Easing into the digital age

Doug Elley, 57, still prefers a stove over the microwave.

How about cell phones?

Forum explains mad cow disease

Call it luck or wisdom.

Either way, when the United States banned the use of rendered meat and bone meal from ruminant animal diets in 1997, it cut off the possible amplification of mad cow disease, unlike European counterparts.

Senior center settles into new location

The Oakland Plaza Senior Center celebrates one month of operation today in its new home in the lower level of Vandiver Square, half a mile east of Rangeline Street.

“This is definitely an improvement,” said Sue Owens, who comes to the senior center every day. “It’s easier for the people in wheelchairs.”

Smart money

Red and green arrows go up and down as the trader updates his stocks. He checks the market news and sees what is affecting his stocks. He checks the 52-week charts on the Excite Web site to chart his stocks’ long-term progress.

This isn’t the computer of the average investor. This is the computer screen of Cody Houston, a sophomore at Hallsville High School. Cody, along with his nine classmates in Scott Wallace’s stock market class, is learning how to invest money through Internet stock market games.

Columbia College extends to Cuba

Military personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can now attend Columbia College without leaving Cuba. The college announced Tuesday that beginning Monday, U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers can attend classes at Columbia College’s new extended campus at the military base.

The Guantanamo Bay campus is the newest of 30 extended campuses located in 11 states and Puerto Rico.

Deer issues to be addressed

The northwest part of Boone County is one of the areas being targeted for deer management strategies that could better balance the buck-to-doe ratio and increase the number of older bucks.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will outline possible management strategies and receive public input from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in Room 103 of the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building at Hitt and Rollins streets on the MU campus.

Collaborative creations

Mary Beth Marrs pulls packaging, a warranty and detailed instructions out of a smallish cardboard box. Next comes a black box with a cord — a machine older people can use to click on lights and other electric devices by remote control.

The socket bears a tiny MU logo.

Name swap suggested for SMSU

JEFFERSON CITY — A deal is in the works to trade $200 million in bond proposals for the name of Missouri State University.

Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, filibustered the bill that would have changed the name of Southwest Missouri State University to Missouri State University last session. He suggested the trade-off on bond proposals for the UM system to Sen. Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, Tuesday during a hearing on the name-change bill.

State sees price spike at gas pump

Lauren Phillips thinks Columbia drivers have it good when it comes to gas prices. The St. Charles resident was on her way to visit family in Belton on Tuesday afternoon when she stopped to fill up her tank at the Conoco on I-70 Drive SW.

“A buck-forty-seven is pretty cheap,” she said. “Fuel was like over a buck-sixty back home.”

Jeep fire remains a mystery

Michelle Ricketts, daughter of Mary Coronado-Leija Baker, and Michelle’s stepmother Angela Ricketts arrived to a horrific scene when they turned onto Stone Street on Monday.

“Michelle and I went over to visit with her; we pulled up on everything,” said Angela Ricketts, a longtime friend of Baker’s. “She was already gone, but the detectives and police officers and everybody were still there. We didn’t know what had happened, so it was a pretty big shock.”

GOP resists Holden union fee rule

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Bob Holden’s effort to allow unions to take money from nonunion state workers was voted down by a House rules committee Tuesday.

By a party-line vote, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules sent to the full House a resolution recommending the removal of the service fee rule.

Forum to answer mad cow questions

Although it has been a couple of weeks since the most recent mad cow disease scare, some consumers are still concerned about bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

In response, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the agriculture and health sciences departments at MU will hold a question-and-answer session about BSE and similar diseases at 1 p.m. today at MU’s Veterinary Medical Auditorium.

Girl Scout cookies back on the market

If you made dieting your New Year’s resolution, read no further. On the other hand, if the words “Thin Mints” make your mouth water, you’re in luck.

The Girl Scouts have begun their annual cookie sale, which will end Jan. 25. At $3.50, up 50 cents from last year, the price may be well worth it. In addition to traditional favorites like Tagalongs and Samoas, the Girl Scouts are introducing two new flavors: Double Dutch Chocolate Chocolate Chip and low-fat Lemon Coolers.

Celebration embraces diversity

Mark Kelty’s directed plays before but nothing like this.

Kelty, who runs the Teen to Teen InterACT Theatre, is coordinating the theatrical program Thursday morning for the 11th Annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration.

‘04 Special Olympics in Columbia

Columbia already is host to the Senior Show-Me Games and the Show-Me State Games. Now it will feature the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games as well. Naomi Cupp, board chairwoman of Special Olympics Missouri, announced Tuesday that MU will host the Special Olympics Summer Games for the next four years. Lorah Steiner, executive director of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the Olympics will bring a $4 million boost to the local economy. “It is an opportunity to strengthen our program and reward the community for their exemplary support,” Cupp said. Columbia was chosen for its exceptional hospitality, ...

Bill to seek tax-break accountability

JEFFERSON CITY — Missourians would learn more about businesses that are getting special tax breaks under a plan to be proposed in Missouri’s Senate.

Tax subsidies to the tune of tens of millions of dollars are issued each year to businesses that participate in one of about 50 state programs — with the expectation that those businesses provide public benefits, such as bringing new development to impoverished areas or preserving historic buildings.

Mother charged with child abuse

A Columbia woman was charged on Tuesday with two counts of felony child abuse involving her two children, ages 3 and 5.

Yolanda Gail Brewster, 24, of the 1200 block of Elleta Boulevard, was arrested Monday.

Fiscal risk seen in science bonds

Missouri Democratic and Republican lawmakers share the goal of boosting life sciences research in Missouri, but some Democrats say the University of Missouri’s proposal to use $190.4 million in bonds to meet the goal could put the state’s fiscal stability at risk.

Meanwhile, officials of other public universities in Missouri with life sciences said they want to be included in the plans.

Initial wrestling building plan OK’d

Hickman High School wrestling coach Doug Black dreads rainy days. Precipitation turns his practice room into a series of puddles.

“When it rains, it leaks water really bad,” he said. “It leaks in 40 or 50 different spots. It’s not a very pleasant room.”

Car fire burns woman over 90% of body

A woman was listed in critical condition Monday night after suffering burns from a car fire in a residential area near Business Loop 70 on Monday morning.

The victim was in the burn unit at University Hospital and Clinics with burns on 90 to 100 percent of her body. Officials had not released the victim’s name.