Appeals court won't hear attorney general on Rios appeal

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a motion to reconsider its decision overturning the conviction of Steven Rios, the former Columbia police officer convicted of slaying 23-year-old MU student Jesse Valencia.

Can you have a great yard if you own pets?

Most of my friends and neighbors have pets. Some of them even manage to have pets and an attractive yard. Others seem to struggle, and in the battle between attractive yard and pet run, often the pet wins and the yard becomes a patchy bit of grass and weeds.

Conviction unanimously upheld in Heitholt murder

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals today unanimously upheld the conviction of Ryan Ferguson for the November 2001 slaying of Columbia Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.

Training to Trust

Sedalia- A furious circle of hooves, manes and dust, set in motion by the wave of a white flag, represented the moment Gary St. Dennis’ life-long dream came true. He was taking home his first mustangs. “I’m 60 years old, and I’ve wanted one all my life,” he said.

Trucker gets three years for fatalities

A Novinger truck driver who caused a double-fatal accident on Interstate 70 last year was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday.

CVB opposes using tax to fund hotels

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to slam the door on using public money to build more hotel rooms. All but one member of the bureau’s advisory board passed a motion Monday opposing the use of city tax dollars to fund private hotels in Columbia.

Blunt signs law to ease use of fossil fuels

WESTON — Missouri electric companies now have targets to shoot for increasing their use of renewable resources, such as wind or solar power, to generate electricity.

My new bat friend

Although they oftentimes trigger thoughts of spooky Halloween tales or blood-sucking vampires, bats don’t deserve such a misunderstood, phobia-ridden reputation. That was the message at Kids Day at the Park held at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Sunday, where children learned with their parents that bats aren’t creatures to be feared.

Springfield crime lab to open in October

SPRINGFIELD — Southwest Missouri will get the state’s second major crime lab as planned, after Gov. Matt Blunt announced Monday that his administration will spend $400,000 to cover a funding gap.

Apathy for education is hurting our nation

My nephew is a football player. He earned scholarships to a top university after high school and was then drafted by a professional football team. His future looks bright.

Missouri Theatre Center may get federal funding

The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts is poised to add another $500,000 toward its fundraising goal of about $6.7 million for renovation and expansion.

Kinkade painting of MU’s Columns unveiled

The official unveiling of “The Majesty of Mizzou,” a painting by Thomas Kinkade, who according to his Web site, is America’s most collected living artist, took place Monday at the Clubhouse at Old Hawthorne. The Columns are the first collegiate landmark to be painted by Kinkade.

Green’s blast sinks Cards; Maroth’s gem wasted

NEW YORK — Shawn Green and the New York Mets were more than glad to see the end of Mike Maroth.

Bamboozled by Maroth’s slow stuff, Green hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning against Russ Springer to beat St. Louis 2-1 Monday night.

Cards look to Spiezio for spark

ST. LOUIS — Scott Spiezio stopped dyeing his wispy chin beard St. Louis Cardinal red a few weeks ago, satisfying the demands of superstitious teammates thinking a fashion makeover might help halt one of the team’s many slumps.