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Budget experts to leave Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — When the two budget leaders in Missouri’s Senate first came to the General Assembly decades ago, they were far apart — both geographically and philosophically.

Now, the two longest-serving members of the Missouri legislature are heralded by colleagues and lobbyists as models for bi-partisan cooperation — as well as targets of private criticism within their own parties.

Practicing what they teach

JEFFERSON CITY — Rep. Barbara Fraser, D-University City, gets bombarded by lobbyists every day. But this time, during a Wednesday morning session in late February, was different.

Fraser was handed a business card by one of the thousands of lobbyists and special interest advocates who converge on the statehouse.

Candidate wants to sell Beanie Babies to raise funds

Columbia Democrat Lara Underwood was hoping to capitalize on the Ty Beanie Baby fad by auctioning 12 Democratic donkeys and one Republican elephant through an online service.

Unfortunately, a little bean counting by the Missouri Ethics Commission threw a monkey wrench into the General Assembly candidate’s plans.

Stewart could still make society better

The jury is still out among my female friends as to whether or not Martha Stewart wound up in court simply because she was a successful woman or truly guilty of committing a crime. And it is true that there are a lot of corporate scoundrels who have robbed investors of billions who are still running around loose. Nevertheless, Stewart got caught, the prosecutors were able to make their case, and she was convicted. Undoubtedly, there are thousands of felons behind bars who could also claim that others as guilty as they were are still at large.

I’ve heard some women say they feel betrayed by Martha. They seem to believe that she seduced them by her pseudo-perfectionism into thinking that they too could somehow become goddesses of housewifery and all things domestic. I always saw her as a super saleswoman, a captain of capitalism and a not-very-nice person.

War protest marches on

Samantha Winkler’s voice broke and her blue eyes teared as she summoned the courage to read the speech she had prepared earlier in the morning to a silent crowd of several hundred people gathered in Courthouse Square to observe the one-year anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq.

Winkler, 18, a senior at Hickman High School, used the occasion to remember her cousin, Sam Cox, of Kansas City, who died eight months ago in Iraq in what the government called a helicopter accident.

Interest in enlisting dips

It wasn’t difficult for Sgt. Brian Boss to recruit for the Missouri National Guard — until the first bombs fell on Baghdad last March.

He first noticed a change during his monthly visits to Columbia high schools, where he would set up a display table in the lunchroom to attract new recruits.

New Sunday Missourian

Dear Reader:

Roy Robinson woke me from my arrogance last week.

I saw Roy at church. The Downtown Optimists will bring a Russian delegation of medical clinic managers to Columbia later this spring, and Roy wanted me to know about it. I was quick to dismiss – after all, I figured, Columbia probably hosts international visitors every week. I was wrong.

Owner sued over climbing death at game

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the case of a climbing wall accident last July.

David Moen, representing Kathleen Schmitz, and Thomas Riley, representing Craig Ewing, filed the lawsuit Friday afternoon in the Boone County Circuit Court.

Beyond backyard burgers

Jena Bricker is one lucky woman.

  Her boyfriend, Ben Randolph, is one of five finalists picked from thousands of entrants in a nationwide contest to find America’s best amateur griller.

Hallsville sees no rush on gun permits

Hallsville Police Chief Pete Herring printed almost 2,000 conceal-and-carry gun applications, but there was little or no waiting on Saturday, the second day people could apply at the police department for the permits.

Only 13 applicants forked over the $100 fee and submitted to fingerprints and background checks Saturday.”There is no big and wild rush,” Herring said.

The age of high-tech headaches

I love all the techno-toys that the 21st century has to offer. That is, until something goes wrong, then I pine for the good old days. I’ve learned the hard way (it took more than once) to save my copy when writing an article so I don’t lose it if the computer crashes.

And I know that my cell phone needs to be recharged if I don’t want it to go dead in the middle of a conversation. But it’s the things I have no control over that really bug me.

Emilie’s organ

Emilie Dye’s new organ wouldn’t play.

Her new 29-year-old organ plucked from a classified ad for an estate liquidation, whose previous owner dropped the price when he found out that it would be entrusted to 10-year-old Emilie, wouldn’t play.

Trinity Lutheran School receives endowment

Trinity Lutheran School in Jefferson City will receive a $500,000 endowment, Principal Ken Hartman announced Friday.

Robert Barrett Laury of Jefferson City gave the money to create the Martha Katelyn Aull Endowment Fund in his sister's name. Aull is a seventh-grader at Trinity.

State Farm workers to tour Columbia

Columbia will play host this weekend to more than 80 employees from the State Farm operations center in Monroe, La. The company-sponsored trip is designed to show the city to employees who are considering relocating.

The visit comes about six weeks after State Farm announced it would close its Monroe facility and transfer as many as 300 jobs to its offices in Columbia. State Farm also plans to move another 200 jobs from Monroe to Tulsa, Okla.

Model school in city’s future goals

A new model school and a new administrative position are being considered by the Columbia Public School District to help district achievement and organization.

Superintendent Phyllis Chase outlined two recommendations to the Columbia Board of Education on Thursday: restructuring an elementary school in the district to make it a model school and adding a districtwide director of research, assessment and accountability.

Demand rises for intensive care for pets

A cat named Miss Annie lies in an incubator, undergoing a blood transfusion. She has been in the hospital since Feb. 23 because of problems with her kidneys and diabetes, and her owner has visited her every day. Miss Annie will never be completely well again, but veterinary technician Mary Flanders said she will soon feel good enough to go home one last time.

“We know she’s feeling better when she starts acting a little grouchy,” Flanders said.

Study: Early learning matters

Kindergartners build their knowledge not just by learning how to color in the lines and follow directions but also through experiences they have had before entering the classroom.

A new study by the Boone Early Childhood Partners and Project Construct National Center found that children in Columbia are more prepared to enter kindergarten than their peers in the rest of the state.

Match Day for MU School of Medicine

Packed into the hallway outside the MU Health Sciences Library with cameras, flowers and balloons, 74 MU medical students learned Thursday where they would perform their residencies.

As they opened the envelopes to reveal their match, tears fell and families hugged.

IRAQ: Civilian death count remains unclear

A year has passed since the first bombs were dropped in the U.S.-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq, and many questions have been raised about the validity of the war. But for human-rights activists, a more important question lingers: How many Iraqi civilians died during and after major combat?

Reports and surveys from humanitarian organizations and news agencies differ in scope, but all put their civilian casualty count above 3,000. Researchers and western journalists in Iraq say they are confident these estimates are reliable, but that the true number of deaths may never be known.

A wife waits and prays

Penny Smith of Hallsville got some bad news on her 27th wedding anniversary: Her husband, Stephen, had re-enlisted in the Army Reserves. She became even more upset when he got deployed to Fort Riley, Kan., two weeks before Christmas.

Then, just last month, she got the call that Stephen, 49, was going to Iraq.

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