MU Chancellor Richard Wallace said Tuesday morning that he found it difficult to keep his composure while announcing the largest gift ever presented to the College of Education. The $2 million contribution, made by MU alumni Harold Hook and Joanne Hunt Hook of Houston, will create the first endowed dean’s chair at MU, as well as a center for educational leadership.
At a press conference in the Reynolds Alumni Center, Harold Hook corrected Wallace, saying the $2 million was not a gift.
Sens. John Edwards and John Kerry and the Rev. Al Sharpton will make campaign stops in Missouri today — the first of the remaining Democratic presidential candidates trying to capitalize on voter indecision after Rep. Dick Gephardt dropped out of the race last week.
Edwards will speak at 7:15 p.m. at Southwest Missouri State University’s Strong Hall and is scheduled for a 9:15 p.m. appearance at the Blueberry Hill restaurant in suburban St. Louis. Kerry will hold a rally at St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park campus at 4:30 p.m. today, and Sharpton will tour the St. Louis area all afternoon and into the evening.
Would-be developers of the Philips farm don’t think they should be forced to comply with the city’s policy on impervious surfaces.
The policy, intended to limit potential pollution from storm-water runoff in environmentally sensitive watersheds, suggests developers should limit the proportion of impenetrable surfaces on projects to 30 percent.
For the first time in more than three years, officials with the Columbia Transit System are planning significant changes to the city’s bus routes, but they won’t do it without giving the public a chance to comment.
If accepted by the Columbia City Council, the route changes could be implemented as early as June. The main goals, Columbia Public Works Director Lowell Patterson said in a December report to the council, are to ensure the buses run on time, to boost the number of riders and to expand routes to popular destinations in the city.
The Novarg computer e-mail virus that started Monday has slithered its way into Columbia.
In an e-mail inbox this worm appears as an attachment to a message with familiar words such as “hi,” “test” and “status” in the subject box. A worm is a virus that replicates itself among networked computers by sending infected e-mails.
Confused customers stood outside a “Temporarily Closed” sign hanging on the doors of Office Depot, 101 S. Providence Road, on Tuesday morning.
At 11:45 a.m. Richard Sternadori, Columbia’s chief building inspector, ordered the store to be evacuated and to close its doors for an undetermined amount of time. He cited lateral soil pressures from the foundation wall on the building’s south side that had spread to the roof, making the building unsafe for occupants.
Although the 320 seventh-graders scheduled to attend Gov. Bob Holden’s speech Tuesday were at home enjoying a snow day, the governor still spoke firmly about a new statewide initiative on methamphetamine education, prevention and treatment.
Addressing a small crowd of law enforcement officers and state officials gathered at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City, Gov. Holden emphasized the widespread dangers associated with Missouri’s methamphetamine problem, including addiction, violent behavior and the environmental hazards related to meth production.
Construction of a new, comprehensive health facility at Worley Street and West Boulevard is nearing completion.
The project got a boost last week when the U.S. Senate approved an appropriations bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.
Missouri parents might have another vaccine to add to their list before sending children to school next year.
The state Department of Health and Senior Services has proposed adding immunization against chicken pox to the list of required vaccinations, which already includes polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, tetanus and diphtheria.
JEFFERSON CITY — A committee studying ways to revise Missouri’s school funding formula heard Monday from a consultant who recommended two plans that would cost the state an additional $710 million to $1.5 billion a year.
But the committee’s chairman said the proposals offered by John Augenblick, head of a Denver-based firm that advises states on school finance issues, would go nowhere this year, partly because of the costs.
A student fee increase to help fund a massive overhaul of MU’s Student Recreation Center will take effect next fall if approved Thursday by the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
Students voted overwhelmingly for the fee increase of $75 per semester in October 2001, but it was not meant to be assessed until the center opens. That opening is scheduled for the fall.
Schools were closed Monday, but one big yellow bus was running right on schedule.
The C-SPAN School Bus was parked at the north end of the Francis Quadrangle from noon to 4 p.m. to allow students and other Columbia residents to come aboard and learn about the news channel.
After chipping out of the thick layer of ice that coated everything in sight, motorists and road crews were bracing Monday night for another winter storm that was expected to blanket the frozen landscape in several inches of snow.
A Rolla senator wants to make sure UM system President Elson Floyd doesn’t take over the Columbia campus. A bill filed last week before the Missouri Senate would prevent the current president from becoming chancellor of any of the four campuses in the system — Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis.
NASHUA, N.H. — Playing to huge crowds of wavering voters, Democrats swapped charges of dirty tricks and elitism Monday, closing out the New Hampshire primary on a sour note before the presidential race goes national.
From coffee shops, truck stops, school gyms and country stores, the candidates took their last dose of small-state retail politicking with a collective grimace, testy and tired after a seesaw week of campaigning.
WASHINGTON — When Christopher Simmons was sentenced to death for the murder of Shirley Ann Crook in 1994, it got little more than a brief in a local newspaper, as did the discovery of Crook’s body in the Meramec River near St. Louis.
But now a ruling in that case could affect the lives of about 75 people on death row in the United States.
Today, MU’s College of Education will announce its largest gift ever, campus officials said Monday.
Although MU officials declined to release the donor’s name, he is Harold Hook of Houston, an MU graduate and former chief executive officer of insurance giant American General Corp.
A pair of beady red eyes glare at George Batek as he works at his desk at the Boone County Public Defenders office. They belong to a black plastic rat he calls “State’s Witness,” a squeaky old friend once used as a prop in the courtroom.
Nearby, not far from books with titles such as “The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers” and “Murder in the Heartland” is a bobble-head doll, The Enforcer from the movie “Lilo and Stitch.”
Columbians awoke Sunday morning to find their town coated with a quarter-inch to a half-inch of ice thanks to an early morning freezing rainstorm. For much of the day, downtown was deserted as ice and snow forced some businesses to close and made a simple stroll down the sidewalk a treacherous undertaking.
By lunchtime, the freezing rain had been replaced by light snow. Joe Pedigo of the National Weather Service in St. Louis said snow would probably fall throughout much of the day today and continue into the night. Pedigo expected 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation by this evening but said no more snow was expected for the rest of the week.
David Sapp spent almost two years researching old deeds, land surveys and other historical records to map the exact route of the historic Boone’s Lick Trail across Boone County.
By this summer, the trail, one of the first routes used by 19th-century settlers heading west, will be marked by signs designed by a Boone County resident.