Floyd’s review of fixed tuition gains support from governor

A decision to look at fixed tuition rates as a possibility for the University of Missouri System garnered support Tuesday from Gov. Matt Blunt.

“I commend (UM System President) Elson Floyd for proposing a practical solution to help control rising tuition costs,” Blunt said in a statement. “…His proposal will provide parents and students with a road map to plan savings and estimate costs.”

City, county plan to split study’s cost

Columbia and Boone County officials agreed Tuesday morning to split the cost of a traffic study to determine what should be done about a dangerous curve on Creasy Springs Road.

City planners will investigate the cost of adding Creasy Springs to a traffic survey it is already planning for Brown School Road between Creasy Springs and Range Line Street, then meet again with county officials to determine what they want to do.

Switch saves Boone County $164,000 on liability insurance

Boone County just saved a bunch of money on its liability insurance by switching to a shared risk pool for local governments — more than $164,000 to be exact.

The county is switching to the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund, which will provide workers’ compensation, property and liability insurance.

Suspect in flashings arrested after appearance in court

A Lawson resident who police think is the man they dubbed the “South Columbia Flasher” was arrested Tuesday in Richmond by Ray County sheriff’s deputies.

Richard Paul Cain, 47, was arrested when he showed up in court on unrelated burglary and sexual-misconduct charges.

Gunfire reported, but some witnesses are keeping quiet

Several central Columbia residents reported gunfire near Banks Avenue and Duncan Street on Monday night, but police said some witnesses are reluctant to talk.

“We have witnesses saying they heard shots, but we’re having problems with victims saying they were shot at,” Columbia police Capt. Brad Nelson said. “It might be because they were willing participants shooting at each other.”

Valuable life lessons

Keith Holmes would have been hanging out on the streets. Shante Loethen probably wouldn’t have graduated from high school on time. Sam Adekunle wouldn’t have any extra spending money. Jasmyne McClanahan would simply be bored.

These youths have benefited from the Career Awareness Related Experience program, a Columbia Parks and Recreation Department program that helps 14- to 18-year-olds by getting them jobs and tutoring them during the school year. The program provides employers with free help because the city pays the students. The program, which runs from June 13 to Aug. 5, accepted 200 participants this summer, a record high. Normally, it invites 170 to 180, CARE coordinator Kim Partney said. It also had to turn away 100 applicants.

Handyman pleads not guilty in slaying of 77-year-old

A Columbia man arrested in connection with the May 2 death of 77-year-old Zelpha Turner pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in Boone County court Monday.

Columbia College alumna leads Board of Trustees

Daisy Grossnickle, who attended Columbia College in the 1960s, said it has traditionally been important to the school to instill confidence in young women and to further develop their capabilities and talents.

“The same held true in the ’90s for my two daughters, who graduated from the college,” said Grossnickle, who recently was elected chairwoman of the college’s governing Board of Trustees.

Cut in adoption subsidy prompts planned lawsuit

A group of attorneys is planning to file a lawsuit within the next 30 days on behalf of 20 Missouri parents who will lose state subsidies that help them care for their adopted children. At least one of the plaintiff families is from Boone County, the attorneys said.

“It appears that legal action is inevitable,” said John Ammann, director of the Legal Clinic at St. Louis University and a lawyer involved in the case. “We continue to hear from more and more parents who want to be involved in the case.”

Co-op grants benefit community

A million dollars sure can make a difference in a community. Just ask the nonprofit groups and schools that have received grants from Boone Electric Cooperative over the past eight years.

The grants have helped pay for transportation for the elderly and people with disabilities, equipment for volunteer activities, a senior center and many other projects.

Mo. Supreme Court upholds use tax law

JEFFERSON CITY — The state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Missouri’s use tax law, which allows local governments to tax mail-order purchases at the same rate levied in local retail stores.

Tuesday’s unanimous ruling caps a more than decade-long battle against the use tax.

Program component teaches art

Sierra Jackson is on her way to fusing two of her dreams after this summer.

“I sing with my two sisters,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to design our CD cover.”

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.