Rios trial venue change possible

Lawyers defending murder suspect Steven Rios could request a change of venue for the trial of the former Columbia police officer at his arraignment Tuesday.


A story about an unemployment compensation fund on page 8A Sunday incorrectly referred to a 1996 amendment. The amendment was called the “Farmahan” amendment because it received backing from former Gov. Mel Carnahan and the Farm Bureau.

Pregnant driver hits boys crossing Broadway

A Buick Skylark driven by a pregnant woman hit two juveniles crossing West Broadway at Highland Drive on Friday afternoon.

Yvonne Piersee, 17, of 2401 W. Broadway, who is 37 weeks pregnant, was transported to Columbia Regional Hospital shortly after her car struck the two boys.

Man critically injured in motorcycle accident

Chris S. Schneider of Columbia crashed his motorcycle into a tree off Rock Quarry Road Saturday at 11:10 a.m. Schneider, 32, was taken to University Hospital for treatment of broken legs and pelvis, said Traffic Officer Lynn Woolford of the Columbia Police Department in a media release.

Thousands expected for Bush

Thousands of people are expected to attend a rally for President George W. Bush at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for Bush-Cheney ’04.

Representatives at the Boone County Republican Headquarters, one of two locations giving out tickets to the event, said Friday evening that 1,000 tickets had already been distributed. However, the tickets are not expected to run out.

City plans purchase of Philips for park

The city appears to be only weeks away from buying a large portion of the Philips tract for a new city park.

The Columbia City Council on Tuesday will introduce an ordinance calling for acquisition of 140 acres of the former farm in southeast Columbia.

Red Cross worker describes wreckage

On Friday, Columbia resident John Souza returned from Florida where he was involved in the disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Charley.

With Hurricane Frances approaching, Souza said one of his main concerns is the damage left behind from Hurricane Charley. As high winds develop, debris could be hurtled through the air and cause additional damage.

Nonprofit groups spur voter registration

Weaving through the front yards of Jefferson Street in Columbia, Dominique Turner couldn’t wait to meet a stranger. Through a maze of curious porch-sitters, barking dogs and barbecue pits, Turner sifted through her grandmother’s neighborhood, searching for first “no” and then the treasured “yes” answers to her two simple questions: “Are you registered to vote?” and “Would you like to register?”

Turner is one of more than 200 foot soldiers asking such questions in Columbia’s neighborhoods. The results of their efforts have been impressive; voter registrations are stacking up.

Regulator picked for creek project

Like many other Columbians, Scott Hamilton still canoes and goes kayaking down Hinkson Creek, despite the steadily increasing problem of pollution caused by urban development.

“I see the creek as a reflection of everything that we do in Columbia,” Hamilton said. “I see it as a reflection of my home, so I have a personal stake in the Hinkson.”

Residents report car break-ins

One of the reasons Linda Little moved to Oak View Drive in May was the neighborhood’s safety.

So, Little was concerned when she prepared to leave for work from her northeast Columbia home Friday morning and discovered her car window had been pried open overnight.

Minority students tutor peers to close achievement gap

The problem of black student academic underachievement has been battling a familiar foe at Hickman High School.

For the past three years, Hickman High has been home to the Minority Achievement Committee Scholars, the main goals of which include the promotion and encouragement of academic success in all classes, as well as the building of a support group so that minority students can form strong relationships focused on scholarly achievement.

Leader urges fixes to benefits funding

JEFFERSON CITY — As many unemployed Missourians are collecting assistance from the state while they seek new jobs, they’re putting the state into debt.

It’s a debt that is forcing Missouri to borrow from the federal government as required by federal law. It also is a debt with an interest rate far higher than the state would pay if it were to borrow the money from private investors through a bond issue.

MU alters parking

A metered parking lot next to Brady Commons was packed with cars Tuesday afternoon — as usual. Yet students used to the past year’s parking regulations were in for an unpleasant surprise.

MU sophomore Adrienne Ford, struggling to find one of the last spaces in the lot, was dismayed to discover that the university has changed the lot’s meter enforcement hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Putting on a new face

It’s not just celebrities and reality-show participants. College-aged Columbians are doing it, too.

The “it” is cosmetic surgery, a trend that’s making headlines all over the United States.

Riding for renewal

Connie Clatt hated seeing a certain billboard on her way to parties. She did everything she could to avoid looking at it, including pulling down the mirror in the car to check her makeup.

“It got to the point that I told myself I wouldn’t look at the sign,” she said. “But it never failed. God made me look up at just the right second. It made me realize I wasn’t living the right kind of life.”

Whooping cough hits Columbia schools

Judy Snyder had a message on her answering machine Wednesday afternoon informing her that a case of pertussis, or whooping cough, had been reported in her son’s kindergarten and first-grade class at Ridgeway Elementary School.

In addition to the phone call, Snyder’s son, Alexander, brought home a letter from the school with information on the symptoms and recommended treatment for whooping cough.

Bush coming to Columbia

President George W. Bush plans to visit Columbia on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of Missouri as a swing state in what will be his 21st visit to the state since taking office.

Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm confirmed the president’s visit Thursday but has not received any details about the trip, including where and when Bush will speak. However, he was confident the visit will occur.

High court to hear Lane’s tax suit

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that it will review a property-tax lawsuit against the Columbia School District and Boone County Collector Pat Lensmeyer.

The case stems from a suit filed by Henry Lane, a self-described anti-tax activist, who has run for the Columbia school board six times and failed.

Taxicabs lead funeral procession

A black limousine led a procession of seven taxicabs down Broadway late Thursday morning, honoring Robert Johnson, the former owner of Bob’s Checker Cab Co., who died Sunday.

Johnson, of Millersburg, died at University Hospital from complications of a vascular surgery performed Aug. 23. He was 69.

Roadway’s renaming set for pre-game event

As students, staff and alumni celebrate the opening of MU’s home football season Saturday, another group of people will gather to remember a man who had his own impact upon the university.

Mick Deaver was a 1966 graduate of MU who began working for the MU Police Department in 1972. In February 1980, at age 38, Deaver died in an automobile crash. At the time, he was the department’s associate director.