Democrats are tops in donations

With four months to go until the primary election for Columbia’s state Senate seat, running for the office is already looking pretty expensive.

Thursday was the deadline for filing campaign finance forms, and fund-raising leaders Rep. Chuck Graham and former Rep. Tim Harlan, both Democrats, led the way. Combined, they raised close to $60,000 in the last three months.

Green Thumbs Up

Using the city as her canvas and colorful floral designs as her medium, Lisa Phillips has made Columbia part of an ongoing art project.

Her work is showcased throughout the city: in the beautifully designed flower beds of its parks, in vibrant floral boxes downtown and in freshly cut green patches around roadway intersections.

Police search slaying suspect’s car

The investigation into the slaying of former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt led police to a car once owned by one of the suspects.

Hours after they arrested Charles Erickson and Ryan Ferguson on March 10, police say they searched a blue 1993 Mercedes-Benz. They found a tire tool in the trunk and trace evidence in both the back and front seats, according to police records. Police also said they recovered vehicle-registration papers in the name of Ferguson’s father, William Ferguson, and an empty package of Marlboro cigarettes.

Democrat in sheriff’s race leads in donations

Ken Kreigh, who resigned from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department following an investigation in January, has raised $53,316 in the race for Boone County Sheriff, nearly twice as much as his closest competitor.

The sole Republican running for the position, Mick Covington, is second with $28,502, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Boone County Clerk’s office. Democrats Dwayne Carey and O.J. Stone are third and fourth, raising $15,899 and $9,705 respectively.

Students unveil concrete canoe

A mixture of sand, water and cement that floats is the key to a group of MU students’ success in constructing a concrete canoe.

The canoe was unveiled Tuesday in MU’s Engineering Building East by the MU Concrete Canoe Team, which is composed mainly of civil engineering students.

Thirteen injured in crash on I-70

A van and a tractor-trailer collided early Tuesday morning near the Midway exit of Interstate 70, sending 13 people to University Hospital.

All five ambulances in service in Boone County were used to transport the 11 men and two women to the hospital. Two of the van’s passengers suffered potentially life-threatening injuries, said Ken Hines, assistant chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District. One person remains in intensive care, and the others suffered minor injuries that required medical attention, Hines said.

Stephens College reunion to focus on past, future

Stephens College will inaugurate its 23rd president, Wendy B. Libby, as part of its Alumnae Reunion 2004, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

Libby, who took over the school’s top job in July, will be installed into the institution 10 a.m. Saturday in Silverthorne Arena.

Two MU students present research at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON — Two MU undergraduate students showcased their work in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, hoping to draw lawmakers’ attention to research in Missouri.

Joining dozens of other undergraduates from around the country, junior Scott Schoenleber of Columbia and senior Stephanie Lane of Springfield, Mo., presented posters detailing their research on drug treatments.

Crime victim speaks out

Kate Certain can’t show anyone the worst of the injuries she’s suffered as a victim of two violent crimes. A rape left her with emotional wounds, and an accident with a drunken driver left her with invisible neck, back and hip injuries.

But her voice was left intact.

A family of unions

It’s that time again. Each election year, labor unions come into the forefront as they endorse candidates on a national and local level. But this isn’t all unions do. They are helping working families every day through lobbyists, labor councils and individual labor unions.

Here is a brief guide to how labor unions work and how they help workers and employers. It also provides a glimpse of what labor unions do in mid-Missouri.

From House to home

It was a difficult decision and one not officially made until 5 p.m. the final day of filing.

After careful consideration because of so many people urging her, State Rep. Vicky Riback Wilson, D-Columbia, looked at the clock on March 30 and knew her decision was final. She would not run for the 19th District Senate seat being vacated by Ken Jacob.

Family lobbies City Council to leave its name on city park

Paul E. Albert remembers well his early days of working and playing on his family’s land in northeast Columbia. Some years, he and his family would gather and sell walnuts to make ends meet.

“I have walked every inch of that land, raised cattle there, climbed the trees,” said Albert, now 53 and a resident of Japan. “There’s a very personal history built into it.”

Iraq war focus of local debate

Rick Hocks, English professor at William Woods University, was host, moderator and opposing viewpoint in a debate with U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., Monday night in Fulton.

"I'm hoping to raise consciousness and awareness of the issues," Hocks said. "I've noticed that a lot of people like myself -- hundreds of people that I meet -- are just totally plugged into this issue and understand it inside and out. But a dramatic number of people are pretty much oblivious."

Men get ‘buzzed’ in more ways than one

Columbia has more than 30 hair salons and barbershops, but its newest might be the most unusual. In fact, The Buzz offers something that no other barbershop in the state of Missouri does. It sells beer.

The spinning blue and red barbershop pole outside The Buzz, 9 N. Eighth St., began turning March 9 after eight months of paperwork and construction.

Paige scolded over school rules

Rod Paige, America’s foremost education policymaker, sat in the shadows of Rock Bridge High School’s cavernous auditorium Monday, fending off attacks over No Child Left Behind — a broad, sweeping education law passed in 2001.

Paige took copious notes. He looked right at his critics. And he said the same thing — many times.

Model school plan worries parents

Parents supported the staff of West Boulevard Elementary School at a PTA meeting Monday as it faces a coming overhaul of curriculum and personnel.

Parents said it was unfair that the teachers currently in the building either have to commit to the new ideals of the school or transfer without notice or input. West Boulevard is being redesigned into what administrators are calling a model school.

Senate delays bonds bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Political fighting delayed a vote on a bill authorizing bonds for higher education in the Senate Monday.

The bill, which began as an authorization for $90 million in bonds for life sciences in the UM system, has been expanded to authorize $350 million in bonds for higher education across the state. That has upset some senators.

Virtual realty

MU freshman Lisa Zirk cautiously walks up the driveway to her potential home. Her parents have agreed to buy a condominium for her and her sister. After walking through two condos and snapping a few pictures, Zirk has made her decision.

“I think I like the first one better. It sits lower, and it has a spot for a garden,” Zirk said.

Council again affirms Philips

Act II of the Philips development drama Monday night didn’t live up to the theatrics of previous public hearings.

Forced to reconsider the ordinance after the Ozark Chapter of the Sierra Club protested a flawed title in the previous version, the council reaffirmed its previous vote in favor of annexing and zoning the 489-acre Philips property on the southeast edge of the city.

Stephens plans to cut faculty and degrees

In an attempt to make the school financially stable, Stephens College will not renew contracts for 15 faculty members and will phase out six degree programs, two of which do not now have any students enrolled, over the next two years.

Although degree programs will be cut, many of the courses in those programs will remain, and provided that enrollment is high enough in these classes, some faculty contracts may be extended beyond the 2004-05 school year.