Illegal purchase of firearm alleged

A Columbia woman was indicted by a federal grand jury Friday and arrested Tuesday by Columbia police on suspicion of illegally purchasing a firearm for her then-boyfriend, Richard T. Evans, in May 2003.

The gun in question was not the one authorities say Evans used in the fatal shooting of Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden last month, U.S. Attorney Todd Graves said at a news conference Tuesday.

Filibuster ties up medical cuts

JEFFERSON CITY — The debate over Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed cuts to Missouri’s health care programs for the poor hit the floor of the state Senate on Monday.

The Democratic minority blocked action by staging a filibuster against a bill designed as a companion to Blunt’s proposed budget, which sought to take nearly 90,000 people off Medicaid. The stalling tactic went on into the night with no resolution reached as of press time.

Administering the Law

One look at Dwayne Carey gives away that Boone County’s rookie sheriff values hard work.

The 37-year-old still looks like a football player. He works out as conscientiously as he did in high school when he was fighting for the starting tight end position with the Hickman Kewpies.

Lawmakers refine bill on workers’ comp

JEFFERSON CITY — State House and Senate lawmakers met Monday and ironed out differences in two bills that would fundamentally rewrite Missouri’s workers’ compensation law.

The legislation would tighten the definition of who qualifies for workers’ compensation. Benefits would be awarded only when a job is deemed to be the “prevailing” cause of injury. Heart attacks at the workplace or car accidents while driving in a company car would not qualify.

Theft, fake pregnancy alleged

A local man and his family waited eight months for the stork to arrive. In the end, they lost a bundle.

Detectives from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department charged Kelsy Dawn Poore, 19, with stealing by deceit on Friday, about one month after they began an investigation into a man’s claim that Poore had deceived him into believing that she was pregnant with his child.

Parents need help with responsibility

It’s fun to navigate the highways and byways of women’s history and encounter the many whistle stops along the way. We can look back to the day when women won the right to vote and the time when it became possible for women to earn equal pay for equal work. We can certainly agree that it has been a long journey, and there are still a few miles left to go.

Although women have taken giant steps in liberation in the last five or six decades, they remain the primary caregivers of the family unit. In addition to taking care of the husband and children, they often have to take on elderly parents. There is a loud cry these days to strengthen family ties and family values, and for a lot of folks, women are the people expected to fulfill that agenda. The fact that many women work as long and hard as men will probably get little consideration, except for lip service.

Hulshof pushes funds for Stadium extension

U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof is doing what he can to make the extension of Stadium Boulevard a reality.

Hulshof, R-Columbia, secured $2.5 million to help pay for the extension as part of a package of highway projects approved by the U.S. House last week. The bill allocated a total of $4.76 billion to improve Missouri roads.

Bill would ease midwife restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY — Labor pains might no longer mean a grab for the overnight bag and a mad dash for the hospital.

A bill proposed by Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O’Fallon, would allow anyone to assist in a birth, not just doctors at a hospital or certified-nurse midwives. The bill primarily would affect lay midwives who help with home births. Existing Missouri law makes it a felony for anyone other than a medical professional to deliver a baby.

Schooling on Social Security

Standing in MU’s Speakers Circle on Monday morning, Colan Holmes seemed a little out of place.

The junior advertising major was immersed in a sea of college students as he talked to them about the future of their Social Security benefits — something many of them probably won’t think about until retirement, he said.

Execution moves forward

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Supreme Court on Monday refused to halt the execution of Stanley Hall, despite claims that the condemned killer is mentally retarded.

The court offered no explanation in its one-line ruling. Hall’s attorney, Nelson Mitten, said he will appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gov. Matt Blunt was also weighing a clemency request.

Democrats stalling vote on Blunt's Medicaid cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican senators are promoting Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to remove more than 100,000 people from Medicaid as an intermediate step to revamping what they describe as a bloated and broken government health care system for the poor.

Tornado drill aims beyond mere test

This is a test.

Those familiar words — along with the shriek of ear-piercing sirens — will ring out statewide Tuesday as part of Severe Weather Week, an exercise that aims to prepare Missourians for the start of tornado season, along with flash floods and other emergency situations.

Clouds bar star buffs from view of nebulae

A crescent moon and patchy clouds teased Steve Gallaway on Saturday night.

“I’ve been watching the moon appear and disappear,” said Gallaway, an amateur astronomer and a member of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association. “It’s like the Cheshire Cat smile — it’s there, and then it’s gone.”

Fifth-grader wins art competition

Bryan Page, a fifth-grade student at Derby Ridge Elementary School, won first place for his pencil drawing of inventor Elijah McCoy, in his second year entering the U.S. Cellular Black History Month Art Competition.

When the contest began last year Page received second place for his portrait of Bessie Coleman, also a pencil drawing. Coleman was the first black woman to receive a pilot’s license.

School board to discuss grant, salary proposals

If a grant proposed by Smithton Middle School faculty and technology services is approved, Smithton students will be able to improve their writing skills through the use of technology.

The Columbia School Board will hear this recommendation and others when it meets at 7 p.m. today at Lange Middle School.

For Alana’s benefit

Those traveling past Henry Clay Boulevard in Ashland on Sunday likely saw the hand-lettered signs pointing the way to “Alana’s Benefit.” By 11 a.m., the Ashland Optimist Complex down the road was bustling as members of the surrounding communities set up for an event to raise money for the medical fund of 15-month-old Alana Barner of Ashland.

The event consisted of a luncheon with live and silent auctions. Alana’s parents, Bart Barner and Patti Cuddihee-Barner of Ashland were there with her 5-year-old brother, Wyatt. By noon, the Optimist Club gymnasium was nearly full of friends, family members and community members who had come to show support.

Marijuana ticketing increases

Although Columbia police officers have made plain their disapproval of the city’s new marijuana ordinance, they are enforcing the law with zeal, and the numbers show it.

Columbia police have ticketed more people per month for misdemeanor possession of marijuana since voters approved Proposition 2 in November, but most are not being prosecuted. First-time offenders are given a second chance as part of the municipal court’s marijuana deferral program.

Break plans changing for MU students

Spring break is getting a makeover.

What was once considered an opportunity for coeds to overindulge on the sunny beaches of Florida, California and Mexico is being reinvigorated to include more adult destinations such as Las Vegas and Europe as well as volunteer opportunities in cities across the country.

Holden, Blunt tout obscure credit fact

JEFFERSON CITY — Bob Holden and Matt Blunt might espouse different political philosophies. But the former Democratic governor and the current Republican one seem to share a penchant for citing an obscure financial fact to try to bolster their political aims.

Holden used to frequently trumpet Missouri’s “Aaa” credit rating while claiming it showed his sound, conservative management of the state’s money. Holden would typically couple that with his call to increase state tax revenues to shore up the budget.

Missouri town threatens to sue local plant over foul odor

CARTHAGE — Leaders in this small southwest Missouri community are threatening to sue a local plant because of a foul odor they say is hurting the town’s quality of life.

“We’ve had it,” Carthage Mayor Kenneth Johnson said of the smell many believe is coming from the Renewable Environmental Solutions plant.