Murder charge added after victim dies

A 72-year-old woman who was struck on the head with a branch during a neighborhood quarrel Monday died from complications of her injuries Friday.

Columbia Police said Earlene Bradshaw died at 2:30 p.m. Friday after nearly five days on life support in serious condition at University Hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Developers pursue acreage near river

Two lifestyles intersect at Route K and Old Plank Road.

Just before veering south toward the bluffs that line the Missouri River, the drive grazes suburbia, providing a glimpse of the urban growth that residents of southern Boone County have avoided for decades.

Smoking ban ignites debate

The Columbia smoking debate heated up Thursday night at the Board of Health subcommittee meeting, when business owners and residents argued over the change in the proposed smoking ordinance.

The Board of Health has been discussing changing Columbia’s smoking ordinance to ban indoor smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants.

Columbia gets expert help in walking issues

Dan Burden went from photographing Argentinean mountains to taking pictures of Columbia’s busiest intersections.

A former National Geographic photographer from Florida, Burden is now one of the nation’s top pedestrian consultants. He walks more than 1,500 miles and spends 300 days a year on the road advising communities and business leaders across the country on how to design for people, not cars.

City grants contingent on pending federal budget

The $950,000 in block grants doled out Wednesday by a city panel charged with distributing federal funds are far from final.

Officials say they fear Columbia’s share of federal dollars could shrink if cuts pending in the federal budgetary process become a reality.

Carp invasion: Boaters beware

With the Missouri River running high enough for boaters to venture a little ways up Bonne Femme Creek, Steve Mellis and several friends in two motorboats made their way through woody debris and downed trees last weekend in search of some shade to escape the insufferable heat.

Mellis had seen silver carp break the surface of the Missouri River and its tributaries in the past, typically in response to the sounds of boat motors. But this experience was more dramatic — and potentially dangerous — than previous displays.


Youzeum confident it reached goal

YouZeum supporters, with their backs against an $800,000 wall and facing the possibility of losing a sizeable grant, said Thursday they believe they have met their capital campaign goal of raising $1.2 million.

Last year, the Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., said it would give YouZeum a $500,000 grant, contingent upon YouZeum raising the balance of the money needed to meet the project’s total cost of $5.2 million by June 30. YouZeum had previously raised $4 million for the project. YouZeum launched the campaign in May, when the deadline already loomed. This week, however, the dollars came rushing in.

Safe and legal celebration

Law enforcement officers in Columbia and Boone County are preparing for a full plate on the Fourth of July and will concentrate on responding to calls about people shooting fireworks at each other or at property.

While it is illegal to shoot fireworks in Columbia without a special permit, it’s OK to do so in unincorporated Boone County or in some smaller towns.

Salt drive raises money for packaging plant

Give a sister city 120,000 boxes of iodized salt, children will be healthy for a year. Help the city provide salt for its children on its own, good health could be insured indefinitely.

In the past, Columbians have been asked to contribute salt and money as part of the yearly salt campaign coordinated by “A Call to Serve,” a nonprofit international humanitarian aid organization, to buy salt for Columbia’s sister city Kutaisi, Georgia. This year, Columbians are asked to make financial contributions to help purchase equipment that would be used to repackage iodized salt.

Assault victim dies

The Boone County Prosecutor's Office upgraded charges against Shawan Daniels from first-degree assault to second-degree murder after Columbia police were notified that Earlene Bradshaw's died at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Keeping it green

For some, watering a lawn is as simple as turning on a garden hose. But Brad Fresenburg has it down to a science, using empty tuna cans to get the most out of his sprinkler – and his grass.

“Tuna cans are a good tool for determining proper irrigation procedures, especially in dry conditions,” Fresenburg, an MU turf specialist, said.

Short rain will bring relief from heat

Wanted: A little relief.

Wednesday was the hottest day of the summer so far, with a high of 96.7 degrees recorded at MU’s Sanborn Field at 3:10 p.m. By 5:30 p.m. the temperature had dropped slightly, but higher humidity pushed the heat index to 100.1 degrees.

State revises school funding

With the final approval of Missouri’s new school funding formula, Columbia School District officials are taking the first steps in a plan to maximize their share of state dollars under the new system.

On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Blunt signed the state’s new foundation formula into law. The formula, which will be phased in over a seven-year period, uses students’ needs rather than local property taxes to determine the amount of state funding a school district receives each year.

Tool aids in autism diagnosis

Two MU researchers are changing the face of autism diagnosis.

Judith Miles, a professor of child health genetics, and Nicole Takahashi, a senior research specialist, have developed a diagnostic tool that will classify autistic children into two subgroups, essential autism and complex autism.

Researchers control stem-cell growth

In the scientific pursuit to discover the workings of human cells in an effort to cure disease, MU researchers have made a small, but possibly significant, advance in understanding one of the smallest components of the human body.

MU researchers Michael Roberts, Toshihiko Ezashi and Padmalaya Das have discovered that by lowering the amount of oxygen in the environment in which a stem cell is growing, researchers can control how cells in a human embryonic stem-cell culture divide, allowing scientists to possibly replicate human tissues more efficiently.

Smoking ban to be discussed at meeting

Local business owners have an opportunity this evening to voice their opinions about a proposed ban on indoor smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants.

The Board of Health, an advisory board to the City Council, is looking into tightening smoking regulations in Columbia.

Adults and students gather for ‘Teen Speak’

About thirty people gathered at the Columbia Public Library on Wednesday evening to give teens a chance to speak and adults a chance to listen.

The Columbia Human Rights Commission issued an open invitation to “Teen Speak,” an event billed as encouraging discussion and promoting understanding about diversity and racial issues.

Police say report of shooting was false

Columbia police have arrested Walter Allen III for second-degree assault and filing a false police report in connection with Tuesday’s shooting at the 800 block of Mikel Street.

Initially, the incident was reported as a drive-by shooting with the suspect fleeing in a white car. Through an investigation, police learned that the story was false.

City Council to vote on Harg annexation

Residents of Harg met with developer Billy Sapp Wednesday to sign a statement signaling they would not oppose his latest request to have the city annex more than 800 acres that he plans to develop east of Columbia.

Harg residents petitioned to block the Columbia City Council from voting on Sapp’s two previous requests to have land along Route WW annexed. The residents primarily worried about how the development would affect traffic on the state highway.