A bill introduced by a group of Republican legislators could change the way Missouri schoolchildren learn about science — in particular, the creation and development of life on Earth.
Missouri House Bill 911, dubbed the Missouri Standard Science Act, would in part require state science teachers to give as much class time to “intelligent design” as they do to evolution and natural selection.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Democratic presidential rivals worked across several time zones Sunday to sway undecided voters in states with contests early this week. Howard Dean conceded making an “enormous gamble” by spending so much in Iowa and New Hampshire only to lose both states. “It didn’t work,” he said.
Sen. John Kerry pressed his front-runner’s advantage in North Dakota while Sen. John Edwards concentrated on South Carolina, a state he says he must win. Edwards trails Kerry in six of the seven states holding primaries or caucuses on Tuesday, except in his native South Carolina.
A pre-annexation agreement that would allow the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to extend sewer and sanitation services to facilities inside Rock Bridge State Park will be discussed at tonight’s City Council meeting.
The DNR’s proposal would allow an eventual annexation of about 200 acres of the park’s northwest corner to the city in exchange for sewer service. Current park borders do not touch city limits.
The educational gift of $2 million given to MU last week by Harold Hook and Joanne Hunt Hook comes at a crucial time of budget crunches and new achievement standards imposed by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The donation comes at a crucial time of budget crunches and new achievement standards imposed by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Three new gambling-related questions added to a survey this year could shed light on the extent of problem gambling in Missouri.
The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling will pay $15,000 for the addition of the questions to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a national survey that helps states track public health problems. The BRFSS is conducted each year by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
WASHINGTON — President Bush, under mounting political pressure, will sign an executive order to establish a full-blown investigation of U.S. intelligence failures in Iraq, a senior White House official said Sunday.
ST. LOUIS — The economy outpaces both the war on terrorism and the debate about health care and education as the top issue on the minds of Missourians heading into the state’s presidential primary Tuesday, a new poll shows. A majority of the 804 likely voters surveyed Wednesday through Friday for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV also said they oppose marriage benefits for same-sex couples, although “moral issues” rank near the bottom of matters they said they would consider in the presidential race.
JEFFERSON CITY — Efforts to rename Southwest Missouri State University as the more important-sounding Missouri State University have failed for two decades in the state legislature. But a collision of election year politics and financial shortfalls may have finally created the ideal circumstances for the Springfield school to get its new name. “I’m optimistic,” Sen. Norma Champion, R-Springfield, declared last week despite the Senate’s failure to reach a vote after nearly eight hours of debate over two days. “We think we’ve got more than the majority.” Standing in the way is Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, a master talker who claims ...
I truly believe that people who find joy in life’s simple pleasures are among the luckiest folks in the world. Among my friends and acquaintances, it seems the bird-watchers, quilters, gardeners, poets and others who court the gentler muses tend to roll with the punches at a less frenetic pace. While those caught up in the business of politics and economics appear to enjoy the pursuit of one rush of adrenaline after another, they seem to have a hard time dealing with life’s prickly thorns. Often, if at first things don’t succeed for them, there is no second chance.
I’ve always liked a world of second chances. Rejection, of course, is a way of life for writers. Some of the world’s most famous writers willingly admitted that they acquired enough rejection slips to paper the kitchen before they sold their first manuscript. It’s easy, in fact, to feel sorry for those who never failed at anything. Theirs tend to be the kind of tragedies from which it’s hardest to recover.
Common knowledge says Democrats will win more often than they lose in Columbia and Boone County.
Maybe that’s true: Columbia’s government is led by an openly liberal and progressive mayor; the local delegation to the Missouri General Assembly is Democratic; the county government has been dominated by Democrats for years.
In preparation for Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Elizabeth Edwards came to the Reynolds Alumni Center on behalf of her husband, presidential hopeful Sen. John Edwards, to speak with Columbia residents Saturday.
State Rep. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, both introduced Elizabeth Edwards to the crowd of more than 60 people and publicly announced his support for the senator.
John Kerry was a hit in Kansas City on Saturday when the Massachusetts senator garnered support from union leaders and a crowd of about 700 at a downtown hotel.
Poll numbers look to be paving the way to victory in Missouri for Kerry, who focused his attention during the raucous campaign event on beating Bush in November. “I think they can hear you all the way in (White House adviser) Karl Rove’s office,” Kerry told the cheering crowd.
It looks like winter plans to keep its icy hold on mid-Missouri this week.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dale Bechtold said a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Jefferson City and Columbia for Sunday night and Monday. Columbia could also get freezing rain and sleet with snow accumulation of less than two inches. The chance of precipitation is forecasted at 90 percent Sunday night.
No court on Fridays. Longer delays for pending cases. Even a "get out of jail free" card for those accused of nonviolent misdemeanors. All these practices have become solutions to the budget woes of state court systems around the country - and some of them might be coming soon to Missouri.
This was the message delivered Friday by Bill Corrigan, president of the Missouri Bar Association, at a breakfast meeting in Columbia. Since 2001, Corrigan said, the Missouri court system has endured $10 million in budget cuts. Meanwhile, traffic tickets aside, caseloads in Missouri courts have increased by 59 percent over the last 20 years. In 2003, courts heard 879,000 cases, involving 15.5 percent of the state's population.
The final event of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, a panel discussion on police and community relations, was held on the second floor of the Reynolds Alumni and Visitors Center on the MU campus Friday afternoon.
Discussion focused on the history of civil rights and the relationship between minority communities and their local police departments.
Representatives from the campaigns of retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry appealed to the Boone County Muleskinners in a final push for support before the Tuesday primary.
Men and women alike will be parked in front of televisions on Super Bowl Sunday, but not all of them will be watching for the same reasons.
A nationwide on-line survey conducted by comScore in January 2003 found that one out of six viewers said they watched the Super Bowl only for ads, and most of the viewers interested in just the ads were women.
State and local officials plan to visit as soon as possible each of 23 sites within the Hinkson Creek watershed where construction projects are on hold while they await land-disturbance permits.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is sitting on the permits out of fear the projects could further pollute Hinkson Creek, which is on the EPA’s list of impaired water bodies. DNR representatives said Friday they plan to visit each site to determine how construction can begin without damaging the creek. Columbia officials will join in the tour.
Columbia officials want to make an offer to buy part of the 489-acre Philips tract for a new city park.
City Manager Ray Beck said Friday that the Columbia City Council has directed city staff to begin negotiations for the purchase of more than 450 acres in southeast Columbia for a new regional park. The targeted land comprises 153 acres of the Philips farm, including the 40-acre Bristol Lake and 320 acres across Gans Road owned by Sue Crane.