Proposal would link GPA to MAP

JEFFERSON CITY — MAP test scores and grade-point average could be adjusted under a measure reviewed by the state House Education Committee on Wednesday.

The proposal would include a student’s MAP test score in the formula for figuring grade-point average.

Free school lunch in higher demand

More Boone County children are receiving free and reduced-priced lunches.

It is one of the trends reported in the Kids Count report card released Wednesday by Citizens for Missouri’s Children.

Strangers in the homeland

On Sunday, 1st Lt. Frank Lopez of the Missouri National Guard said goodbye to his wife in St. Louis and headed to Columbia after being ordered to report for active duty. At a deployment ceremony on Wednesday, the soldier in the 128th Field Artillery Battalion said he had mixed emotions.

“I feel proud and sad,” he said. “Proud to be fulfilling the duty I signed up to do, and sad to be leaving my wife.”

City’s utilities get new director

Dan Dasho will be able to hit the ground running when he takes over as director of the city Water and Light Department next month.

Dasho, whose appointment was announced Wednesday by City Manager Ray Beck, said he’s excited about his new job in Columbia, in part because voters just last November approved a $28.3 million bond issue that will expand and upgrade the city’s water system.

Work begins on library coffee kiosk

The location of the sink and other parts of the new Lakota Coffee Co. kiosk were outlined in tape at the Columbia Public Library on Wednesday. After a two-month delay, plumbing and wiring were scheduled to go in today, and by Sunday or Monday, the coffee kiosk should be open for business.

Lakota Coffee Co. owner Skip DuCharme said it’s taken longer than expected to get the service up and running because the materials for the kiosk countertop were customized to match the interior of the new library. The curved terra cotta countertop is a special composite material, durable and resistant to stains, that DuCharme said is the first of its kind in the Midwest.

Moving beyond grief

It’s something that happens every day, but you rarely think about it until it happens to you. It’s the grief you experience from the loss of a loved one, and there are a number of misconceptions about it.

Ken Livingston, a social worker with Boone Hospital Home Care Hospice, said one of the main things people misunderstand about the grieving process is they think they are going crazy.

Education funds still divisive

JEFFERSON CITY — Partisan rancor marked Gov. Bob Holden’s State of the State Address on Wednesday, as his education, job and revenue plans all fell under heavy assault from Republican leadership.

The program he announced was essentially the same as the one he put forth last year, with a continued emphasis on a tax increase to help fund Missouri’s public schools.

State agency makes concessions on land-farm debate

JEFFERSON CITY - When the state Department of Natural Resources issued a permit in 2002 for a company to treat contaminated soil at a site near Millersburg in Callaway County, residents complained about a lack of public notice. In a hearing on Wednesday in the Capitol, an official with the state Department of Natural Resources acknowledged that public notification procedures need to be improved.

Philips plan draws further public comment

Plans to develop the controversial Philips tract continued to move through city bureaucracy, as the Columbia City Council heard public comment Tuesday night on a request to add the 489 acres to the city.

Developer Elvin Sapp wants to annex the property southeast of the city and rezone it for a mix of homes, businesses and office buildings. Annexation would allow the buildings on the property to use city sewers, water, police protection and other services. Taxes generated by development would also go to the city. If approved in its current form, the development would be the largest in Boone County history.

Gephardt’s departure doesn’t faze Boone County

A day after a poor showing in the Iowa primaries, Dick Gephardt withdrew his bid for the Democratic nomination Tuesday, freezing his Missouri supporters less than three weeks before the state’s primary election.

But in Boone County, where Gephardt led in fund-raising through 2003, some Democrats said they hardly batted an eye. They

Graham: Med school staying

Echoing campus and other leaders in the University of Missouri system, a state legislator said Tuesday that the MU School of Medicine is not going anywhere in the near future.

Rep. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, made the statement at a forum on the future of the medical school in the school’s Acuff Auditorium. Graham had requested the forum in October in the wake of offers that he said came from Kansas City to move the medical school there. At the time, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace, UM system President Elson Floyd and medical school Dean William Crist said the school would stay in Columbia.

Hopefuls enter House race

Local contests for Missouri House seats are heating up as two new candidates from Boone County enter the fray and ensure contested party primaries.

Ed Robb, 61, a former MU professor and economic analyst, will face off against fellow Republican Carole Iles in the now-necessary Aug. 3 primary for the 24th District seat. Daniel Graves has also formed a committee to explore a possible Republican bid, but has not made his candidacy official.

Mental health court workers head to school

Since last April, the Boone County Mental Health Court has heard more than a dozen cases involving mentally ill defendants who do not legally qualify as incompetent.

Next week, court personnel will receive their first training from the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 20 teams from mental health courts in 16 states will meet in Cincinnati to discuss what has and has not worked in their individual programs.

Man arrested on charge of parental kidnapping

A Columbia man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of parental kidnapping after his 3-month-old son and large amounts of food, money and clothing were taken from his family’s residence in the 6400 block of Gateway Drive, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Dallas Kintner, 27, surrendered to officials about 10:50 p.m. in the El Chaparral subdivision. His son, Landon, was with him and unharmed, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.

Girls program gives scouting makeover

This isn’t the old Girl Scouts, and Mom isn’t in charge anymore.

Research led by the Girl Scouts found that 11-to-17-year-olds believe the Girl Scout program is out-of-date and tailored to younger girls.

Study examines school violence

Every year, research is done on school violence, but a new MU comparative study discovered that schools might not be focusing on the correct risk factors.

Motoko Akiba, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at MU, recently completed a study that suggests in the United States higher- achieving male students tend to be the victims of school violence. But in other countries, lower-achieving males are more likely to be targeted. Akiba sampled 7,913 eighth-graders from the United States, 5,695 eighth-graders from Taiwan and 4,110 eighth-graders from Russia.

Democrats talk about Missourian’s next move

COLUMBIA — Rep. Dick Gephardt’s withdrawal from the presidential race means “Missouri is very much in play for the primaries,” Democratic Gov. Bob Holden said Tuesday.

Holden said he isn’t immediately switching to another candidate and might follow the lead of Gephardt, the St. Louis congressman who planned to formally end his second failed White House campaign a day after finishing a weak fourth in the Iowa caucuses.

Gephardt drops bid for nomination

ST. LOUIS — Dick Gephardt, the former House Democratic leader and 14-term congressman, said Tuesday he was abandoning his second bid for the presidency after a poor, fourth-place showing in the Iowa caucuses.

“I gave this campaign everything I had in me,” Gephardt told a news conference, his voice breaking at times. “Today, my pursuit of the presidency has reached its end. I’m withdrawing as a candidate and returning to private life after a long time in the warm light of public service.”

Stores limit access to cold meds

Making methamphetamine is much harder now than it was a year ago. As Columbia stores come into compliance with a new state law restricting sales of a key meth ingredient, cookers of the illicit drug are no longer able to easily stockpile the supplies they need.

Hy-Vee is the latest store to limit customer access to over-the-counter cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients in meth.

MU professor stood out in field of psychology

Robert Strongman Daniel died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at Lenoir Health Care Center. He was 90.

Dr. Daniel was an influential figure in teaching psychology. He was an MU professor emeritus of psychology and the founding editor of “Teaching of Psychology,” an academic journal.