New law requires eye exams when starting school

Missouri children starting public school in kindergarten or first grade will have to receive eye exams, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.

Public unhappy with school board decision

Several members of the public are not happy with the site selected and attended Thursday’s school board workshop to voice conerns.

Ludwick homer in 14th inning gives Cardinals the win

Ryan Ludwick homered off Jorge de la Rosa leading off the 14th inning for the Cardinals, who took two of three from their cross-state rivals. The Cardinals used eight pitchers and left-hander Tyler Johnson was the only reliever not used because of a slightly injured right knee.

Tow truck driver threatens suit in Hancock death

A lawyer representing the tow truck driver involved in the fatal crash of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock is giving Hancock's family 21 days to drop its wrongful death lawsuit.

Building frustration

Digging up the past can turn up unpleasant surprises. Just ask Roger Gafke, director of program development for the Donald W. Reynolds Institute.

“We asked the engineers if we could have known about it ahead of time, and they said probably not,” he said. “You needed to get in and begin the renovation. Everybody said that when you get into an old building and begin renovation, you are going to find some surprises.”

Drivers to get an education on roundabouts

As Columbia motorists drive circles around a new means of traffic control, the city is hoping to make sure they know the ins and outs of roundabouts.

Disaster agencies plan for quake

Today marks the end of a three-day statewide earthquake drill that began Tuesday in Jefferson City. Unlike earthquake drills in schools, this event included agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and representatives from many Missouri counties.

Suspect held in shooting

A former Columbia woman arrested in connection with a 2006 shooting was being held Wednesday afternoon in the Boone County Jail.

Lessons from the city’s finest

On Wednesday morning, a group of Columbia teenagers found out what it feels like to be trapped under tons of rubble and to depend on a well-trained search and rescue dog to save them. Lt. Lee Turner and canine search specialist Kathleen Baska of the Columbia Fire Department followed up a presentation of their search and rescue efforts in New York City and New Orleans by taking the students to “the rubble pile,” a large mound of broken concrete outside the Boone County Fire Training Center intended to look like a collapsed building.

Council to discuss water bond

A 30-year-old plant, broken water mains and a growing number of residents are all reasons why Columbia’s Water and Light Department needs upgrades. In April 2008, voters might be asked to approve the largest water bond that Columbia’s Water and Light Department has ever proposed.

Grant gives HPV shot to thousands for free

A grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health makes it possible for uninsured and underinsured women across Missouri to receive a free vaccine that protects against cervical cancer.

Projects recommended for grants

Columbia’s Community Development Commission picked 11 projects totaling $733,000 to recommend to the Columbia City Council for federal grant allocation.

Fire district seeks bids to trim costs

In an attempt to lower its 2008 operating costs, the Boone County Fire Protection District will review bids from its current insurance provider as well as those from competing carriers over the next few months.

Emissions on the rise despite goal to reduce

Columbia’s carbon dioxide emissions have grown almost 10 percent from its 2000 level, according to a recent report by the city’s Water and Light department. This leaves Columbia 13.5 percent away from its original reduction goal laid out a year ago.

Freshmen shine on first day of meet

Two MU freshmen set new personal bests in the first day of the USA Track and Field Junior Championships on Wednesday.

Wrestling ‘Tiger style’

Wrestlers James Williamson, from UMKC, and John Andrew, from MU, practice between instructional sessions at one of the “Tiger Style” wrestling camps in the Daniel Devine Pavilion on Tuesday. MU wrestling coach Brian Smith runs a variety of wrestling camps, which will continue on campus through June 1. Wrestlers from 30 teams across the country are at MU.

Errors mar I-70 Series

The Royals and Cardinals were tied 6-6 after 13 innings at press time.The Royals and Cardinals were tied 6-6 after 13 innings at press time. The Royals jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, and led 6-4 in the sixth. The Cardinals scratched out a run in the seventh, and scored one more in the ninth when slugger Albert Pujols doubled to deep right. He appeared to pause, thinking the ball was a homer, before heading to first, and missed a chance at a triple.