Rockaway Beach casino sunk

ROCKAWAY BEACH — Hopes for a casino slipped away Tuesday as voters across the state rejected an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would have allowed a casino in Rockaway Beach.

The amendment’s supporters said allowing the casino on Rockaway Beach’s downtown waterfront would breathe new life into a fading tourist town, and they pledged to funnel the resulting state revenue toward teacher salaries and struggling schools.

Farmer, Bond look forward to campaign

KANSAS CITY — Republican Sen. Kit Bond and his likely challenger, Democratic state Treasurer Nancy Farmer, weren’t worried about Tuesday’s primary opposition — they were focusing on each other and on the November general election.

Bond won the U.S. Senate nomination with 90 percent of the GOP vote, with 5 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. Farmer was leading with an overwhelming 78 percent of the Democratic vote.

Liquor license appeal begins

JEFFERSON CITY — The hearing for Mike Cooper — owner of Cooper’s Landing — before the Administrative Hearing Commission began Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson City. The appeal will continue Friday morning.

The Administrative Hearing Commission is a neutral, independent administrative court that decides disputes between state agencies and another party.

MU athletic program responds to allegations

So far, MU’s athletic department has found no basis for allegations made in a national magazine by a former Tiger Hostess who said coaches ignored her complaints of sexual harassment.

The woman, identified only as “Emily” in an article in Seventeen’s September issue, described incidents in which she was asked by fellow Tiger Hostesses and players to go out to bars and strip clubs with recruits.

Police teach businesses to stay safe

Members of the Columbia Police Department’s community services unit will meet with business representatives Thursday in the second of three sessions to discuss crime prevention.

“We basically decided that it would be something valuable for the Columbia community, based on programs that other cities are offering and requests that we’ve had for specific programs,” officer Tim Thomason said.

Byrd, Steelman, Abel win primary races

Kansas City lawyer Chris Byrd won the Republican nomination for attorney general Tuesday, carrying about 80 percent of the statewide vote and defeating Columbia candidate Dewey Crepeau.

Byrd said he expected a large victory but didn’t anticipate how large it would be.

Ballots brim with big decisions

KANSAS CITY — An incumbent governor in a fight for his political life and a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage are expected to bring national attention and a relatively high number of voters to Tuesday’s primary elections in Missouri.

Missouri also will nominate candidates to run for Rep. Dick Gephardt’s seat. Gephardt, a 14-term Democratic House leader from St. Louis, is retiring after his failed presidential bid.

Voting 101: A guide for the polling place

Timely advice for voters in Missouri’s primary elections today:

Double-check where you are supposed to vote.

Bring proper identification.

City Council rejects two marijuana initiatives

The City Council voted against two proposed ordinances Monday — one regarding medical marijuana and the other lowering penalties for those possessing small amounts of marijuana — but decided unanimously to send the initiatives to a special election on Nov. 2.

The vote came after petitions were filed by the Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education. The two petitions were certified by City Clerk Sheela Amin in mid-July.

Study: Ideology is no measure of compassion

As election season heats up, voters have not only begun looking at the candidates’ stances on the issues, but their moral beliefs as well. While it is sometimes held that liberals are more compassionate than conservatives, some Republicans — including President Bush — have tried to combat this perception in their political campaigns.

Three researchers, including an MU professor, put the perceived differences between liberals and conservatives to the test. Using two types of experimental games, the researchers concluded that liberals and conservatives are equally trustworthy and just as likely to act outside of their immediate self-interest.

Ferguson trial to get Lincoln County jurors

A jury from another county will be brought in to hear the case against murder suspect Ryan Ferguson, now scheduled for trial in late January.

Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane and defense attorney Scott McBride agreed on Lincoln County as the source for potential jurors for the trial. Ferguson, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

Emergency crews praised

When they were deployed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Missouri Task Force One’s trained volunteers became one of the New York Fire Department’s most vital resources, former department Commissioner Thomas Von Essen said Monday. But similar task forces can grow even stronger, he said, by mobilizing more ordinary individuals to join.

“The experience, the discipline and the training of the task force truly did a remarkable job for us,” Von Essen told a small audience at the Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters in Columbia as part of a campaign event for President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. “To have 20 to 25 men come in and not have to worry about training them, that experience is a great resource.”

UM info systems boss to retire in 2005

The first and only vice president for information systems of the University of Missouri system has announced his retirement.

Ralph Caruso became the UM system’s first chief information officer and vice president for information systems in 1992, when then-president George Russell decided the position was necessary because of the increasing role information technology was playing in higher education. Caruso announced Monday that he plans to retire on March 31, 2005.

Camp teaches students forensic science basics

When Ellie Palomino, along with her horse and cat, turned up missing Monday, students attending a forensics camp at Stephens College were on the case.

They did blood, fingerprint, handwriting and saliva testing on the evidence, just as any crime-scene investigator would, to search for the missing college student.

Jefferson Landing rich with history

The area now known as Jefferson Landing State Historic Site was a hub for activity in mid-1800s Jefferson City.

The city that sprung up along the waterway only had about 30 houses when it was chosen as the capital of the state. At the heart of this early city were the Lohman building and the Union Hotel building, which now make up the historic landing. Hotels and restaurants near the dock and train station flourished during a time when all visitors and goods arriving to the city came in by rail or boat.

Mo. lags in use of seat belts

The statistics speak for themselves.

Vehicle occupants who buckle up are injured in just one of seven crashes and their chance of being killed is only one in 1,108. When motorists don’t wear seat belts, their risk of injury is one in three and the risk of being killed increases to one in 39.

Lending a hand

Not many parents allow their children to have snowball fights in the house.

But last winter, when her twin 10-year-old girls couldn’t leave the warmth of their living room, Cheryl Carrier of Hallsville scooped buckets of snow and brought them inside to Chelsea and Lindsay.

Group aims to aid new mothers

Child or infant abuse can sometimes stem from postpartum depression — mothers feeling sadness or anxiety after giving birth. But in Columbia, a support group called Mother Helpers is organizing to assist first-time mothers in need of emotional and physical support.

The time right after a woman gives birth is the most stressful. The mother is going through emotional changes and a hormonal withdrawal that can cause sudden depression, said Dr. Robert Harris, a pediatrician at Columbia Regional Hospital. In addition to the physical side effects of giving birth, the mother must devote all her time to the baby. Harris said many women do not have time to sleep, eat or shower because the baby takes so much of their time.

Fate of country lies outside of parties

I was thrilled to get feedback by way of e-mail about last week’s column about forming more political parties. I know that some folks think that the two-party system is the only way this democracy can function. But just as I suspected, some people are clearly fed up with the two-party system. I understand the party loyalists, and believe me, if I knew any other way to get the politician’s attention I would certainly try it. But you can see that Ralph Nader has their attention, even if it’s in a negative way. He’s being called “the spoiler” because people are afraid he will draw votes away from the other candidates.

I read a comprehensive report on the 9/11 Commission’s findings, and it was pretty sobering. We are told over and over again that we have the most effective and efficient government in the world and that is the story that we want to believe. The fact that 3,000 people lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy certainly presents a compelling case for overhauling our intelligence-gathering agencies, but beyond that I don’t have any great expectations that anyone will be held accountable.

Democrats battle while Blunt cruises

JEFFERSON CITY — The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is likely to emerge from the fight with little money and a lot of campaign bruises.

The likely reward for the victor: A well-funded Republican opponent whose familiar name has yet to be scarred by a single negative campaign ad.