MU professor advocates sustainability

John Ikerd, MU professor emeritus of agricultural economics and author of “A Return to Common Sense,” sits at his home just outside Columbia with his dog, Wilson. In the past nine years, Ikerd has advocated against the industrial model of capitalism and for sustainability. “It’s just ingrained in this culture, to look out for your own self and to make things work like a machine,” Ikerd said.

John Ikerd, MU professor emeritus of agricultural economics, has been fighting on the front lines of a revolution: society’s transformation from the industrial era to one that is based on sustainability.

UM to offer identity theft monitoring

The University of Missouri said Wednesday it will begin offering a credit monitoring service for faculty, staff, and students.

Wanted: fines for all infractions

There are certain county traffic ordinances that cannot be enforced because there are no established fines for the violations described, Sheriff Dwayne Carey said. But he is drawing up plans to begin fining violators.

Curry guilty of excessive blood alcohol content

A former assistant fire chief for the Boone County Fire Protection District pleaded guilty to driving with excessive blood alcohol content Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court.

Crowded hallways

Although total summer school enrollment has remained consistent, enrollment for high school students in Columbia has nearly doubled during the past two summers. Enrollment for grades 9-12 has grown from 517 students in 2004 to nearly 1,000 students this summer.

For some disabled students, school’s in

The Extended School Year program, which began June 12 as part of several summer schools in Columbia, offers services for children with disabilities to help them continue progressing and retain skills they acquired during the regular academic year.

KBIA student reporter wins Murrow Award

Columbia radio station KBIA has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for the second year in a row, which is possibly the only time a station has won the national award for two straight years, the station’s general manager said.

Fundraising ban during legislature not appealed

JEFFERSON CITY — When the Missouri Supreme Court considers a challenge Thursday to the state’s campaign finance laws, a ban on fundraising by state politicians during the legislative session will be notably missing.

Doctors plan to sue over midwife law

KANSAS CITY — Legislation allowing midwives to deliver babies at home in Missouri will likely be challenged in court by doctors’ groups. The measure was approved by lawmakers in May as part of a larger health insurance bill signed June 1 by Gov. Matt Blunt. Most of the bill won’t take effect until January, but the section on midwifery becomes effective in late August.

Prostitution charge brings 2 years’ probation

The owner of a north Columbia massage parlor pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to one count of attempting to promote prostitution.

Speaker to battle Muslim misconceptions, myths

Amir Hussain will present “Little Mosque on the Prairie: Muslims in North America,” a free public lecture sponsored by MU’s Center for Religion, the Professions & the Public, at 7 tonight in the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus.

Spinning their wheels

More than 300 cyclists from 23 states descended on Reactor Field on Tuesday, completing the longest day of the five-day, 243-mile bike ride along the Katy Trail from Clinton to St. Charles.

Immigration compromise required now

This column will do little to advance my popularity with many of my political persuasion; however, no debate can arrive at a reasonable solution when it is continually stoked by unreasonable and irresponsible hyperbole.

Housing Commission

Thompson steps in for victory

ST. LOUIS — Short notice brought out Brad Thompson’s best. The first-year starter worked seven strong innings a day ahead of schedule and two days after a two-inning relief stint, leading the pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Former MU star balances track with fatherhood

As a former Olympian, Derrick Peterson is used to hearing the roar of the crowd as he sprints around the track, but on this day he has only one spectator — and she has better things to be doing.

Magazine ranks MU football 18th

The buzz has already begun about the MU football team’s 2007 season. Never mind that there are still 73 more days until the Tigers officially kick off the season on Sept. 1 in St. Louis.

Theme gardens fun way for kids to start planting

Would you like to stimulate your child’s interest in gardening? Consider involving your child in planning and planting a theme garden. Children love having their own gardens that they can further personalize with a theme. Most children love animals, so why not consider planting an animal theme garden?