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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.

Blues fizzle again

ST. LOUIS — A quick goalie change helped the Nashville Predators end a four-game losing streak.

Long path yet to go for prefiled bills

State bills may originate in either the Missouri House or the Senate. Lawmakers may introduce legislation after Dec. 1 for the upcoming session of the General Assembly. These proposals are prefiled and are introduced and read automatically at the onset of the session. Bills may also be introduced during the session.

Prefiled bills for the 2006 General Assembly include:

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Car chase shootout ends in crash, injury

Occupants of two vehicles exchanged gunfire in a central Columbia neighborhood late Wednesday morning.

Woman accused of knifing boyfriend

A 40-year-old Columbia woman was arrested Wednesday on charges in connection with an knife attack on her boyfriend.

Bye-bye Beck bashes today, Friday

Beginning this afternoon, Columbia residents will have two occasions to mark the retirement of longtime City Manager Ray Beck.

Life from the roadside

Spanning from Cove Fort, Utah, to a park-and-ride in Baltimore, Md., Interstate 70 bisects the country. It carves through the heart of the Green River Valley, cuts through the Rocky Mountains and forges through the Central Plains states before reaching the East Coast.

Officer’s dismissal explained

The swift dismissal of former Columbia police officer Todd Smith last week was based on evidence discovered during an internal investigation of allegations that Smith was stalking an ex-girlfriend.

Hot issues await legislators

The Missouri General Assembly opens its 93rd session today at noon, and noteworthy proposals on a wide range of issues are ready to be debated.

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