City attempts to unify tax-area interests

Columbia officials are considering the formation of a city-led transportation development district, bringing together major property owners along Stadium Boulevard near Interstate 70 to oversee a comprehensive overhaul of one the city’s busiest thoroughfares.

The city’s plan is merely the latest twist in the debate over how best to rebuild a road that is a veritable parking lot during rush hour. Already, there are two Columbia developers each seeking to form distinct taxing districts to fund improvements on Stadium.

KFRU dumps 2 local shows

Columbia lost two long-running local radio shows last week, but local voices can still be heard for now.

“The Trading Post,” a community buying and selling forum, and “The Columbia Business Times,” a business talk show featuring business community guests, went off the air last week. Both show were featured on KFRU/1400 AM. This latest move follows a lineup shift that replaced the local “Sunday Morning Sports Show” on the station this summer. The changes come as the news-talk station, taken over in March by Cumulus Media, shuffles its weekend lineup in preparation for elections and a ratings period.

Moberly businessman gets fine, prison for fraud

ST. LOUIS — A mid-Missouri businessman was sentenced to a year and nine months in prison Tuesday for defrauding customers, U.S. Attorney James Martin said.

Floyd Riley, 56, of Moberly, also was ordered to pay restitution of $350,000 to 11 individuals and businesses.

Skeletal remains identified as those of missing veteran

The skeletal remains of a man found in Petite Saline Creek on July 11 were positively identified Monday as the body of Earl Cason of Columbia. Cason went missing from Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital on March 31.

Phyllis Cason, Earl Cason’s daughter, said the Cason family was prepared for the news.

Panel informs students on election issues

MU student groups sponsored a voter education panel to discuss issues relevant to college students Tuesday evening in Waters Auditorium at MU.

Panelists represented the Republican and Democratic national committees as well as the College Democrats and College Republicans. The event, organized by the Associated Students of the University of Missouri and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, also provided an opportunity for students to register to vote.

Corfu cooking on display tonight

Corfu is an island belonging to Greece, but Corfu cuisine has very little in common with traditional Greek food. Area residents will have the chance to find that out about the island’s cuisine tonight at an event sponsored by Columbia Books and Village Wine & Cheese.

Alice Padova Anderson, a Corfu native, will speak about Corfu cuisine. Her book, “Corfu Cooking,” will be on sale and recipes will be set up buffet-style at the event.

Groups give politics-minded women a chance to get involved

Boone County Federated Republican Women’s Club

Description: The Federated Republican Women’s Club is affiliated with the Missouri Federation of Republican Women and is the largest Republican Women’s Club in the state. The club has been active since the 1930s and has about 125 members. It organizes the annual Boone County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Legal aid is on way for abused kids

Neglected and abused children who are in Boone County’s court system will have more advocates soon.

Court Appointed Special Advocates, a national, nonprofit program that recruits volunteers to represent the child’s best interest in abuse and neglect cases, is starting a local program this fall.

Strength in numbers

Some of Columbia’s independent businesses have officially decided to depend on each other.

After months of discussion, about a dozen local business owners are ready to form an independent business alliance.

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.