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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.

Arena whistles while they work

Jim Henley has worked in construction for 25 years and says he’s never heard anything like it.

The construction project manager for MU came to work Monday morning on the new MU basketball arena prepared for the usual sounds of gravel crunching under tire wheels and the roar of truck engines. He never expected an industrial symphony.

Ticket trouble

When a family emergency kept MU senior Nick Ziegler commuting between Columbia and his hometown of Kansas City last month, the last thing on his mind was the coming MU men’s basketball game against Kansas.

After his family issues were resolved, Ziegler returned to Columbia on Feb. 20 and went to the Hearnes Center to pick up a ticket to the KU game as part of the All Sports Pass he bought at the beginning of the school year. But Ziegler’s student ticket, along with 2,099 others, had been sold to the general public.

Funds aid nutrition program

MU’s Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program has received the largest grant in its 10-year history from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

The grant, which is contingent upon matching funds from MU, will give the program $5.8 million this year and can be renewed for an additional four years.

Price of finale tickets is dear

Greg Winscott, who works in the ticket office at the Hearnes Center, has been doing his share of apologizing lately.

The calls keep coming from fans in search of the hottest ticket in town: the last men’s basketball game in the Hearnes Center on Sunday against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Inside Job

Abercrombie & Fitch’s shrink rate, or level of lost inventory, is usually below three. A few years ago, one store’s rate mysteriously sky-rocketed to 12.

Was it customer shoplifting? A clerical error?

Inside Sports shields athletic practice from non-suitable weather

Negative temperatures in the winter and heat waves in the summer can cause dedicated athletes to seek an indoor sports facility to train year-round.

Inside Sports provides just that, offering an indoor training and a practice facility that includes clinics and instructional opportunities with professional athletes. While the center emphasizes baseball and softball services, it also has instructors on hand for a variety of other sports.

Trout season opens

MU student Andrew Hippert still recalls the first time he went fishing for trout.

"I remember when I was about three years old, and I went with my grandfather to fish for my first time at Tilles Park in Brentwood," said Hippert, a parks, recreation and tourism major.

Arrest made in jewelry forgeries

E.J. Silverbrooke & Co., a wholesale imported jewelry store, sits in the corner of a blue-gray office building on Vandiver Drive.

The store’s owner, a former minister named Tim Meyers, is described by family members and former employees as devoutly religious and a loyal family man who named his business after his three children: Evan, Joel and Emilie Brooke. Those who know Meyers say he’s not the kind of man who would knowingly commit a crime.

Schools keep an eye on reserves

Stashed away in a school district’s annual budget is a fund that, ideally, should never be touched.

That fund, known as a district’s reserves, is designed to help a public school district survive a year, or maybe two or three, of financial difficulty.

End date for MU basketball investigation pushed back

With a few loose ends still needing to be tied up, the target date for completing an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct within MU’s men’s basketball program continues to get pushed back.

MU Professor Michael Devaney, who was appointed by UM President Elson Floyd in August to lead a five-member team to investigate alleged violations, said he had hoped to conclude the “active discovery phase” of the inquiry before the end of February.

College sports come under strict scrutiny

From Florida to Colorado, college sports in the last year have endured a wave of scandals, including allegations of rape, drug abuse and violence.

The scandals are prompting the NCAA to form a task force to develop stricter rules. The association’s president, Myles Brand, announced last month that the new task force will look for ways to prevent recruiting scandals.

‘Return of the King’ runs rings round Oscar rivals

LOS ANGELES — “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won a record-tying 11 Academy Awards on Sunday, including best picture and director and becoming the first fantasy to win the top Oscar.

In the acting categories, all the winners took home their first Oscars: Charlize Theron won best actress for her transformative performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster,” and Sean Penn was named best actor for playing a vengeful ex-hoodlum who falls back on his criminal ways in “Mystic River.”

MU planning to add shuttle buses in fall

As soon as the two buses arrive at Brady Commons, waves of students hitching a ride from parking lots on the fringe of the MU campus get off and rush to class.

“Today the situation is not so bad,” said James Whitaker, 21, a junior in political science. “The buses do get very crowded at times, and you have to wait for another 20 minutes to get on the next one. Some days, you have to be there at least 30 to 45 minutes before class.”

CD-ROM aims to stop eating disorders

Jen has the photo of a slim bikini model taped to her refrigerator door as a reminder that she should stop eating.

Every time she is stressed or angry, Jen turns to food. This tendency creates a snowball effect that pushes her to either starve or purge her meals by forced vomiting to keep her waistline small.

Economy taking toll on U.S. society

Those who use the stock market as a barometer to test the economy for signs of recovery are jubilant. Those who use the job market as their measuring tool are depressed. Some of us are wondering if these two segments of the population will ever find common ground again.

It’s perfectly understandable why we don’t feel that we are all in this economic morass together. If you happen to tune in on business news and view most of these experts on the economy, you can quickly observe their smugness and arrogance, as if they are looking down their noses at viewers who don’t seem to be able to get it through their heads that this slump is practically over and we’re all going to be home free. You can easily get the impression that being out of work at the very moment when they are putting forth their theory is downright un-American. While these folks are contending that as many jobs are being brought into the country as are being sent out, they are having a problem getting unemployed workers to believe it. Others seem to take offense that some folks are not interested in training for jobs that no longer exist in America. And while it’s certainly possible that the free market will create millions of new jobs, most folks won’t believe it until they see it. In other words, not only are many of us not on the same page, we’re not even reading out of the same book.

New Sunday

DEAR READER,

Please doodle. Inside today’s Missourian you’ll find an insert with something editors generally don’t allow — blank pages.

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