Judge refuses motion to reduce bond of Midgyett; new trial date set for June 26

A motion to reduce the bond of a Columbia man charged with murder in the slaying of Carlos Kelly was denied by a Boone County Circuit judge.

Columbia Independent School approves a second section for kindergarten classes

A second section of kindergarten was approved for the 2007-2008 academic year at the Columbia Independent School Board of Trustees’ meeting Tuesday.

Computers and other items stolen at Big Brothers Big Sisters youth organization

Two desktop computers, a laptop, a purse and an iPod were stolen early Thursday morning in a burglary at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Bruins’ Kohnle on roll after putt

Maybe the 14th hole was the turning point for Rock Bridge junior golfer Dan Kohnle.

Gymnasts rev up for regionals

Taped on the far wall of the gym, past the uneven bars caked with chalk, the piles of royal blue mats and the rows of sturdy balance beams, is a huge paper speedometer surrounded by speeding tickets.

Safford signs with Missouri

After playing the 2006-2007 season with six new players, the Missouri men’s basketball team will probably be adding only two newcomers next season. One of them, DeMarre Carroll, sat out last season after transferring from Vanderbilt last spring but practiced all season with the Tigers. The other was confirmed Thursday.

Temple leads tailbacks

After breaking out with a 194-yard, two-touchdown performance in last year’s Sun Bowl, and emerging from a crowded backfield as the clear starter going into the 2007 season, one might think Tony Temple can relax a little bit. But the senior tailback says he isn’t taking anything for granted.

Residents get extra time to file taxes

Emancipation Day. That’s the reason taxpayers have a little extra time to file and pay their taxes for 2006, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue. This year’s deadline is April 17.

Faith and healing

Art Dyer has been consoling hospital patients and their relatives for more than nine years.

Nurturing Nursery

‘Friends, do you want to play house and take care of my dog?” volunteer Martina Hoyt asks as she raises up a black and white toy dog. The faces of the students at the Nora Stewart Memorial Nursery School immediately light up. The kids are anxious to play, surrounded by miniature stoves and a pink playhouse that says “welcome friends.”

Lawsuit against MOHELA demands records

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate Republicans canceled plans Thursday to debate the governor’s proposal to sell the state’s higher education loan authority. Meanwhile, the state auditor filed a lawsuit against the loan agency to force it to provide documents regarding closed meetings by the board.

Speaker to address Muslim stereotypes

Arsalan Iftikhar, the legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will be speaking about “The Future of Muslims in the West” this afternoon. The event is part of Islam Awareness Week, organized by MU’s Muslim Students Organization.

House approves controversial diversity bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri public colleges and universities would be required to show the state that they “ensure and promote intellectual diversity and academic freedom” under a bill given final passage by the House on Thursday.

MU pay disparity found

Full professors at MU earn as much as their peers at comparable research universities, but salaries for assistant professors are significantly lower than the average and below the other three University of Missouri System campuses.

When it rains...

Columbia and Boone County are working to improve communication with developers to avoid storm water problems facing residents in and around Columbia.