Use plants to cut energy costs

The cold temperatures and the cost of fuel make you start thinking of ways to reduce your energy costs. One of the ways is to add some features to your landscape to reduce the energy it takes to heat and cool your home. Some estimate that you can reduce your energy costs by 10 percent to 25 percent through landscaping. Some of the modifications may not cost very much.

Protection vs. privacy

In the summer of 1997, a 15-year-old Columbia girl reported that she had been raped in her own bedroom. There were no suspects, but a DNA sample was taken at the scene and entered into a national DNA database.

Retirees want to stem Social Security strain

JEFFERSON CITY — John Hartman has been paying into Social Security since 1939, not long after the program’s inception in 1935. Now that he’s receiving the retirement benefit, he wants to stop paying state income tax on it.

Public defender reform urged

A report released late Monday on the state’s struggling public defender system calls for reforms that include raising the base salaries of public defenders, reducing their case loads and offering a student loan forgiveness program.

AP tests would get Missouri subsidy

Since 1955, high school students have been given an opportunity to get ahead on college credits with the Advanced Placement test program. The cost, however, has made it increasingly difficult for some Missouri students to take advantage of it, but a new proposal from Gov. Matt Blunt aims to remedy the situation.

Proposal would require school bus seat belts

JEFFERSON CITY — A Tuesday morning school bus crash involving 26 students in the St. Louis area prompted two representatives to renew their call for requiring new school buses to have seat belts.

Curators give measured support to tuition bill

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators gave measured support Tuesday for a bill in the Missouri legislature that would modify several provisions in the state’s higher education system.

Speaking out for peace

Ten-year-old Abir Aramin was on her way to buy candy January 19 when she was killed near her school in Jerusalem. She was the daughter of Bassam Aramin, a founder of Combatants for Peace, an Israeli-Palestinian organization committed to ending violence and establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Senator wants to create oversight of new technology

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill that would create a “department of computer geeks” within the Missouri state government has been reintroduced.

Unlikely foes aid guard’s play

Senior guard Marchele Campbell is used to practicing and playing with boys. She’s been doing it against her older brothers for about 18 years.

Mizzou rebounds from past problems

When Missouri lost to Kansas State on Jan. 13, Marshall Brown’s missed dunk probably was the single ugliest moment for the Tigers. Brown’s miss was a physical mistake, an unlucky moment, and a vivid memory from the Tigers third consecutive conference loss.

Penguins would find welcome nest in Kansas City

America’s most underrated niche sport may be coming to a city near you.

That’s right, Kansas City may soon be the permanent home of one of the NHL’s most exciting, resurgent franchises.

Darkow shines for Bruins

Rock Bridge senior Erik Darkow can’t remember the first time he picked up a basketball.

Puddle jumper

Missouri swimmer Shannon Hogan has been racing and winning in competitive swimming for 14 years, but as the end of her senior year looms, Hogan has begun to look back on swimming before she abandons the sport.

Bill would penalize for tuition increases

JEFFERSON CITY — A report and a bill focusing on the monetary and implicit costs of college education could punish universities for raising their tuition too high.

Building a dream

After outgrowing her home-based center, Diane Patrick began looking for a location to build a new center and eventually found two available lots on McBaine Avenue in the First Ward. Zoning regulations and finding an architect to design the facility were challenges.

Bike race has eye on Columbia

The closest most Columbia residents have gotten to the world’s greatest bicyclists is tuning in to the annual broadcast of the Tour de France. But a soon-to-come decision from the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau could bring them right to the finish line.

Brown out to temper tough play

Marshall Brown’s aggressiveness has been a key to his high-point production during the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball season. But that aggressiveness has also led to consistent first-half foul trouble for Missouri’s starting forward.

Miss Missouri gets something to smile about

Miss Missouri Sarah French may not have been crowned Miss America on Monday night. But that didn’t stop her from smiling her way to the top.

Piece of city’s skyline in for sacred make-over

Drivers passing Parkade Baptist Church on Monday morning slowed to catch a glimpse of something that hasn’t happened in 23 years. Dangling in mid-air was a 65-foot, 3,500-pound steeple that has crowned the church at 2102 N. Garth Ave. since the new sanctuary was dedicated in 1984.