Slaying still a mystery a year later

In the vestibule of MU’s Memorial Union between the north and south wings is a small memorial: a flickering candle, some artificial flowers and a green paperback copy of the New Testament. It serves as a reminder of Jeong Im, the semi-retired MU microbiologist whose slaying last Jan. 7 remains a mystery.

Experts assess Avian flu threat

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns said Thursday that Americans should pay heed to the threat of Avian flu, but should not fear the virus, which has infected poultry and even some humans in Asia.

Beck gets warm retirement send-off

Smiles, laughs and lots of good wishes filled the room as more than 200 people stopped by City Hall on Thursday afternoon to say farewell to Ray Beck, retiring longtime city manager.

State awards new contract for college savings program

JEFFERSON CITY — Starting in May, Missourians will have a wider array of tax-free investment choices for their college savings accounts as a result of a new state contract.

Golf course to feature natural areas

The dense, towering trees where deer graze and owls perch behind Brett Wisman’s home in northeast Columbia will soon be replaced by motorized carts and shouts of “fore.”

Law for media gains support

JEFFERSON CITY — A year in which several reporters were ordered to testify about their sources and notes has prompted bipartisan support for a reporters shield law.

Blunt asks Ford executives to spare Missouri plant

ST. LOUIS — Gov. Matt Blunt is the second governor in as many days to visit Ford Motor Co. headquarters and ask executives to spare a plant in his home state.

Tigers exceeding expectations

The Missouri women’s basketball team, picked in the preseason to finish 10th in the Big 12 Conference, is out to prove its detractors wrong.

MU 10th in baseball poll

For the first time since 1983, the Missouri Baseball team is ranked in Baseball America’s preseason Top 25.

Full of youth

Oklahoma State, like their coach Eddie Sutton, has been known for its veteran presence, disciplined attitude, and tough-minded play.

Some of state's best gather for shootout

Rock Bridge basketball coach Jim Scanlon and Hickman coach Jim Sutherland have a full weekend ahead of them, culminating at Mizzou Arena on Sunday at the 2006 MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout.

Jeong Im remembered

Friends, family, Missouri officials, and former colleagues gathered Friday at the Maryland Avenue parking garage to honor the one-year anniversary of Jeong Im’s murder. “At about this time, about a year ago, a tragic thing happened,” Jackie Jones, vice chancellor for administrative services said Friday.

MU tops defending champs

Cindy Stein said the reputation of the Missouri women’s basketball team got a big boost Wednesday night.

Republican majority has less to rally around in ’06

JEFFERSON CITY — Just as students headed back to school this week, legislators headed back to the Capitol on Wednesday to kick off their 2006 legislative session.

Legislators cut Abramoff connections

Now that Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials, U.S. legislators from Missouri are distancing themselves from the lobbyist, as well as from former House Speaker Tom DeLay, who was indicted on campaign finance charges last fall.

Floyd hopes to protect jobs at UM amid cuts

Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri System, told a gathering of university employees Wednesday that it is too early to speculate whether layoffs will be necessary to reach administrative cost reductions announced in December for the four campuses and the central administration.

Martz’s great run bound to end

ST. LOUIS — Better than anyone, Mike Martz realized during the St. Louis Rams’ glory years that nothing lasts forever.

Reports say Chiefs still after Edwards

NEW YORK — The Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets discussed a compensation package for coach Herman Edwards on Wednesday, a source familiar with the situation said on condition of anonymity.

KC pizza robbery goes awry

KANSAS CITY — A man apparently looking for free lunch was arrested for allegedly assaulting a pizza delivery man.

Postal prices on way up

At Fifth and Walnut streets, a constant stream of visitors came through the Columbia Post Office’s doors during December. As they mailed holiday cards and packages, postal employees tried to prepare their customers for the postage rate increase set to take place Sunday.