“Urinetown” musical tackles futuristic revolt

In “Urinetown, the Musical,” which plays for three more nights at Stephens College’s Macklanburg Playhouse, political issues take center stage for many of the audience members. Questions of environmental responsibility interlace with upbeat musical numbers and pithy jokes about necessary bodily functions.

Missouri Senate cuts $341,315 tax break to Kraft for Columbia plant

Missouri Senate budget writers have decided to cut from a state tax credit for a Columbia plant to recycle its hot dog casings.

Prevention new focus of Medicaid proposal

With just a little more than two weeks to go in the legislative session, the Medicaid proposal passed by the Senate a few weeks ago might be changed to add more medical services instead of creating wellness incentives, as previously proposed.

Purple martin majesty

Of all the vacation spots they can choose in the spring, Missouri provides a popular resort destination for purple martins. And when they arrive, there’s no shortage of hotels — Missourians set up birdhouses in their backyards every year in hopes of attracting these insect-eating, garden-friendly birds.

House bill could restore funds to UM

A capital improvements appropriations bill that was removed from the MOHELA bill could be used to restore funding to two buildings in the UM System.

UM cost-cutting to help faculty

The UM System Board of Curators has asked the chancellors at each of the four UM campuses to identify ways to cut costs by 1 percent every year for at least the next five school years.

Coverage of 911 lags in Missouri

Missouri’s emergency service coverage lags behind the rest of the country and is among the nation’s worst in allowing 911 operators to determine a caller’s location.

Covenant developers seek business tenants

The Covenant Community Development Corp. is offering a rare opportunity for Columbia residents interested in starting a small business.

Two Missouri women win their freedom from prison

If the wheels turn quickly enough, Lynda Branch could receive a Mother’s Day gift she never expected to get: the freedom to go home. Branch, who on May 16 will have been in prison for 21 years for killing her abusive husband, won the right Monday to be paroled from prison — but she may not have to mark that grim anniversary.

Tails doesn’t fail Trecha at districts

John Trecha had to make an important decision in what could have been his last round of golf as a Rock Bridge Bruin. He needed to figure out which set of irons to use in the Class 4 District 5 tournament.

Kewpie utility player pitches in

Hickman junior James Hudelson is used to being moved around the infield.

He has been successful playing both first and third base this season even though he rarely stays in either position for more than a few games at a time.

Alert play seals extra-inning win for Rock Bridge

It’s a play that most likely wouldn’t make game highlights, but in Rock Bridge’s 4-3 extra-inning win Monday over Helias in Jefferson City, it proved to be all the difference.

Extra Points

Jacob Priday, a junior on the Missouri baseball team, was named the Co-Big 12 Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Priday was 6-for-11 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the Tigers’ three-game sweep of Texas Tech over the weekend at Taylor Stadium.

Untimely miscues plague Kewpies

On Monday night, the Hickman girls soccer team dominated Borgia in almost every aspect of the game. The Kewpies attempted 10 corner kicks to Borgia’s one. For the majority of the game, the Kewpies pressed the ball into Borgia territory, while the Knights rarely crossed midfield. Hickman took close to 10 shots, while Borgia had less than five. However, Borgia still won 2-1.