New degree satisfies demand

Proving that customer service is important even in higher education, Columbia College has created a new major to satisfy student demand. Starting this fall, Columbia College students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration will have the option to major in human resource management. “We offered six other business majors, but directors from the college’s nationwide campus made it clear that the real cry was for a human resource degree,” said Eric Cunningham, associate dean for adult learning.

MU extends funds drive

An additional $400 million that MU plans to raise in private donations will go toward attracting faculty, paying faculty more and creating more student scholarships, Chancellor Brady Deaton has announced. At a “Celebrate Mizzou” gathering Friday in Jesse Hall, Deaton said the goal to raise $600 million in private money in the “For All We Call Mizzou” campaign has been exceeded – and now will be extended to December 2008 to reach $1 billion.

Judge upholds freeze on Islamic charity funds

A federal judge has found “substantial evidence” linking a local charity to an organization accused of funding global terrorism. The Treasury and Justice departments were warranted in their decision to freeze the assets the Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Agency, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled Thursday.

Jail disturbance leads to charge

A Columbia man accused of abusing his baby daughter was charged Thursday with second-degree assault in connection with an altercation in the Boone County Jail last month. Shaetwyn Allen, 24, was in the jail and awaiting trial on a charge of felony child abuse at the time of the alleged assault, Boone County Prosecutor Richard Hicks said. He was released on Aug. 26 after posting a $50,000 bond.

Wine fest celebrates fall with family fun

Families and winemakers celebrated the beginning of fall at the eighth annual Crush Festival at Les Bourgeois Vineyard in Rocheport. Laura Royse, marketing director for Les Bourgeois, coordinated her third festival Saturday. “It’s a way to celebrate harvest and invite the public out,” Royse said.

Federal judge issues temporary hold on new abortion restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY — A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of a new anti-abortion law, ruling it would have forced an end to abortions in part of Missouri and created a general chilling effect on abortion counseling. The law requires doctors performing abortions to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. It also lets parents sue people who “intentionally cause, aid or assist” their minor daughters in getting abortions without parental consent.

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[1] Abortion bill, [2] Constitution Day, [3] Pedestrian safety, [4] The buck stops where? and [5] Artificial turf.

Former AP reporter hired as UM's new communications director

A former Associated Press reporter who served as a consultant to University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd has been hired as the UM’s director of communications. Scott Charton, 44, will hold a position new under a reorganization of the system’s department of university relations. David Russell, who was director of university relations, is now chief of staff.

MU unveils million-dollar donor wall

Campus officials, alumni and friends of MU gathered just inside the north entrance of Jesse Hall Friday to witness the unveiling of a million dollar donor wall. A large black curtain was lowered slowly from the ceiling, revealing in etched glass the names of 70 people and families and 14 companies that have donated at least $1 million during MU’s For All We Call Mizzou campaign. The designer of the cherry-wood and gold wall, Mahima Chowdhury, is an MU graduate student in architectural studies. Chowdhury created her design as part of a class project.

$1 million gift will improve MU Law School library

The MU School of Law has received a $1 million to improve its law library. The latest contribution to the “For All We Call Mizzou” campaign -- which has now raised more than its $600 million goal in private donations -- came from George Ashley, who graduated from the Law School in 1948. “This university has meant a great deal to me all my life, and I’m gratified I’m in a position to do this,” Ashley said Friday at a ceremony to announce the gift.

Reactions to Bush's speech

“I’m glad Bush admitted his faults, and I’m happy to see he’s concerned with the future and preventing this kind of aftermath from happening again and that he’s learning from the government’s mistakes.” Michelle Tanner, 20, a Tulane University student from St. Louis studying at MU for the semester

Critics pounce on new abortion restrictions

Reaction to Missouri’s new abortion law has been swift, with both sides weighing in on what it will mean. Since Gov. Matt Blunt signed the law into effect Thursday afternoon, abortion-rights opponents have been voicing their approval.

Refugee vs. evacuee sparks protests

As the flood waters recede and rescue efforts continue, another type of storm has surfaced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The media’s use of the word “refugee” to describe the largely black and poor New Orleans’ hurricane victims has sparked impassioned discussions about race, poverty and media ethics.

Director of MU Life Sciences Center stepping downMU Life Sciences head leaving to pursue research

After leading the MU Life Sciences Center through its inaugural year, R. Michael Roberts, the first director of the center, is stepping down. The professor of animal sciences will take a research leave that will start Oct. 1 and end in January, and then he will return to MU as a research professor.

Senior preparedness program slated

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the City of Columbia is holding a workshop for senior citizens on how to prepare for a disaster and how to volunteer to prepare for and help recover from disasters. The workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the Activity and Recreation Center on 1701 West Ash St. The free event is open to the public. Reservations are requested; call 442-7238.

Cooper’s Landing concert Saturday

The Missouri River Cultural Conservancy plans to give funds raised at a benefit concert Saturday to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina survivors fund. The event is from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Cooper’s Landing, Musicians include Bob Dyer, Henry Clay and the C3 band. The conservancy group is videotaping the event as part of its efforts to archive the history and culture of the Missouri River in this region. For more information, contact Mike Cooper at 657-2544 or Jeff Wheeler at 673-1329.

Wednesday concert raised hundreds

A benefit concert held Wednesday night at The Blue Note raised $330 that will be donated to the Salvation Army. Sixty people came to the concert, which was organized by Joe Lewis of the local band Soulshine. Five local bands played the free concert to raise money for hurricane victims in the Mississippi area.

Tourism Council to donate $2,000

The Mid-Missouri Tourism Council will donate $2,000 to the Disaster Relocation Center in Columbia to buy $100 Target and Wal-Mart gift cards for evacuees who are staying in Columbia, according to a news release. The MMTC is also collecting donations such as diapers, paper products, dishes, cutlery and other household items at a drop point at the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at the corner of Providence Road and Elm Street.

Professor travels to aid Katrina victims

Syed Arshad Husain, a professor of child psychiatry and child health at MU, traveled to Houston this past weekend to volunteer and observe the conditions at the city’s George R. Brown Convention Center, which is now a temporary home to as many as 5,000 Southerners rescued from the hurricane. Husain said his main goal was to meet with Houston’s director of health to discuss the possible need for a program he created through his International Psychosocial Trauma Center called “Teachers as Therapists.” The director was enthusiastic about the proposal, which will help Houston teachers become temporary therapists for child victims and help them cope with post-traumatic feelings.

Report: Fuel prices to hurt farmers

Missouri farmers will be paying more to harvest crops this season because of higher fuel prices, according to a recent report issued by the MU Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute. The report said that because of fuel prices, the cost of harvesting will increase $5 per acre for corn, $3.20 per acre for soybeans and $2.75 per acre for wheat from last year, , excluding hauling costs.