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Hopefuls differ on state’s economic needs

JEFFERSON CITY — Their diagnoses are different, and so are their proposed remedies.

The three leading candidates in Missouri’s gubernatorial race hold divergent beliefs on whether the economy is good, bad or mediocre. And they promote varying plans to strengthen it.

Democratic incumbent Bob Holden views Missouri’s economy as improving, citing the job-creating policies and actions of his administration as part of the reason. He wants another four years in office to work toward a rather lofty goal.

Lieutenant governor candidates differ on fund-raising techniques

The disparity in campaign contributions collected by the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor is reflective of their different campaign styles.

“My campaign is very much a grass roots kind of campaign,” said Pat Secrest, a Republican from Manchester. “I’m out there on the road and going door to door.”

Search proves unnecessary

After responding to reports of a possible abduction, the six-hour search for a transient man and a young girl was called off early Friday evening once authorities found the subjects in question -- and learned that the female involved was a small-framed, grown woman.

Shooting inspires Falun Gong supporters' trip to South Africa

Sara Effner of Jamestown sat on the floor of the Boone County Commission Chamber on Friday with four other Falun Gong practitioners. With slow-moving hands, they demonstrated the exercises of Falun Gong after announcing Effner's planned trip to South Africa.

The reported shooting of Falun Gong practitioners in South Africa inspired her to make the trip to raise awareness in the South African government about the Chinese spiritual practice of meditation called Falun Gong.

Life-changing routes

Alexander sees his mother only in pictures. Jessica Owen’s warm smile and gentle blue eyes are frozen on a framed piece of photographic paper pressed behind a thin sheet of glass.

With Alexander’s growing vocabulary he says “night-night” at bedtime, “water” when he’s thirsty and “cracker” when he’s hungry. He looks at the photograph of Jessica and says, “Mama.”

Lumber firm set to host Cheney visit

The story line couldn’t be any better for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

A thriving family-owned small business in central Missouri. Politically active co-owners grateful for the business-friendly policies of the current administration. A founder who has given generously through the years to Republican candidates.

Police: Mother talked of killings

A Moberly woman remains in the Randolph County Jail on $1 million bond in connection with the separate deaths of her infant son and daughter. The deaths occurred just more than a year apart.

Carla Clay, 23, was arrested by Moberly police on Thursday morning on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder. She was arraigned Thursday afternoon before Randolph County Associate Circuit Judge Scott Haynes.

Council to define logging, penalties

More than two years after the Environment and Energy Commission first complained about loopholes in Columbia’s tree-preservation ordinance, the Columbia City Council on Monday night will have the chance to approve or reject recommended amendments.

The first would alter penalty provisions of the law to base fines for violators on a per-acre rather than a per-tree assessment.

Correction

A headline on Page 7A in Friday's Missourian incorrectly listed the defendants in a school property-tax lawsuit. Attorneys for the Columbia School District and the Boone County Collector Pat Lensmeyer filed an application to have the case transferred to the Supreme Court.

Democrat Jim LePage stands against abortion

Jim LePage proves the terms “conservative” and “Democrat” are not mutually exclusive.

LePage, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, has views that conflict with those typically held by Democrats. He opposes abortion, and gay marriage. In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, LePage said he will be an option for Democrats the party has abandoned over right-to-life issues.

Jeff Emrick boasts leadership abilities, mass-transit plan

If Jeff Emrick is elected governor, he would fund affordable housing programs for senior citizens, open forums for discussion of a mass-transit rail system and fight the high cost of prescription drugs.

Emrick, a Democrat from Blue Summit, is a full-time candidate for governor. He registered late for the governor’s race because he was moving, he said.

Sheriff candidate, Boehm deny perjury allegations

Last week’s allegations that a candidate for Boone County Sheriff had an affair with a subordinate — then lied about it under oath — originated from court documents a judge sealed from public view three years ago.

Affidavits submitted to county prosecutors by Columbia attorney Dennis Murphy allege that candidate Dwayne Carey, committed perjury in 1999 to hide an affair in 1996 and 1997 with former deputy Edith Homan.

Lawyer contributions pose possible conflict

Ideas for campaign finance reform have taken numerous shapes, from lowering caps on contributions to letting contributors donate as much as they want.

Republican lawyer Chris Byrd of Kansas City believes the attorney general and those running for the office, including himself, should not accept contributions from attorneys or law firms. Byrd criticizes incumbent Attorney General Jay Nixon for doing so.

’Realville’ imitates poverty’s realities

The people of “Realville” are just like everyone else: They work, send their children to school and pay bills. The town has a bank, a supermarket, a school and a police department. The only difference is that all of Realville’s residents are at or below the poverty level.

Realville and its residents may be fictitious, but the situations they find themselves in are very real. That’s what participants from all over the community — ranging from the homeless to CEOs — learned during the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” poverty simulation Friday.

Youths discuss politics, rights

Sarah Whites-Koditschek walks with a purposeful gait, her shoulders taking the lead and a determination behind her steps that fall heavy on her brown leather Birkenstocks. She’s clad in slacks with a tank top over her broad shoulders, hanging a bit from her thin frame. The 19-year-old has dark, calm eyes. They seem to record and take notes as she nods occasionally. Her knuckles cover her pursed lips. Her dark hair is almost within Army regulations for men. Whites-Koditschek stretches a lot. Hardly a moment goes by when she’s not tugging at one elbow or another, which reveals a rather large scar that other women would go to lengths to cover. But this restlessness is possibly because of stress. She just organized Columbia’s first Youth Activist Conference.

“They’re really doing an excellent job,” said Hilary Aid, an adult volunteer helping with the conference. Aid insists that Whites-Koditschek and her small crew did all the organizing themselves.

Life Sciences summit offers opportunities to network

About 300 people are expected to gather this week in St. Louis for the Missouri Summit on Life Sciences for opportunities to learn, exhibit and network with each other.

A Columbia contingent of 20 to 30 participants will attend the summit, which opens today and runs through Tuesday. It is “a way to facilitate commercialization activities that will directly affect Missouri’s bottom line in the life sciences industries,” said Barbara Wilhelm, program director for Missouri Biotechnology Association, host of the summit.

Losing my mind along with sleep

Being more than a half century old, I have my share of aches and pains. But lately I’ve been acting strangely. And I’d really start worrying about myself if I weren’t surrounded by friends who have the same problem. Sadly all of us weirdoes are women. Men at this age either are not inflicted with this syndrome or are good at hiding it.

Choosing a church's path

ASHLAND — Ten miles south of Columbia on U.S. 63, the cemetery behind New Salem Baptist Church houses the bodies of slaves, Civil War veterans and a who’s who of Ashland and Columbia’s earliest days. Dr. David Doyle, the church’s first pastor, is buried here. He carried a rifle to and from church from fear of Indian attacks. That was a little more than 175 years ago.

Through the window of the church’s back office, Doyle’s tombstone stands guard. But there is change in sight these days.

More power

For the first time in more than two decades, Columbia residents and businesses face rising electric rates as a result of unbalanced energy supply and demand in mid-Missouri.

In early June, the Water and Light Advisory Board recommended the consulting firm R.W. Beck review Columbia’s electricity needs. This study, completed July 1, estimated Columbia will need an additional 75 to 150 megawatts of capacity between 2008 and 2020 as the city’s peak energy load increases.

Mother charged in infant deaths

A Moberly woman was arrested Thursday morning and charged with murder in connection with the deaths just over a year apart of her two infant children.

Carla Clay, 23, was arraigned before Randolph County Associate Circut Judge Scott Haynes Thursday afternoon on two counts of first-degree murder. She is being held on $1 million bond in the Randolph County Jail.

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