Sheriff’s ‘Click It’ campaign focuses on seatbelt safety

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department aggressively enforced the zero-tolerance seat-belt law during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 23 through June 5.

The department issued 37 seat-belt citations and zero warnings, sheriff’s deputy Scott Ewing said.

Firefighters to take part in national safety day

Firefighters around the country will participate today in a “Safety Stand Down” to pay respects to those who lost their lives recently in the line of duty and to implement safety training.

By May 1, 50 firefighters nationwide had died on duty, 10 more than during the same time period last year, according to a news release from the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The trend continues; the number of deaths had risen to 58 by Monday.

Politicians go on cycling trip across Missouri

Missouri politicians are pulling a “Mayor Hindman” this week as they put on their biker shorts and cycle through the state. You’ll have a chance to join them.

Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, decided he wanted to go on a six-day bike ride and thought others might like to join him. He decided to dub the event “The Fitness Challenge.”

Hearing set for Finger Lakes cleanup proposals

High levels of sediment in Kelley Branch Creek at Finger Lakes State Park have drawn the attention of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection and Soil Conservation Division.

Now, park personnel will work to restore the creek in accordance with the state’s water-quality standards.

Driver asleep at wheel

The circumstances surrounding a Sunday morning accident that killed five migrant workers and injured 15 others remained under investigation Monday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, along with agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Missouri and California, were working the case. Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Cunningham spent much of the day interviewing crash survivors who were admitted to University Hospital.

Families receive warm welcome

About 5,000 incoming students are coming to Columbia these days to attend MU’s Summer Welcome 2005, a two-day orientation.

And with them come about 8,000 parents, said David Rielley, coordinator of MU’s new student programs.

Death row inmate is granted new trial

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court threw out yet another sentence for a death row inmate, issuing a warning Monday to state courts in a 17-year-old Pennsylvania case that shoddy defense work wouldn’t be tolerated.

The justices have been particularly active in death penalty issues this session, making it unlawful to execute juveniles, scolding prosecutors for stacking a jury along racial lines and ruling it was unconstitutional to force defendants to appear before juries in chains during a trial’s penalty phase.

Former Rock Bridge student to serve in Iraq

Dianna Mays enjoyed a small barbecue in Columbia with her family on Sunday afternoon, the last family gathering she will attend for at least a year.

The 20-year-old Rock Bridge High School alumna left Monday for an active-duty assignment in Iraq that is expected to last 545 days.

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Trial of Moberly woman delayed

The trial of a 23-year-old Moberly woman accused of killing her two infant children has been postponed after the lead prosecutor’s brother died Friday morning.

Coverage of trials reflects apathy

I find the amount of attention devoted to celebrities these days disturbing. The publicity given to Michael Jackson’s trial is a case in point. I am acquainted with people who followed that trial, week after week, as closely as they would if Jackson had been a member of their family. Michael Jackson, of course, is the latest, following Kobe Bryant in the list of individuals receiving out-of-control media attention that apparently found its beginning in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Drivers at I-70, U.S. 63 in less of a jam

In a sight not often seen during morning rush hour at the Interstate 70/U.S. 63 interchange, vehicles moved seamlessly without having to slam on their brakes or honk in disgust, thanks to recently completed construction meant to dispel its reputation as Columbia’s worst bottleneck.

Yet, the question remains: How long will it last?

Council OKs farm development

The City Council unanimously approved development on the old Philips farm Monday night despite objections to the 74-acre Bristol Lake subdivision on the southwest corner of the property.

The proposed development, which will include 51 single- and 44 two-family lots, will use the natural topography of the land to direct water across more permeable areas into retention ponds.

Debtors’ data get dumped

Melissa McKim of Kirksville thought her personal information was safe from identity theft because she shredded her bank statements and credit card bills.

What she never suspected was that hundreds of documents from the office of a Columbia law firm that specializes in debt collection — documents that contained her Social Security and bank account numbers — would be found next to a public recycling bin near Nifong Boulevard and Green Meadows Drive.

ID requirement getting tougher in Mo.

Missourians are now required to present a second form of identification to receive their primary form of ID — a driver’s license.

As of July 1, Missouri will be one of 38 states to require a form of identification validating “lawful presence” when renewing or applying for a new driver’s license.

Accident on I-70 kills five, injures 15

Five people died and 15 were injured when the van they were riding in rolled several times Sunday morning on Interstate 70, west of Columbia.

Passengers identified by the Missouri State Highway Patrol were from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and California. Most of the victims ranged in age from 16 to 21.

Volunteers aid library with eBay book sales

A new use of technology by a support group for the Columbia Public Library holds the prospect of ushering in a new way of reading.

In addition to its regular book sales, Friends of the Columbia Public Library has been commanding a higher dollar for older, collectible books by posting them on eBay. Of $62,500 the group donated to the library in February, $3,500 was raised by the Online Sales Committee.

UMKC trustees lobby for local control

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY — Trustees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City say they should have more local control over the school — and that the University of Missouri System’s management structure hurts the university’s chances to raise money and improve academically.

A more vibrant Capitol

Since the late 1920s, the walls of the Senate Lounge in the Missouri Capitol have displayed colorful tapestries depicting different parts of Missouri’s past. The main tapestries, about 11 feet tall and 5 feet wide, each have a different theme.

“River Traffic” shows a steamboat chugging its way along the Missouri River.

Volunteer firemen cope with turnover

As a volunteer organization, the Boone County Fire Protection District must cope with a high rate of turnover each year.

Assistant Chief Bruce Piringer, head of the district’s training and education bureau, said the turnover rate is usually about 15 percent annually. The rate, he said, is much higher among those who are with the department for only two or three years.

Trial begins for mother accused of killings

The trial of a 23-year-old Moberly woman accused of killing her two infant children almost a year apart is scheduled to begin today. Randolph County Prosecutor Michael Fusselman said he expects the trial to last a week.

Carla Clay is suspected of killing her 2-month-old son, Randy Bedford Jr., in June 2004 and her 7-week-old daughter, Audrey Bedford, in June 2003.