The Columbia woman who was badly burned Monday in a vehicle fire survived her second round of surgeries Thursday. Meanwhile, investigators have ruled that the fire was intentionally set using an accelerant.
“We eliminated unintentional causes such as mechanical failure,” said Steven Sapp, battalion chief with the Columbia Fire Department. “So we drew the conclusion that it was an intentionally set fire.”
JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri legislators proposed a plan Thursday to stop penalizing Missouri schools for being too tough in testing students.
A House and Senate bill to rework various components of Missouri’s MAP testing regimen will help allow schools to meet a federal standard that is actually lower than the goal than Missouri educators set for themselves.
Stacy Silverman has never worked in politics before. But in the past five months, Silverman has made two trips to Iowa and one to New Hampshire, and she will make another trip to Iowa this weekend.
An assistant professor with the communications science and disorders program at MU, Silverman will travel to Iowa, just in time for Monday’s caucuses, to canvass for the Democrat who she favors in the presidential race: Missouri native Dick Gephardt.
Blake Ashby and Bill Wyatt know they are political lightweights, challenging a reigning champion who has the approval of about 65 percent of the nation.
Although Republican leaders say most Missourians support President Bush, Ashby and Wyatt will run against the incumbent in the Missouri Republican presidential primary on Feb. 3.
Three young men sat in black plastic chairs around a table at Mojo’s on Wednesday night. The table closest to the stage is cluttered with their musical instruments.
A sense of excitement surrounds the members of Mile 48, a Columbia band, and tonight is their farewell show. Twenty-one-year-old bassist Roby Hopkins is being deployed.
George Frissell, a teacher of classical ideas and world religions at Hickman High School, had an “excused absence” from proctoring the beginning his own exam. His excuse: He was one of several people nominated for the Columbia Values Diversity Award.
At Thursday’s breakfast, Frissell and Clyde Ruffin, a professor at MU’s Department of Theatre and pastor at Second Baptist Church, were presented the 2004 Columbia Values Diversity Award for individuals.
JEFFERSON CITY — A forum to address rumors about MU’s medical school making a move to Kansas City has been scheduled for next week in Columbia.
The forum, which was requested by Rep. Chuck Graham last October, is scheduled for
Since arriving on the market in 1970, the popularity of all-terrain vehicles soared. Originally designed as recreation vehicles for outdoor enthusiasts, ATVs later became the vehicle of choice for many farmers.
These days, ATVs are once again attracting thrill-seekers looking for an adventurous way to experience the outdoors.
Fewer does and more big bucks were the clear desires of hunters during Thursday night’s public discussion on deer management at MU.
Beyond that, people in the audience expressed different views on how best to manage Missouri’s deer population. Unlike at the other two forums held in the state, no consensus of how to accomplish that goal was apparent. About 170 people turned out at Thursday’s forum.
Columbia Police arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of a Jan. 4 robbery.
A 60-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint in the area of Melbourne Street and Richardson Street after he believed the man was going to help him carry some groceries, according to Sgt. Stephen Monticelli.
Tim and Terry are ready for their official MU photo shoot. They stand proud and look straight ahead, ignoring a biting breeze during the cold snap last week. The flash goes off and Terry, caught off guard, is burying his head behind Tim’s. The two 10-year-olds are MU’s star pair of mules.
“Come on, mules!” shouts Sarah Hesse, vice president of MU’s Mule Club, trying to get the mules to look at the camera. “Tim, Terry, come on!”
JEFFERSON CITY — Identity theft penalties would be increased from six months in jail to a life sentence under a bill initially approved by the House on Wednesday.
The bill also imposes the penalty of a Class B felony for trafficking in stolen identities.
Elizabeth Simons, a Moberly resident, already has difficulty paying her gas bill.
“I just can’t afford it,” she said. “I don’t think they’re (AmerenUE) talking those who are low-income into consideration.”
Columbia resident Lisa Noll was driving home for lunch Wednesday morning when her trip took an unexpected detour.
“I don’t remember anything — just spinning,” she said. “It’s probably the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me.”
State health officials are cautiously optimistic that the worst of the flu season might be over.
The number of reported cases of the flu has begun to decline, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Doug Elley, 57, still prefers a stove over the microwave.
How about cell phones?
Call it luck or wisdom.
Either way, when the United States banned the use of rendered meat and bone meal from ruminant animal diets in 1997, it cut off the possible amplification of mad cow disease, unlike European counterparts.
The Oakland Plaza Senior Center celebrates one month of operation today in its new home in the lower level of Vandiver Square, half a mile east of Rangeline Street.
“This is definitely an improvement,” said Sue Owens, who comes to the senior center every day. “It’s easier for the people in wheelchairs.”
Red and green arrows go up and down as the trader updates his stocks. He checks the market news and sees what is affecting his stocks. He checks the 52-week charts on the Excite Web site to chart his stocks’ long-term progress.
This isn’t the computer of the average investor. This is the computer screen of Cody Houston, a sophomore at Hallsville High School. Cody, along with his nine classmates in Scott Wallace’s stock market class, is learning how to invest money through Internet stock market games.
Military personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can now attend Columbia College without leaving Cuba. The college announced Tuesday that beginning Monday, U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers can attend classes at Columbia College’s new extended campus at the military base.
The Guantanamo Bay campus is the newest of 30 extended campuses located in 11 states and Puerto Rico.