Midwives law barred: violates Missouri Constitution, physician groups say

JEFFERSON CITY — A judge temporarily barred a new law Tuesday that would let some lay midwives deliver babies in Missouri without the threat of criminal charges and prison sentences.

New law allows residents to fatally shoot intruders in their homes, vehicles

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Tuesday allowing Missourians to fatally shoot intruders without fear of prosecution or lawsuits.

EPA criminal investigators look into 2005 reservoir collapse

JEFFERSON CITY — Criminal investigators at the Environmental Protection Agency are looking into a 2005 reservoir collapse that caused more than 1 billion gallons of water to roar down a mountain into a popular recreational stream.

Police chase ends in arrest

A 16-year-old was arrested after a 27-mile chase that started in Columbia and ended in sparks after police punctured the tires of the car he was driving.

The pursuit continued into Howard County from U.S. 40, where the Boonville Police Department used spike strips to deflate one of the car’s tires.

Council slows down annexation

While noticeably absent from the last public hearing, the voices of residents from Sunset and Ed’s mobile home parks were heard by the Columbia City Council at its meeting Monday night.

Dial-A-Ride would schedule after-hours stops for $3

As part of its 2007 draft master plan, Columbia Transit officials have proposed Dial-A-Ride, a program that would allow Columbia residents to reserve after-hours bus rides beginning in January 2008.

Cattlemen end support for biolab

A state cattle producing organization has withdrawn its support of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility without waiting to hear if Columbia would still be on the U.S. government’s apparently delayed list of finalists.

Vegetables to Go

Seventeen-year-old David Ward raises his gaze to watch a semi-tractor-trailer as it passes by his vegetable stand on Highway 240. The tent over him and the table of produce provide some shelter from the sun, but the summer heat still wafts through.

Blunt signs new Medicaid bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Monday reshaping Missouri’s Medicaid program to emphasize healthy living and restoring coverage to some of the many thousands who lost it because of budget cuts two years ago.

Board of Health proposes adding two county members

In an effort to better represent the residents of Boone County, the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health proposed an increase in board positions and more lenient residency requirements to the Columbia City Council.

Veggies. They’re what’s for dinner

It’s the high season for grilling. But for the vegetarian who eats no meat or fish, and especially for the vegan who eats no products derived from animals, Fourth of July cookouts require a little more planning — trading burgers and brats for zucchini steaks and portobello mushroom caps.

Prosperity lost: U.S. on way down

With the number of foreclosures and the cost of living steadily climbing, some working-class families are finding themselves moving back into their parents’ home or taking up residence with siblings. This is definitely not the lifestyle they had planned for themselves in the process of raising a family.

Blue Ridge commercial, office development OK’d

The proposal for a 19-acre commercial and office development, which is part of the Blue Ridge Center, was unanimously approved by the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Highway Patrol in force on Fourth

Last Independence Day, 12 people died in traffic accidents in Missouri, doubling the number from 2005. The Missouri State Highway Patrol hopes this year’s annual holiday traffic enforcement will help keep the number down.

Cards’ bats come alive; late tie becomes laugher

ST. LOUIS — As the All-Star break approaches, the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense showed some signs of life.

Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning and Scott Rolen had four RBIs in an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

U.S. soccer team still struggling

Looks as if the U.S. soccer team’s trip to Venezuela is going to be a short one. Four days after being routed by a superior Argentina squad in their Copa America opener, the Americans were humbled even further Monday night in a 3-1 loss to Paraguay that put them on the brink of elimination.

Columbia man, 71, known for embracing future of photography

As the family looked for pictures of Roger Berg for his visitation, they found it difficult. He was always the one taking the pictures. Jeff Berg, son of the longtime Columbia photographer, said there was no shortage of photographs of everyone else in the family. His father had seen to that.

Go ahead, put it on the fire

Local farmers say it’s OK to grill virtually any vegetable as it comes into season — eggplant, mushrooms, okra, tomatoes and even kale.