League of Women Voters to host Patriot Act talks

While the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is immersed in debate over the Patriot Act of 2001, the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County is gearing up for a debate of its own.

The League will host a half-day seminar, “Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities,” noon to 5 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.

MU Health Care gets $2 million

MU Health Care is closer to beginning construction on a $180 million Health Sciences Research and Education Center.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved $2 million in federal funds Thursday to be put towards the center, following a request by Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.

Neighbor of Fulton victim charged with home burglary

A 34-year-old neighbor of a Fulton woman discovered dead in her home last week was found in a Jefferson City motel Thursday afternoon after he was identified by police as a “person of interest” in her death.

Fulton Police Chief Steven Myers said investigators found Francis H. Kempker about 2:15 p.m.

School reports model scores

After seeing positive changes in its first year as a “model school,” West Boulevard Elementary School next year plans to strengthen life skills, reinforce relationships between parents and teachers and add an aide to help kindergarteners’ transition into school.

The model school concept is meant to try to bridge academic achievement gaps among students. At West — Columbia’s first model school, selected in part because of its failure to meet state test-score standards — the goal was to raise overall student achievement, specifically in literacy.

Discovering music’s joys

Children come running through the French doors into the new space Brenda Haynes has secured for her Kindermusik classes.

The children ask for bells, songs and sips of water as their mothers catch up one another on their weekend activities.

Stephens College to add minor in event planning

Stephens College will meet student interest this fall with the creation of a new minor in event planning.

Stephens College tried a pilot introductory course, “Special Events and Planning Management,” last semester, which drew 35 students — a large number for any class at Stephens, which averages 18 to 20 students per class.


On page 7A Wednesday, Ronald “Dale” Purdy’s first name was incorrect. Also, the last name of Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao was misspelled.

Hulshof’s assets up to $5.2 million

Those who think the scrutiny that comes with filing tax returns is onerous need only step into the shoes of U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof.

Details of the Missouri Republican’s income, travel and gifts are available to the public in an annual disclosure report that all members of Congress must file under House rules and federal statutes.

Insured bear burden for uninsured

In 2004, unpaid medical bills cost MU Health Care $40.5 million. Jennifer Coffman, MU Health Care media relations coordinator, said the bills are the result of uninsured patients who seek treatment and are then unable to pay.

According to a national study released last week by Families USA, 765,000 Missourians, or 13.3 percent of the population, will be uninsured in 2005. The Missouri Department of Social Services’ Division of Medical Services reports that the value of hospital care provided in Missouri to uninsured patients in 2004 was $335 million.

Black men to discuss concerns

A new community coalition will be hosting its first conference Saturday in an effort to focus attention on the issues facing black men in Columbia.

Nathan Stephens, spokesman for The Black Men United Coalition, said the meeting, The State of Black Men in Columbia, will address the sense of discrimination he feels is pervasive in the community.

Columbia man shot in foot at gas station

A 36-year-old Columbia man was shot in the right foot Tuesday night following an argument in the parking lot of a College Avenue gas station.

Columbia police were dispatched to Phillips 66, 500 N. College Ave., at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday after a shooting was reported.

Benefit earns $7,200 for vet students

First-year veterinary students at MU will be surprised by a $100 scholarship when they arrive this August.

The money — $7,200 divided among 72 students — comes from the Gentle Doctor Benefit held each April by the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Bubble tea business to leave downtown

Fusion Brew fanatics will soon have to look elsewhere to get their dose of bubble tea in Columbia.

Vinh Tran, the owner of Fusion Brew, will be closing the store June 30. He said he finalized a deal in May to sell the Fusion Brew concept to a man in Bloomington, Ill.

Judge Kelly to retire

One of Boone County’s most well-known public officials began telling family, friends and colleagues in February that he would retire from his position as associate circuit court judge at the end of 2006.

Chris Kelly told them he had been in public life long enough, and there are other things he wants to do.

Arts funding falls short of requests

Sixteen groups have asked the city for a total of $127,180 to fund arts projects in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

The Commission on Cultural Affairs met for six hours Monday night to review the requests and to make recommendations on how much money the groups should get. The group has a little less than $77,000 to work with.

Blunt signs bill to curb meth labs

About a year after the Oklahoma pseudoephedrine law passed, Tulsa police are able to spend more time doing criminal investigations and less time rushing from one meth lab to another, Officer Scott Walton said.

“It has freed up officers and narcotics officers to go about and do the jobs they are assigned to do, instead of the burdensome task of cleaning up meth labs,” he said.

Cancer survivors to lead ‘Light the Night Walk’

Ryan McNeil gave up the lead role of “Henry Higgins” in Hickman High School’s production of “My Fair Lady” last October after being diagnosed with leukemia. Unable to avoid the limelight, the 18-year-old will lead the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Third Annual Light the Night Walk in Columbia.

McNeil will co-chair the Sept. 23 walk with Irene Haskins, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, as they attempt to raise $50,000 to beat last year’s $40,000. The pair led a kickoff breakfast Tuesday to invite new teams. It was attended by about 30 people.

Seminar provides disaster training for health professionals

Missouri is the perfect state to be a leading model in disaster prevention and response, according to Roberto Dansie, a psychologist.

“Missouri has the ability of helping people of very different backgrounds find common unity,” said Dansie, the recipient of this year’s International Center for Psychosocial Trauma’s Humanitarian Award.

Columbia girls to attend national student leadership conference

Columbia, your future leaders are in the making: Xiaoke “Jessica” Cui and Jamie Andes, both 14 and ninth-graders this fall at West Junior High School, will get leadership advice this month from moti-vational speakers such as Oprah Winfrey.

Both girls were selected to attend the 69th annual National Association of Student Councils National Conference, June 25-29 in Collinsville, Ill.


A May 22, Israeli, Palestinian bring message of peace, incorrectly identified the killer of Nadwa Sarandah's sister, Naela Kara'in. According to reports in the Palestinian Human Rights Monitor, Kara'in's killer was a Palestinian. Parents Circle, which sponsored the tour that brought Sarandah to MU on May 20, could not confirm that. Also, to clarify, Yitzhak Frankenthal founded the Parents Circle and headed it for nine years before stepping down in 2004.