Romanian prince visits Columbia on friendship tour

Prince Radu of Hohenzollern-Veringen receives a glass of water as he answers questions concerning tourism during the Romanian Prince's visit to the University of Missouri May 16.

His Serene Highness Radu is on a friendship tour to try to bring the communities of Romania to the same level of European countries by encouraging economic, educational and cultural partnerships with the U.S.

History seems to be repeating itself

We have access 24/7 to view or read about the terrible situations in Iraq. As one ponders the course of this Middle East conflict for nearly five years, is it possible there are roots that can be traced to biblical times? Although people may disagree on whether the Bible is to be taken literally or metaphorically, most would agree that it is a historical account. Are there then similarities between these two particular ancient “news reports” in the book of Genesis and the news reports today?

Medicaid overhaul tops agenda at close of legislature

A compromise reached early Friday morning puts emphasis on preventive health care.

Business turns cremated ash into plant nutrient

Frank Strand knew for years that his wife wanted to be cremated, but when she was dying of liver cancer a decade ago, he asked what she'd like done with her ashes. "Oh, just turn me into a rosebush," she said.

Legislators still wrangle with HealthNet

JEFFERSON CITY — With a deadline fast approaching, legislative leaders expressed new optimism Thursday that a deal could be struck on legislation revamping the state’s Medicaid health care program for the poor.

Deputy not guilty in traffic stop shootings

A Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy was found not guilty of two counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter on Thursday night.

Crumbling Crossings

The deck of Sorrels Overpass looks like a patchwork quilt stretched 153 feet over Interstate 70. It supports hundreds of vehicles a day; commuters, shoppers, students, the not-so-infrequent 20-plus-ton cement mixer.

Veterinarian to join school board

Tom Rose, a veterinarian, will become the newest member of the Columbia Board of Education when he replaces Don Ludwig on June 11.

Event to get students out of cars and on feet

This morning, 7-year-old Veronica Fritz will be chauffeured to school like she is most mornings, but not in the manner one might expect. There will be no maneuvering in sluggish traffic as breakfast is eaten while seat belts are fastened. She will be accompanied to Ridgeway Elementary School with her friends on foot, by her mother, Dana Fritz, as part of the Walking School Bus Program.

Virtual school bill sent to governor

JEFFERSON CITY — Students in struggling districts would have the chance to join the new statewide virtual school under legislation sent to Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday.

Mo. voter ID undermines democracy

Disabled voters, who already have more than their share of barriers, would be further burdened by the Missouri voter ID proposal. While most healthy people take their driver’s license for granted, disabled voters very likely do not have one. That is why the proposed Missouri voter ID requirement would place yet another expense and barrier for people with disabilities who already have natural barriers to voting.

Focus on campaign issues not morality

Since the unofficial “start” of the 2008 presidential campaign, “they” have spent a lot of time talking about Bill, Elizabeth, Ann, Michele and all of the Giulianis. The media and fundamentalist groups have been telling us how the candidate’s spouse can help or hinder the campaign of each potential 2009 resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Multiple marriages, infidelities, children (good and bad), each holding a value of liability and asset, measurements of American marriage morality. It’s bunk.

Photo ID does not combat voter fraud

In his May 16 column “Photo IDs could end voter fraud,” J. Karl Miller cites as “evidence” of widespread voter fraud in Missouri claims that have been so thoroughly debunked that there is no need to do so here. But one assertion begs rebuttal.

Midwifery provision challenged

JEFFERSON CITY — Abortion-rights opponent groups are raising concerns that legislation allowing certified midwives to deliver babies could inadvertently open the way for people other than doctors to perform abortions.