Petition will not change plan

Even after 120 of University Terrace Apartments’ residents signed a petition opposing the demolition of the complex, Kathy Scroggs, MU’s vice chancellor of Student Affairs, told residents Tuesday at an informational meeting that she doesn’t expect the decision to use the land for a parking garage to change.

Three probable cases of mumps in county

Three probable cases of mumps have been reported in Boone County, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department said Tuesday afternoon.

Sex ed would require parent permission

JEFFERSON CITY — The House voted 92-61 Tuesday for legislation that would require permission slips and prohibit abortion providers from teaching or providing materials for the schools’ sex education courses. The bill needs a final vote to move to the Senate.

Police search for pickpockets

One man pretends to trip while exiting an elevator as his partner steals a distracted woman’s wallet from her handbag. This trick has been used by two pickpockets at least four times in Columbia since last July.

Firefighter given two-year probation

A Columbia firefighter received a nine-month suspended sentence and two years of unsupervised probation Tuesday in connection with an October incident in which he was accused of holding a gun to his girlfriend’s head.

City Council to vote on bid for new water main

By giving construction companies a few extra months, Columbia Water and Light could be saving $367,000 on a new water main.

A fresh coat of community

Four women with paint rollers in hand navigate around a couch and bookshelves in the sun room of The Shelter. They paint the walls a goldenrod-yellow and chat about old times. The women, members of the Columbia-based graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, are putting in action their plan to redecorate this room and make it a better place for The Shelter’s residents.

Senate passes ethanol bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s Senate approved a proposal Tuesday that would require most gasoline sold in the state to contain ethanol, despite charges that such a measure would amount to a tax increase for motorists.

Man in fair condition after apartment fire

A Columbia resident was hospitalized Tuesday night after the bed in his apartment caught fire.

Facing a housing crunch

In order to make room for a University Hospital parking garage, residents of University Terrace Apartments, mainly international students with children, were told Friday that they must find alternative housing by December.

Court rules for Blunt in bridge dispute

JEFFERSON CITY — A judge ruled Monday for Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration in a dispute with Attorney General Jay Nixon over the fate of an old Katy Railroad bridge.

Professor shares Andean discovery

The Temple of the Fox lay covered by dirt and sand for 4,000 years in the barren hills of Buena Vista, Peru, before it was unearthed in June 2004 by Robert Benfer, professor emeritus of anthropology at MU.

Subpoena is sought for O’Neal photos

Opposing counsels in the Aaron O’Neal wrongful-death suit worked together once again Monday morning as they asked a 13th Judicial Circuit judge to subpoena 622 photographs taken at the practice where the MU football player collapsed.

Ex-principal claiming defamation

A former elementary school principal is suing the Moberly Public School District, accusing it of defamation after the school board suspended him without pay for the remainder of his contract.

Public to weigh downtown growth

As Columbia grows, so must its downtown.

Guilty plea leads to life sentence

A Montgomery City man was sentenced to life in prison Monday in 13th Judicial Circuit Court after having admitted in February he had sexual encounters with three underage Boone County girls.

House OKs plan for profits of loan sale

JEFFERSON CITY — The House endorsed a plan Monday to spend most of a projected $450 million windfall from a student loan sale on college construction projects.

Alternative agency offers ads a la carte — and in a hurry

Aric Bremer said he was programming radio stations for the Zimmer Radio Group when Terry Woodruff approached him about the idea for a “one-stop ad shop.”

State conference draws students in business suits

From the Holiday Inn Select lobby, the crowds of suits could belong to any hotel business conference. But once inside the Truman Room, the business-dressed group shows it is more accustomed to T-shirts and ripped jeans.

Dreaming of the draft

Calvin Washington has made many tackles during his four-year career as a defensive back at Missouri, but this weekend, Washington will try to tackle his biggest dream: playing in the NFL.