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Music stores stayin’ alive

It’s a Tuesday afternoon at Streetside Records, and a half-dozen customers are pacing the aisles, browsing the racks and stacks of compact discs. As a song by singer Norah Jones comes on the store’s sound system, two middle-aged women approach Streetside manager Kevin Walsh.

“Do you know a song beginning like, ‘there she goes... there she goes again’?” one of the women asks.

Citizens express concerns at I-70 meeting

The possibility of excessive exhaust fumes and traffic noise caused by the expansion of I-70 worried residents of the Parkade neighborhood Wednesday night.

Gays lobby for right to wed

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — More than 200 gay-rights activists crowded the Capitol on Wednesday to speak out against legislation affecting the gay community.

Activists in record numbers sounded off against a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution limiting marriage to a man and a woman. The proposed amendment passed the Senate last week.

Grindstone medians becoming gardens

The city of Columbia plans this spring to start putting the finishing touches on Grindstone Parkway.

The new road already boasts a bicycle lane and a sidewalk. City crews will add flower beds and an irrigation system to the 8-foot-wide medians just east and west of the Grindstone Parkway entrance to Rock Quarry Park.

Measuring New Math

Mathematics in the nation’s public schools is changing, and students and teachers in the Columbia Public School District are adjusting as well.

In 1997, Columbia schools began implementing a new math curriculum called integrated math. Six years later, Columbia educators say they are seeing positive results.

Trans fat labels: Will they work?

Soon, Americans will have another opportunity to make informed, intelligent choices about what they eat and the effect that food has on their bodies.

And they still may not care.

Concealed gun rule unfunded

JEFFERSON CITY (AP)— Sheriffs who are baffled by how to implement Missouri’s concealed guns law following a state Supreme Court ruling may have themselves to thank for the confusion.

That’s because the language cited by the court as triggering an illegal unfunded mandate was added to last year’s concealed weapons legislation at the behest of the sheriffs’ lobbyist.

Medical marijuana issue resurfaces

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical uses has resurfaced this legislative session after being killed last year.

The House Health Care Policy Committee heard testimony Wednesday from people both in favor of and against the bill.

Honkin’ good play

In the center of the stage, large white eggs begin to hatch and Ida’s brood of baby ducks emerge all yellow and orange and quacking — just like she expected.

But there is one odd and dark egg left to hatch, and when it does, the gray bird inside quickly realizes he’s different.

Affordable-housing obstacles studied

Strengthening public policy and planning will help Columbia overcome affordable housing obstacles, according to a city consultant’s final report about Columbia’s housing market.

Dallas-based J-Quad and Associates presented its final report to the Housing Steering Committee on Tuesday. The firm mainly used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and from city or local housing agencies to compile the report.

Senate panel hears bill to bar Floyd’s consolidation plan

JEFFERSON CITY — Two members of the Senate Education Committee voiced support for a bill to prohibit the president of the University of Missouri system from occupying the position of a chancellor of an individual campus.

The bill was heard Tuesday by the committee.

Columbia honored with budget prize

For the eighth consecutive year, the city of Columbia has earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The GFOA also awarded the city a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. City Finance Director Lori Fleming said the city has received that award more than 20 years in a row.

Rocheport winery set to expand its facilities

Don’t call Curtis Bourgeois to reserve a room at the hotel in Rocheport — there’s no vacancy.

Bourgeois, part-owner of Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, is storing nearly all his inventory in the rooms of the rundown hotel adjacent to Les Bourgeois’ tasting room and gift shop.

Trading cards show off Mo. River

A new trading card series entered the market Tuesday, but it doesn’t feature Alex Rodriguez in Yankee pinstripes.

It’s the fourth set in a card series created by the Department of Natural Resources highlighting Missouri’s natural wonders. But this year the cards are more specific — commemorating two local favorites, the Missouri River and the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

School forum discusses gay marriage

It was standing room only at Hickman High School’s Speak Your Mind Forum Tuesday night. More than 100 people attended the evening’s discussion about the legal issues concerning marriage and the religious ordination of gays and lesbians.

“This is a pretty hot topic in the news right now,” said Jimmy Janes, a senior at Hickman. “The idea that you want to restrict a group of people from achieving a pretty basic goal (of marriage) in society seems over the top.”

Methodists look to expand church property

With an eye on the needs of future parishioners, Missouri United Methodist Church is planning to grow.

The massive limestone church at Ninth and Locust streets is in the preliminary design phase of a projected $8.5 million expansion that would add about 40,000 square feet to its existing facilities, which now measure about 64,000 square feet, the Rev. Neal Lassinger said.

Jacobsen fighting for votes in 9th District

Linda Jacobsen has an uphill battle to fight against Kenny Hulshof, who has represented Missouri’s 9th District in the U.S. House for the last eight years.

Hulshof, a Republican who opposes gay marriage and supports President Bush’s tax-relief plan, will be fighting for a fifth term this November.

Sheriff won’t issue new gun permits

Boone County gun owners will now have to go to Ashland or Hallsville if they want to apply for conceal-and-carry permits.

The sheriff’s department will not be accepting applications for conceal-and-carry permits, according to a department press release. The decision was made during a two-hour meeting Monday with Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm, the county’s legal adviser and the Ashland and Hallsville police chiefs.

Radio giant buys seven area stations

Premier Marketing Group announced Monday that it is selling its seven local radio stations to Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc. in a deal worth $38.75 million.

Pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission, Cumulus, the second largest U.S. radio broadcasting company, will take ownership of KFRU-AM, KBXR-FM, KOQL-FM, KPLA-FM, KBBM-FM, KLIK-AM and KJMO-FM by the end of the year. Cumulus will begin operating the stations immediately under a local marketing agreement with Premier.

Philips opponents fault City Council

Opponents of the Philips development fear the Columbia City Council has spent far too much time doing public business — in private.

At its meeting Monday night, as the council adopted a series of amendments to developer Elvin Sapp’s plans for the 489 acres in southeast Columbia, the public got its first chance to voice its opinions on the changes. Sapp wants the council to annex and zone the land to allow for nearly 2 million square feet of homes, businesses and office buildings.

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