Tuition breaks help combat veterans at MU

Last week, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder signed into law the Missouri Returning Heroes’ Act. The law, sponsored by Sen. Maida Coleman, D-St. Louis, will require public universities to charge combat veterans just $50 per credit hour for undergraduate coursework.

GAME: Independence Day mad libs

This Fourth of July, give us your verbs, your adjectives, your favorite nouns yearning to be used in the fields below, and we’ll put them to work.

Dentist to unveil Statue of Liberty replica at dusk July 4

Fred Christman found an aluminum replica of the statue at an antique mall four months ago. Now, after restoration, the statue will be lighted at Christman’s office.

Columbia shooting victim has active warrant from St. Louis

Warrior K. Universal, 33, was shot by an unknown assailant and later found to have an active warrant from St. Louis on the charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

New bomb squad planned for mid-Missouri

Four public safety agencies plan to combine to reduce duplication of equipment and services, City Manager Bill Watkins said.

Man injured in moped crash at Providence and Sexton intersection

William Easley was thrown from his moped in a traffic accident Thursday morning the intersection of Providence and Sexton roads, according to Columbia police.

Woman pleads guilty in prostitution case

An undercover police operation led to six arrests from posted ads on Craigslist and in the Columbia Daily Tribune for “adult services.”

No rehearing in Missouri midwifery case

Medical groups will not file for a rehearing of the June 24 Supreme Court case upholding midwifery.

Man found guilty of kidnapping, assaulting former girlfriend

After deliberating for almost three hours Wednesday night, a jury found John David Jones guilty of kidnapping and assaulting his former girlfriend Kim Oakley.

Play at Ragtag raises about $500 for MU student’s kidney transplant

The play, “Lobby Hero,” was put on at the Ragtag by the Eyrie Actors of Central Methodist University.

Poetic Painting

The last time I checked, it seemed as though we Columbians were in the process of trashing a pretty nice piece of real estate. But I’ve also observed the same pattern of rampant and reckless development, substituting franchises for farms and forests, taking place all across the country, so I no longer think it’s a uniquely local form of madness.

Japanese woodblock prints illustrate calming scenes

“The peace accompanying the beginning of evening happens to me with this print,” said Mary Pixley, associate curator at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology. She was gazing at a woodblock print of an evening water scene by Tsuichiya Koitsu (1879–1949) and was lost in it for a moment. Her face and eyes softened as she described the effect the image has on her, “And then you feel night falling with the last light of the sun touching the edge of the clouds.”

Journey to Japan leaves 2 Columbia teachers with deeper understanding

Columbia Public Schools teachers Tammy Cox and Clint Darr returned from Japan with plans to share their experiences across the district.

Letter: Not all E. coli strands are harmful

There are many subsets of E. coli, and many are regularly found in the human body. The article about E. coli at the Lake of the Ozarks did not explain this difference and therefore could have raised unnecessary alarm.

Judge takes himself off Rios retrial

A motion hearing and pre-trial conference for the retrial of Steven Rios, a former Columbia Police officer convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in 2005, was delayed indefinitely Thursday morning after Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler recused himself from the case.

Three days of music

The Missouri Lions All-State Band kicked off its three-day performance tour through Missouri on Wednesday. The final show will be in St. Louis on Friday.

Planning and Development presents growth management plan

Although the city has a host of plans defining its future priorities, the City Council and the Planning and Development Department are moving forward with a comprehensive plan to help pull them together to better manage Columbia’s growth.

MU students set to race hydrogen car

After three years of work, MU’s former solar car team is about to leave for its first race with a student-designed, student-built, hydrogen-powered car.

Task force addresses costs of overflowing Boone County Jail

Boone County Jail budgeted $300,000 in 2008 to house excess inmates in neighboring counties. But recently there have been so many overflow inmates that the costs could exceed that budget by over $100,000.

Carly and Ally Offerdahl bring home medals from taekwondo competition

In June, Carly won a World Champion and Ally won a silver medal at the Taekwondo World Championship in Little Rock, Ark.