page 4A Thursday of Assistant City Manager Bill Watkins contained incorrect information about his service to two local groups. Watkins is a former member, not a current member, of both the Board of Education for Columbia Catholic School and the board of directors for Advent Enterprises.

Police: Woman robbed in her apartment

Four armed men robbed a woman after forcing their way into her home at Tiger Village Apartments on Wednesday evening, said the Columbia police.

Group offers cheaper gas to schools

For the third year, Hallsville R-IV School District expects to have lower heating bills.

VFW recognizes student essays honoring veterans

Columbia junior high and high school students answered the call of duty recently by responding to the question “Why Are Veterans Special?” in an essay contest in honor of Veterans Day.

P&Z approves new insurance buildings

Employees at Shelter Insurance Company might hear the sounds of construction equipment next door as early as next spring after planning and zoning commissioners voted Thursday to approve the company’s plans to build three office buildings at Stadium Boulevard and West Broadway.

Nixon launches ’08 governor run

JEFFERSON CITY — Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon plans to run for governor in 2008. Nixon filed his campaign finance report on Oct. 31, and will officially file his intention to run for office in March 2008.

Council rethinks road projects

When residents voted against Proposition 5 on Tuesday, they forced the Columbia City Council to re-examine its street improvements priorities.

Tigers focus on bowl bid

In the past two weeks, the Missouri football team’s preseason goals have crumbled like a sandcastle at high tide.

Support crew

The sign outside the store has a familiar appearance to NASCAR fans.

Study critical of adults’ influence on youth sports activities

Craig McGonagle said he remembers it vividly.

Wrestling life trains Askren for title shot

A plaque in the wrestling room in Hearnes Center reads “Champions on and off the mat.”

Bruins make sure they take the right approach

Respect all, but fear none.

MU’s Drew set for new season

Kassie Drew couldn’t quite remember which it was.

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