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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.

Teach tolerance instead of hatred

What I hate most about the kind of politics that are presently poisoning our social climate is the way it will affect future generations of children. There is something absolutely dismal about thinking of children growing up hating all other children who do not think the way they do.

I heard someone quoting a young man in our community the other day, saying, “We’re the baddest country in the world. We can kick everybody’s behind.” For a long time I believed our civilization had advanced beyond that point.

Early voting specifics debated

Three candidates for Missouri secretary of state agreed early voting should be implemented but differed on how soon and how ballots would be cast in a debate Sunday night at Stephens College.

Democratic nominee Robin Carnahan and Republican nominee and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway participated in a debate Thursday in Clayton. On Sunday, they were joined for the first time by Libertarian candidate Christopher Davis. Constitution party candidate Donna Ivanovich was unable to attend.

Mid-Mo. partisans step up donations

Presto. All it took was a computer, an Internet connection and $250 billed straight to her credit card.

Donating to a presidential campaign had never been so easy for Janet Breid: Just a few clicks of a mouse and the Columbia retiree became part of a new group of political participants, driven by divisive politics to volunteer, vote and donate in record numbers to this year's presidential campaigns.

Greatest harvests can be a problem

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicting record yields across the Corn Belt, you’d expect to see Boone County farmers letting out their overalls to make room for nature’s bounty.

In Missouri, 2004 average corn production is expected to exceed that of 2003 by 36 bushels per acre, and total production will likely break last year’s record-setting yield by 100 million bushels, putting the state ninth in the nation in total corn production with 417 million total bushels.

Summer's Bountiful Harvest

A continuation of this summer’s growing conditions is at the

top of mid-Missouri farmers’ wish lists.

“This is probably the best year we’ve ever had,” said Gary Alpers, a Cooper County farmer. “Last year we didn’t raise much, but this year it’s almost going to be like having two years in one.”

State reports show an average yield of 144 bushels per acre for corn and 36 bushels per acre for soybeans said Bill Wiebold, an MU Extension state specialist. Usually, corn averages in the 120s and soybeans in the low 30s, he said.

Religious Remix

A new wave of spirituality is finding its way into the hip-hop community. Hits infused with spirituality — such as Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” and Cam’ron’s “Lord You Know” — are getting strong play on the airwaves.

The urban rhyming rap of inner-city youth known as hip-hop music and its artists are starting to push religion to the forefront of their music and into mainstream rap.

Junk room will show off history of church

A thin beam of light illuminates the scattered paint buckets and wooden borders lining the floor of a room at 101 N. Tenth St. The walls are white, and the concrete floor is splotched with the same hue of paint. The two doors are stained a light brown.

It appears to be a forgotten room. Soon, though, it will house mementos of the 172-year history of a Columbia institution.

The sound of science

If there’s one thing people in the music business need, it’s backbone.

Fortunately, Jeff Moran has one.

Community Sketchbook

Title: Candelabra

Artist: Karsten Ewald

TV shopping can come back to haunt you

I think my husband has finally run out of patience with me. He actually raised his voice yesterday and said, “Enough already!”

  You have to understand that in our almost 30 years of marriage my husband has raised his voice no more than 10 times, and eight of those were aimed at the children.

Artistic Evolutions

Somewhere between an artist’s first spark of inspiration and the culmination of a career lies the midlife of the aesthete, a time of refinement and exploration when the artist develops a voice, masters a medium, refines a message, and in some cases discovers the style that will ultimately define her.

Georgia O’Keeffe was in her late 30s when she painted the first of the large close-ups of flowers that overshadowed her earlier work. Pablo Picasso was in the middle of his career when, with George Braque, he developed cubism.

The beef about HORMONES

A growing number of consumers concerned about what’s fed to the animals they eat are expressing their beef with the meat industry.

From chain grocery stores to local farms, suppliers are responding by offering a larger selection of meats without additives. And more farmers are rejecting the use of hormones and antibiotics in their animals raised for consumption.

A look at midcareer artists

Jane Anne Gideon

After taking classes at St. Mary’s College, the Cochran School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., and at MU, Gideon settled in Fairfax, Va., where she graduated from George Mason University. Gideon’s watercolors are sought by private and corporate collectors and were commissioned to appear in prints, publications and greeting cards. The former art editor of Phoebe magazine is a member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and is a signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society.

Neighborhood WATCH

Little by little, it painlessly pillages eyesight with the cunning of a bandit. The loss of vision isn’t apparent to the victim until it reaches the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting visual information to the brain.

By that point, the damage is irreparable. Glaucoma, the so-called sneak thief of sight, has taken its toll.

Talent at Twilight

On select days every year, neighbors gather for a celebration of life in downtown Columbia. Dancers. Musicians. Food connoisseurs. Social activists. They’re all part of the weekly Twilight Festival — a time

not just for entertainment, but for but for displaying talents.

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