JEFFERSON CITY — Partisan rancor marked Gov. Bob Holden’s State of the State Address on Wednesday, as his education, job and revenue plans all fell under heavy assault from Republican leadership.
The program he announced was essentially the same as the one he put forth last year, with a continued emphasis on a tax increase to help fund Missouri’s public schools.
JEFFERSON CITY - When the state Department of Natural Resources issued a permit in 2002 for a company to treat contaminated soil at a site near Millersburg in Callaway County, residents complained about a lack of public notice. In a hearing on Wednesday in the Capitol, an official with the state Department of Natural Resources acknowledged that public notification procedures need to be improved.
Plans to develop the controversial Philips tract continued to move through city bureaucracy, as the Columbia City Council heard public comment Tuesday night on a request to add the 489 acres to the city.
Developer Elvin Sapp wants to annex the property southeast of the city and rezone it for a mix of homes, businesses and office buildings. Annexation would allow the buildings on the property to use city sewers, water, police protection and other services. Taxes generated by development would also go to the city. If approved in its current form, the development would be the largest in Boone County history.
A day after a poor showing in the Iowa primaries, Dick Gephardt withdrew his bid for the Democratic nomination Tuesday, freezing his Missouri supporters less than three weeks before the state’s primary election.
But in Boone County, where Gephardt led in fund-raising through 2003, some Democrats said they hardly batted an eye. They
Echoing campus and other leaders in the University of Missouri system, a state legislator said Tuesday that the MU School of Medicine is not going anywhere in the near future.
Rep. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, made the statement at a forum on the future of the medical school in the school’s Acuff Auditorium. Graham had requested the forum in October in the wake of offers that he said came from Kansas City to move the medical school there. At the time, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace, UM system President Elson Floyd and medical school Dean William Crist said the school would stay in Columbia.
Local contests for Missouri House seats are heating up as two new candidates from Boone County enter the fray and ensure contested party primaries.
Ed Robb, 61, a former MU professor and economic analyst, will face off against fellow Republican Carole Iles in the now-necessary Aug. 3 primary for the 24th District seat. Daniel Graves has also formed a committee to explore a possible Republican bid, but has not made his candidacy official.
Since last April, the Boone County Mental Health Court has heard more than a dozen cases involving mentally ill defendants who do not legally qualify as incompetent.
Next week, court personnel will receive their first training from the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 20 teams from mental health courts in 16 states will meet in Cincinnati to discuss what has and has not worked in their individual programs.
A Columbia man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of parental kidnapping after his 3-month-old son and large amounts of food, money and clothing were taken from his family’s residence in the 6400 block of Gateway Drive, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
Dallas Kintner, 27, surrendered to officials about 10:50 p.m. in the El Chaparral subdivision. His son, Landon, was with him and unharmed, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.
This isn’t the old Girl Scouts, and Mom isn’t in charge anymore.
Research led by the Girl Scouts found that 11-to-17-year-olds believe the Girl Scout program is out-of-date and tailored to younger girls.
Every year, research is done on school violence, but a new MU comparative study discovered that schools might not be focusing on the correct risk factors.
Motoko Akiba, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at MU, recently completed a study that suggests in the United States higher- achieving male students tend to be the victims of school violence. But in other countries, lower-achieving males are more likely to be targeted. Akiba sampled 7,913 eighth-graders from the United States, 5,695 eighth-graders from Taiwan and 4,110 eighth-graders from Russia.
COLUMBIA — Rep. Dick Gephardt’s withdrawal from the presidential race means “Missouri is very much in play for the primaries,” Democratic Gov. Bob Holden said Tuesday.
Holden said he isn’t immediately switching to another candidate and might follow the lead of Gephardt, the St. Louis congressman who planned to formally end his second failed White House campaign a day after finishing a weak fourth in the Iowa caucuses.
ST. LOUIS — Dick Gephardt, the former House Democratic leader and 14-term congressman, said Tuesday he was abandoning his second bid for the presidency after a poor, fourth-place showing in the Iowa caucuses.
“I gave this campaign everything I had in me,” Gephardt told a news conference, his voice breaking at times. “Today, my pursuit of the presidency has reached its end. I’m withdrawing as a candidate and returning to private life after a long time in the warm light of public service.”
Making methamphetamine is much harder now than it was a year ago. As Columbia stores come into compliance with a new state law restricting sales of a key meth ingredient, cookers of the illicit drug are no longer able to easily stockpile the supplies they need.
Hy-Vee is the latest store to limit customer access to over-the-counter cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients in meth.
Robert Strongman Daniel died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at Lenoir Health Care Center. He was 90.
Dr. Daniel was an influential figure in teaching psychology. He was an MU professor emeritus of psychology and the founding editor of “Teaching of Psychology,” an academic journal.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Declaring Missouri's economy sound but its school system in jeopardy, Gov. Bob Holden renewed his call Wednesday for new taxes and revenues while blasting Republican lawmakers for cuts that "endangered the future of countless children."
In a State of the State address foreshadowing his re-election campaign, the Democratic governor pressed his case as the protector of education and the encourager of an improving economy.
Missouri: Gateway to the Future
It felt like a member of his family died.
Arthur Lewis remembers the day Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. Lewis was 15 on April 4, 1968.
DES MOINES, Iowa — John Kerry and John Edwards rode 11th-hour surges to a one-two finish in Iowa’s kickoff presidential caucuses Monday, dealing a stunning blow to favorite Howard Dean. Kerry’s comeback blew the nomination fight wide open, setting the stage for a free-for-all in New Hampshire’s follow-up primary.
Dean finished third, stripped of his front-runner’s mantle but still defiant — “We will not give up,” he told backers.
For years the city of Columbia has concentrated its affordable housing efforts in the racially and economically segregated neighborhoods that straddle Providence Road, just north of Broadway.
Potential homebuyers in search of an affordable house — one costing no more than $80,000 — are largely confined to searching in these neighborhoods, where residents live apart in communities of their own.
The city of Columbia will buy a 1.3-acre parcel of land in north-central Columbia for a new fire station, pending the approval tonight of the Columbia City Council.
The new fire station will help the Columbia Fire Department reach its goal of responding to at least 80 percent of its calls in 41/2 minutes or less.