JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt introduced Monday the two men he has charged with leading his promised overhaul of Missouri government.
Warren Erdman of Kansas City and Stephen Bradford of Cape Girardeau will head a commission that Blunt has created to analyze the structure of state government and to recommend changes to improve efficiency.
JEFFERSON CITY — It’s game over for Missouri inmates.
Gov. Matt Blunt passed down an executive order Monday pulling the plug on video games in all state prisons.
Murder suspect and former Columbia police officer Steven Rios has been moved to the Boone County Jail, where he is being held in isolated custody.
Rios had been held at the Biggs Forensic Unit at Fulton State Hospital since he was charged with murder July 1 in the slaying of MU student Jesse Valencia.
Columbia police are investigating three armed robberies that occurred over the weekend.
The first robbery occurred at 12:07 a.m. on Saturday in the 1500 block of Hinkson Avenue. The victim, a 46-year-old Columbia man, was approached in his apartment building’s parking lot, according to a Columbia Police Department media release. The robber then showed a handgun and demanded that the man empty his pockets.
Rock Bridge High School is going beyond recognizing its current students by accepting nominations for the Rock Bridge Alumni Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was started in 2003 to honor alumni who have “made exceptional accomplishments in their personal and professional careers,” said Assistant Principal Kathy Ritter.
JEFFERSON CITY — The croak of the bullfrog might soon become the new call of the wild here in Missouri.
A bill proposed by Rep. Susan Phillips, R-Kansas City, would make the North American bullfrog the official state amphibian.
January has never been one of my favorite months.
It’s not just because it’s usually cold and blustery and lurks right in the heart of winter, which is certainly reason enough for my distaste, but it is also a month which has few redeeming qualities. It has been spared total obsolescence, because it was lucky enough to have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. born in the middle of it.
JEFFERSON CITY — A toll-free call center for Missouri welfare recipients will soon be staffed in Missouri, costing taxpayers $1 million more annually than if it had been kept in India.
Hot embers stored in a paper bag caused a fire at a private residence in the Hinkson Creek Valley neighborhood early Monday morning, according to Columbia Fire Department officials.
After two weeks in University Hospital, Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden continues to improve and rest comfortably, family members said in an answering machine message Monday.
Bowden’s father, David Thomas, said in the message that Bowden was sitting upright for a short time Sunday. Her responsiveness was also improving, and Bowden was able to follow movement with her eyes, according to Thomas.
A new, environmentally safe development is being planned in an area south of Northland Drive on the north side of Columbia. The planned development, which would be on 17 acres that have remained untouched since they were annexed in 1969, is called Bear Creek Village, taking its name from a creek on the southwest corner of the property.
More than 16 acres would be used for housing, condensed to about eight homes per acre to prevent sprawl. These dwellings would include single-family cottages, town homes, lofts and small flats with town homes above them.
Columbia police have requested a warrant for the arrest of a man believed to be responsible for vandalizing the Hickman High School athletic field this month.
The Jan. 7 vandalism, caused by someone doing doughnuts with a sport utility vehicle, caused an estimated $900 to $1,500 in damage to the turf, police Capt. Brad Nelson said Friday. He said police are not pursuing warrants for two adult male passengers who were with the driver.
Ellen Brooke, a second-year law student at MU, sits in the Stumpy Joe Pete’s Sports Pub part of the Colosseum Bistro on Friday night, smoking her cigarette. She recalls being in Lexington, Ky., on New Year’s Eve and being forbidden to smoke in bars because of the strict no-smoking ordinance recently enacted there.
“We left early because we
When Lynn Boorady defended her dissertation at MU on Tuesday afternoon, there was more to the story than her receiving a doctorate in textile and apparel management.
Only several hours later, Boorady announced that a private organization would donate a
Danette and David Branon had matching Marine Corps T-shirts and hopes of seeing their son to keep them warm during the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Columbia through rough Saturday morning winds.
Seven family members and friends joined the Branons on the ride from St. Louis — all hoping to catch a glimpse of Cpl. Christopher Branon, a 22-year-old Marine combat engineer serving in Fallujah, Iraq.
If you want to break down barriers of race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation, then “Let’s Talk Columbia,” a community study-circles program, is for you.
Each study circle consists of of eight to 12 people from different backgrounds and viewpoints who meet to talk about an issue. Trained volunteer facilitators keep the discussion moving forward.
“It’s more than a bus ride, it’s a community,” reads Justin Seabaugh’s poster, which won first place in the inaugural Harmony in Transit poster contest during this year’s Columbia Values Diversity celebration.
The annual diversity celebration, which took place Jan. 13 at the Holiday Inn Expo Center, added the poster contest this year for Columbia middle school students.
Mayor Darwin Hindman’s recent proclamation that tonight is Family Night places Columbia among a small but growing number of cities that are taking back at least one night per year from extracurricular activities, television and even homework.
Hindman’s proclamation urges Columbia residents to set tonight aside to engage in family activities that foster unity and strength without separating them from one another.
Stainless steel silos rise from some of the most fertile farmland in central Missouri. At the end of January, the silos of the Malta Bend plant in Saline County will begin filling with ethanol from Missouri’s first completely farmer-owned ethanol plant. The sparkling new facility, the third ethanol plant in Missouri, is designed to transform 40,000 bushels of corn per day into 190-proof grain alcohol that will be blended with a small amount of gasoline to make it unfit to drink and pass muster with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
By year’s end, up to 48 million gallons of the corn-derived fuel is expected to have left the Malta Bend plant for blending facilities as close as Columbia and as far away as California — and into the tanks of millions of automobiles.
The adequate yearly progress goals on Missouri’s standardized tests, the Missouri Assessment Program, will be lowered, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Friday. Columbia public schools said they won’t be affected by the decision.
AYP goals are standards set by the state in communication arts and math that public schools must meet by performing at proficient levels or higher on MAP tests. Each state sets its own standards for these goals.