Ruling makes goal of water standard urgent

A recent federal lawsuit could soon be making waves in waterways across the state of Missouri.

An April 2006 deadline for new regulations was undoubtedly the most pressing issue of the day. Wednesday for the Missouri Clean Water Commission. It met in front of a crowd that spilled out of a room that held 80 at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center.

Wal-Mart foes question strategy

On Park de Ville Drive, near the site where Columbia’s next Wal-Mart Supercenter will be constructed, front lawns are still dotted with “No Wal-Mart on West Broadway” signs.

Less than 24 hours after Wal-Mart defeated residents in a bitter rezoning fight, some members of the losing side are beginning to question the methods used trying to fend off the world’s largest retailer.

Four-term rep takes job at MU

Former 25th District State Rep. Vicky Riback Wilson launched a new phase of her career on Monday.

Wilson’s new job as a “specialist” at MU gives her part-time duties in both the Service Learning and Provost’s offices that will pay her $50,000 a year.

City preps for storm

The trucks have been double checked and the staff is on call. But street department Superintendent Jim McKinnon does not expect that the incoming ice storm will cause many problems in Columbia.

“I think we are going to dodge a bullet,” McKinnon said Tuesday afternoon.

2005 legislative session begins

Education funding, taxes and tort reform will once again go before the Missouri Legislature as lawmakers gather in Jefferson City for the opening of the 2005 regular session today.

Gov.-elect Matt Blunt, finishing his term as secretary of state, will swear in members of the House and Senate. Legislators will then select leadership for the new session.

Low energy, but Tigers get the victory

For the first time this season, Missouri coach Quin Snyder’s voice could be heard above the crowd in Mizzou Arena Tuesday when the Tigers played American University.

Luckily, it was a game that most people wouldn’t mind missing.

Kleiza has a distracted night

Missouri’s interim public announcer, having to pronounce new Lithuanian names, isn’t the only one who had a tough night Tuesday.

Just ask Missouri’s Linas Kleiza.

Two teams searching for their identities

Tonight will be a meeting of two unknowns.

“I like the fact that we’re playing a team that does have so many new players that are not established in the Big 12,” Oklahoma State coach Julie Goodenough said. “And that’s kind of the way we are too.”

Missouri keeps fans on their feet

When Missouri starts slow, it’s hard on everybody.

It is tradition for fans to remain standing until the Tigers score their first basket.

Smith leads Cougar victory

Columbia Cougar guard Terrence Smith is used to scoring.

But not usually like this. Smith‘s 30 points that led Columbia College to 80-53 win over Bacone College Tuesday night came off the bench.

Cougars’ home steak continues

The Columbia College women’s basketball team shook off some of the winter break rust to beat the Brescia Bearcats 59-50 Tuesday night.

In their second game in the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic in Southwell Complex the Coug-ars kept their six-game home winning streak alive.

Plan for new turf on track

If synthetic turf is installed at the Hickman and Rock Bridge high school stadiums, each field could withstand more than 300 events each year.

Those stadiums each host 30 to 35 events now.

Helping, an ocean away

The fund-raising efforts for the tsunami victims are going great, said Jutta Hopkins, executive director of the Boone County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“We have raised more than $15,000,” Hopkins said.

Here are some ways to avoid charity scams

As Americans raise unprecedented amounts of money for the victims of the tsunami disaster, the Better Business Bureau is cautioning people about scams that attempt to take advantage of people’s eagerness to help.

If you do think that you have been contacted by a phony charity, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and also with the Missouri attorney general’s office.

Stream issues before state commission

Heavy rains may be appropriate weather for today’s Missouri Clean Water Commission meeting.

Storm-water runoff is one of many factors that continue to challenge the health of Missouri’s waterways, especially in communities such as Columbia, where many stores, industries and new developments are located along its creeks and streams. The commission will discuss drinking and recreational water issues, including the recent lawsuit settled between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, which calls for the state to develop water quality standards consistent with the Clean Water Act by April 2006.

Sapp annexation earns first approval

With public hearings subject to delays and a community petition to prevent annexation in the works, few things are certain about Billy Sapp’s proposed developments.

Two things are certain, though; a public hearing on the developments’ zoning will be held Thursday at the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, and the Columbia City Council will hold a Jan. 18 public hearing on the proposed annexation and zoning of the land, which if approved would mark the largest voluntary annexation in Columbia’s history.

Wine culture matures

Jack is a B-rate actor and playboy who wants to have his last hurrah before he gets married on Saturday, and Miles is the failed writer and tragically uptight friend who is along for the ride. In the movie “Sideways,” written and directed by Alexander Payne (“About Schmidt”), the two former college roommates take a weeklong trip to California to “cut loose.”

Two years afterward, Miles (Paul Giamatti) is still recovering from his divorce with his therapist’s help. Though he outwardly disdains his friends “crass behavior,” he also envies that not even Jack’s impending marriage can prevent him from having fun. With a quick wit and carefree attitude, Jack (Thomas Haden Church) is a lovable but ultimately unredeemable character. He leaves Stephanie (Sandra Oh), a broken-hearted single mother, in his wake only to immediately sleep with another married woman, whose only redeeming quality is that she recognizes Jack from his former role on the soap opera “One Night to Live.”

Wal-Mart zoning approved

The Wal-Mart way presided Monday night when the Columbia City Council voted 5-2 to approve rezoning that will allow construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter and accompanying retail development at Broadway and Fairview Road.

Youth program to expand

For the past 15 years, Missouri Boys and Girls Town has operated a group therapy program for children, known as Healthy Alternatives, at its St. James campus. Thanks to a grant of $472,695 from the Missouri Foundation for Health, the program will be available this year to residents of the organization’s Columbia, St. Louis and Springfield campuses.

“We are really excited about this,” said Stacey Koeller, the agency’s assistant director of development. Koeller wrote the grants and received news of their approval in late November.

Teen drivers will be facing police checks

With the help of new grant money, the Columbia Police Department will soon be making an extra effort to ensure that teen drivers are buckled up.

“Fifteen- to 20-year-olds are the ones dying the most on the highway,” said Sgt. Timothy Moriarty, supervisor of the Columbia Police Department Traffic Unit. “This is an example of an effort to target young drivers to make sure they are obeying all the rules.”