As of Tuesday evening, the 38-member Boone County-based Missouri Task Force I saved 332 people in New Orleans as part of its hurricane-relief actions. “Our men are engaged in reconnaissance and search-and-rescue operations,” said Chief Steve Paulsell of the Boone County Fire Protection District. The fire district serves as the headquarters and sponsoring agency to the task force.
Timothy Johnston, 44, was executed at 12:07 a.m. today at the Missouri state prison in Bonne Terre. Johnston was convicted of beating his wife, 27-year-old Nancy Johnston, to death in front of her 11-year-old son in 1989, according to Associated Press reports.
HOUSTON, Mo. — Democratic state auditor Claire McCaskill put the rumors to rest Tuesday, officially announcing that she plans to challenge Sen. Jim Talent next year. McCaskill has been state auditor since 1999 and would face re-election next year. She ran unsuccessfully for governor last year against Republican Matt Blunt, losing by about 3 percentage points after knocking out incumbent Democratic Gov. Bob Holden to reach the November election.
While corn growers are reeling from this year’s drought, an MU agricultural study has concluded that increasing the use of ethanol could raise corn prices. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires that 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels be in use by 2012. The study, conducted by the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, found that an increased demand for ethanol would raise corn prices by 12.5 cents per bushel nationwide during the next several years. This could benefit corn producers and have an impact on taxpayers, producers of other grains and the livestock industry. “It ...
An advocacy group is questioning a consulting firm’s analysis that classifies the upper Hinkson Creek as unswimmable. If the creek is so classified, it would require less treatment of sewage discharged into its watershed than if it were classified differently. An analysis performed for the Boone County Regional Sewer District concluded that the section of Hinkson Creek north of Interstate 70 is not deep enough for swimming and other “whole-body” recreation.
Nestled behind Grindstone Nature Area’s towering trees lies an area along Old 63 South that is experiencing rapid commercial and residential growth. The newest addition to the area is the 9,600-square-foot Grindstone Village shopping plaza on Old 63 south of Stadium Boulevard and north of Grindstone Parkway. Building owner Brett Peters of Woodrail Development said he hopes his shops will provide this growing area of predominantly college students with services they lack.
The Boone Fire Protection District board did indeed vote to fire Assistant Chief Bruce Piringer on June 20, according to an Aug. 17 affidavit signed by Board President Willis Smith. The affidavit, filed in response to a pending lawsuit from Piringer, counters previous claims that Fire Chief Steve Paulsell fired Piringer without the necessary board approval. The affidavit states “that the board at said meeting voted to terminate the employment of Bruce Piringer based upon the discussions had at said meeting and also voted to authorize Steve Paulsell to negotiate a settlement with Bruce Piringer.”
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered new penalty phase trials for two death row inmates after the U.S. Supreme Court said jurors could have been prejudiced by seeing the defendants in shackles. The court remanded Carmen L. Deck back to Jefferson County and Donald Joe Hall back to Greene County for new penalty trials.
An Arkansas couple charged this year with selling stolen animals to MU and other Missouri research institutions will forfeit $200,000, their home and their former kennels after entering guilty pleas on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, Ark. Chester Clinton “C.C.” Baird Jr. and Patsy M. Baird, animal suppliers from Williford, Ark., will also pay about $42,400 for investigative costs, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The money will be used to help reimburse animal-rescue groups that took custody of the animals seized on the Bairds’ property two years ago.
Tuesday was day eight of Camp Casey Columbia, Jamie Walters and Ruth O’Neill’s contribution to Cindy Sheehan’s soon-to-be nationwide protest of the war in Iraq. It was also the day they were joined by neighbor Lana Jacobs. They seemed upbeat despite President Bush’s recent denial of a second meeting with Sheehan. Sheehan and the president had previously met at an event for military families.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators will meet in closed session this afternoon to talk about “matters of litigation,” a written statement from the UM System said. The nine curators, who govern the system’s four campuses, will talk via conference phone. Spokesman Joe Moore said he could not comment beyond the release.
The Princeton Review is known for ranking colleges in categories like “Best Party School” or “Toughest to Get into.” In this year’s “The Best 361 Colleges,” released last week, Stephens College found itself ranked among the top schools in the nation in five categories, from “Best Value” to “No One Plays Intramural Sports.” The Review compiled 62 ranking lists based on 110,000 student surveys. Collegians across the nation were given 70-question surveys, asking them to rate their school’s performance in academics, administration and overall campus life.
How socially constructed racial categories and stereotypes affect people’s lives was the topic of conversation at the Community Study Circle discussion Tuesday. The Columbia Human Rights Commission began organizing the monthly meetings in January 2004 after receiving requests for more outlets for community discussion, HRC staff member Nanette Chun-ming Ward said.
This fall, 28 students are the first to embark on a five-year pharmaceutical degree program being offered on the MU campus in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s College of Pharmacy. The new satellite degree program allows students to stay in the Columbia area and at the same time take courses UMKC requires for its students majoring in pharmacy.
Hurricane Katrina’s wrath extends beyond the Gulf Coast states’ borders, affecting Columbia residents with ties to the devastated area. Mary Elise Decoursey, a MU freshman journalism major, experienced both Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Andrew, and her family chose to evacuate their home in Lakeview, La.