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Musician rallies support for Kerry with speech

To the backdrop of a Kerry/Edwards banner stating in bold type “Help is on the Way,” singer/songwriter Carole King triumphantly sang “You’ve Got a Friend” in conclusion to her speech supporting presidential candidate John Kerry on Wednesday morning at Columbia’s Activity and Recrea-tion Center.

King wants George W. Bush ousted on Nov. 2 and replaced with a “man that truly shares the values of the common citizen,” she said. The event was part of her nationwide campaign primarily directed at the states that could swing the upcoming election.

Groups give politics-minded women a chance to get involved

Boone County Federated Republican Women’s Club

Description: The Federated Republican Women’s Club is affiliated with the Missouri Federation of Republican Women and is the largest Republi-can Women’s Club in the state. The club has been active since the 1930s and has about 125 members. It organizes the annual Boone County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Addressing state issues

19th District state senate seat

No Child Left Behind

Builders back tax measure

JEFFERSON CITY — The push to pass a constitutional amendment that would route money raised by transportation-related taxes to road construction has been largely fueled by several of the state’s top road builders, labor unions and other public-works contractors, campaign-finance records show.

Contributions totaling nearly $1 million have been made to the Committee to Improve Missouri Roads and Bridges, a pro-amendment group registered with the state government, this election cycle.

Students go without to raise cash

Sleeping at home, showering and changing clothes are among the everyday comforts that four MU students are giving up this week to raise awareness about substandard housing. They will also try to raise $4,000 for construction of a Habitat for Humanity house.

Until Friday afternoon, Kelly Puppilo, Candace Revelle, Laura Winterscheidt and Kate Ervin — all executive board members of the MU chapter of Habitat for Humanity — are living in cardboard boxes on Kuhlman Court, in the heart of the MU campus.

Political year of the woman

JEFFERSON CITY - With a record number of women on Missouri’s statewide ballot and at least one campaign trying to capitalize on the growing appeal of female candidates, 2004 may go down as the year of the woman in Missouri politics.

City attempts to unify tax-area interests

Columbia officials are considering the formation of a city-led transportation development district, bringing together major property owners along Stadium Boulevard near Interstate 70 to oversee a comprehensive overhaul of one the city’s busiest thoroughfares.

The city’s plan is merely the latest twist in the debate over how best to rebuild a road that is a veritable parking lot during rush hour. Already, there are two Columbia developers each seeking to form distinct taxing districts to fund improvements on Stadium.

KFRU dumps 2 local shows

Columbia lost two long-running local radio shows last week, but local voices can still be heard for now.

“The Trading Post,” a community buying and selling forum, and “The Columbia Business Times,” a business talk show featuring business community guests, went off the air last week. Both show were featured on KFRU/1400 AM. This latest move follows a lineup shift that replaced the local “Sunday Morning Sports Show” on the station this summer. The changes come as the news-talk station, taken over in March by Cumulus Media, shuffles its weekend lineup in preparation for elections and a ratings period.

Moberly businessman gets fine, prison for fraud

ST. LOUIS — A mid-Missouri businessman was sentenced to a year and nine months in prison Tuesday for defrauding customers, U.S. Attorney James Martin said.

Floyd Riley, 56, of Moberly, also was ordered to pay restitution of $350,000 to 11 individuals and businesses.

Skeletal remains identified as those of missing veteran

The skeletal remains of a man found in Petite Saline Creek on July 11 were positively identified Monday as the body of Earl Cason of Columbia. Cason went missing from Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital on March 31.

Phyllis Cason, Earl Cason’s daughter, said the Cason family was prepared for the news.

Panel informs students on election issues

MU student groups sponsored a voter education panel to discuss issues relevant to college students Tuesday evening in Waters Auditorium at MU.

Panelists represented the Republican and Democratic national committees as well as the College Democrats and College Republicans. The event, organized by the Associated Students of the University of Missouri and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, also provided an opportunity for students to register to vote.

Corfu cooking on display tonight

Corfu is an island belonging to Greece, but Corfu cuisine has very little in common with traditional Greek food. Area residents will have the chance to find that out about the island’s cuisine tonight at an event sponsored by Columbia Books and Village Wine & Cheese.

Alice Padova Anderson, a Corfu native, will speak about Corfu cuisine. Her book, “Corfu Cooking,” will be on sale and recipes will be set up buffet-style at the event.

Groups give politics-minded women a chance to get involved

Boone County Federated Republican Women’s Club

Description: The Federated Republican Women’s Club is affiliated with the Missouri Federation of Republican Women and is the largest Republican Women’s Club in the state. The club has been active since the 1930s and has about 125 members. It organizes the annual Boone County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Legal aid is on way for abused kids

Neglected and abused children who are in Boone County’s court system will have more advocates soon.

Court Appointed Special Advocates, a national, nonprofit program that recruits volunteers to represent the child’s best interest in abuse and neglect cases, is starting a local program this fall.

Strength in numbers

Some of Columbia’s independent businesses have officially decided to depend on each other.

After months of discussion, about a dozen local business owners are ready to form an independent business alliance.

Rios to get new judge for trial

The murder trial of former Columbia police officer Steven Rios has been reassigned to Circuit Judge Ellen Roper, who replaces Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton.

Rios, 27, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the death of 23-year-old MU student Jesse Valencia, who was found with his throat cut June 5.

Knocking on Hearnes’ door

Bob Dylan will perform at the Hearnes Center on Oct. 27. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

Kevin Walsh, store manager of Streetside Records, plans on seeing Dylan perform with his band for the fourth time next month in Columbia.

Northup to take Jeffries’ place

Columbia Republican Bob Northup filed papers in Jefferson City on Monday to replace Joel Jeffries on the ballot in the 25th District state representative race.

Jeffries pulled out of the election last week after he was appointed to Missouri’s Board of Probation and Parole by Gov. Bob Holden. Jeffries also said he was unwilling to wage a negative campaign against Democratic candidate Judy Baker.

Senate blocks bill to import Canadian drugs

Eight years ago, FedEx lost a package filled with expensive epilepsy medicine. Without the money to purchase the drug at U.S. prices, a family from the southeastern Missouri town of Jackson turned frantically to representatives in Congress to help find the cargo that disappeared between a pharmacy in Canada and Missouri.

“That’s when I first found out you could even do that,” Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., said about ordering medications abroad for lower prices.

Car detectors

About five years ago, small cameras began sprouting up at intersections around Columbia.

Some drivers have mistaken the new additions as red-light cameras, which are used around the world to record traffic violations.

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