Troy man hurt in duck hunting accident

A Troy man injured in a hunting accident Tuesday morning remained in good condition Tuesday afternoon at University Hospital.

“The victim was very lucky,” said Brian Flowers, a hunting incident investigator with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

HIV/AIDS education focuses on Hispanics

Once a week, a carload of construction workers pulls up to Centro Latino de Salud and dispatches a man to pick up a supply of condoms for the crew.

Since Centro Latino, in Parkade Plaza on Business Loop 70 West, opened three years ago, it has given away thousands of free contraceptives. But center director Eduardo Crespi knows that, with the rate of HIV infection increasing most rapidly among minorities, it’s only the first step in educating Columbia’s Hispanic population about AIDS.

City considers new alcohol programs

In response to recent Missouri Division of Liquor Control budget cuts, Columbia is considering adopting new programs for alcohol enforcement, including creating an independent liquor control board. These issues were discussed at the City Council meeting Monday night.

The Division of Liquor Control reduced its number of field agents this year from 80 to 54. Special Agent Bill Alton is the only field agent overseeing Boone and five surrounding counties. Working out of his home in Moberly, Alton is in charge of an area that has 500 licensed premises that serve alcohol.

MU student, 19, dies in car wreck in rain on Interstate 70

Michael Clements will miss his friend Katie Odle at Shakespeare’s for Monday afternoon pizza.

This Monday, he sat at a table with friends Sammy Miles, Stephanie Arage, Chris Berg and Sheena Martin between classes, sipping a soda, sharing a pizza and talking about her.

Cuts again in store for Columbia’s teachers

For the second year in a row, teachers will be cut from the Columbia Public School District. But exactly how many and from which schools are months away from being determined.

With an extremely early estimate of a $12.1 million shortfall for the 2004-05 school budget, a cut of more than 250 teachers is possible. In budget discussions, Jacque Cowherd, deputy superintendent for administration, is using the estimate of about 23 full-time employees per $1 million.

Columbia College receives challenge gift

Columbia College is $300,000 closer to paying for the new Atkins-Holman Student Commons, thanks to a challenge gift from 1954 alumna Mary Agnes McQuinn.

McQuinn and her husband, Al McQuinn, have pledged to match 100 percent of every gift for the student commons — up to $300,000 — from now through September 2004. That means the college could get $600,000.

Ho Ho-hum

Columbia residents are only beginning to think about Thanksgiving turkeys, but local retailers are already getting ready for the Christmas shopping rush.

Holiday sales are expected to increase 5.7 percent this year to $217.4 billion, which would represent the largest increase since 1999, according to the National Retail Federation. Despite the high expectations, however, many local retailers say they’re doing nothing different from last year.

Reserving his place

Mike Shipp no longer worries about sand creeping into the pockets of his white doctor’s coat, but evidence of his recent military service in the Middle East — a splash of freckles across his nose — remains.

A physician’s assistant in University Hospital’s emergency room, Shipp is also a captain in Missouri’s Army National Guard. From December 2002 to early June 2003, he served in Qatar with the 205th Area Support Medical Company of Kansas City. While he said it was difficult to leave his family for Operation Enduring Freedom, he didn’t worry about leaving his job.

Saving a piece of history

Last summer, Debbie Sheals embarked on an ambitious task. Going from one address to another, she researched the architectural history of almost every building in Columbia’s Special Business District.

The result is a richly detailed report that could eventually put several dozen downtown buildings on the list of America’s most important cultural resources — the National Register of Historic Places.

The North Ninth Street Historic District could join National Register of Historic Places.

Seven buildings in a single block in downtown Columbia could soon be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The buildings, known collectively as the “North Ninth Street Historic District,” will be considered this month by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for nomination to the register, a listing of the nation’s historic and archaeological resources.

A century of learning

Wearing a white suit, fake moustache and glasses, the hunched man wobbled into the gymnasium.

“Do you know who our special guest is?” Principal Mary Sue Gibson asked the students of Robert E. Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School on Friday morning.

A collection of counter culture

Wayne Penney will be the first to acknowledge that he doesn’t quite look like somebody who would manage a store like Sunshine Daydream Imports.

The former military man, with short brown hair and a brown mustache, owns what he calls a “hippie store” in downtown Columbia; Sunshine Daydream Imports at 812 E. Broadway.

Workers without insurance on the rise

The number of Missourians who had no health insurance in 2002 rose to almost 650,000, many of whom lacked coverage because they also lacked a job.

But more and more, even Missourians who are working are likely to be without health insurance.

Drug paraphernalia laws come under fire

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a bong may still be illegal, regardless of its contents.

Recent sting operations by the Department of Justice, under the direction of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, have targeted regional retail shops in Pennsylvania and Iowa along with manufacturers and national distributors in California and elsewhere for the sale of drug paraphernalia. Although targeted largely at online retailers, the enforcement and prosecution of federal drug paraphernalia law in those cases — code-named Operation Pipe Dreams and Operation Headhunter — are cause for concern for local shops selling “smoking accessories.”

Eating-habits study leads to deeper issue

I would doubt that it came as a surprise to anyone that a study commissioned by Gerber Products Co. found that a lot of American infants were pigging out on candy, pizza and a mega-smorgasbord of sugary, salty, fat fast–foods instead of mother’s milk and baby formula. Parenting has changed so much over the last few decades that the fact that infants are being fed like adults is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

A scant 30 years ago, new mothers remained in the hospital for at least three days following the birthing experience. At least they had breathing time to recuperate from the experience before they had to assume the responsibility of caring for the baby. If they had to return to work, there was usually a family member, neighbor or friend to look after the infant.

Managed care merger would affect 1.4 million Missourians

JEFFERSON CITY — The announcement of the $16.4 billion merger between managed care providers Anthem Inc. and WellPoint Health Networks Inc. last week comes at a time when the Missouri Chamber of Commerce says businesses throughout the state are concerned about rising premiums and the availability of health insurance plan alternatives.

“It’s one of the highest priorities our employers have right now — especially the small businesses, which make up most of our membership,” said Missouri Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Karen Buschmann.

Fulton baby dies; sitter found dead

Thirteen-month-old Colin Chaney died Thursday after being admitted to an area hospital Tuesday for treatment of injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome, officials say.

Standing up for schools

JEFFERSON CITY — The lawyer whose efforts led to the largest tax increase in Missouri history sits behind stacks of paper, organized in a way that only he understands. He is serious, reserved, rehearsed. He is unknown to most Missourians, yet few people have had more impact on education in Missouri.

Alex Bartlett is getting his ducks in a row to once again contest the constitutionality of education funding in Missouri.

Districts resist budget lawsuit

JEFFERSON CITY — Not all Missouri school districts have rallied around the idea of suing the state for not fully funding public education. School officials from the wealthiest districts in Missouri fear that a successful suit could leave their districts hurting for funds.

Some superintendents of so-called “hold-harmless” school districts have cautioned their boards of education not to join in the suit.

Mourners recall Stephens coed

Members of the Stephens College community gathered Friday in Searcy Hall to grieve and remember their friend and fellow student, Melissa Howland.

Howland, 18, was killed in a car crash at 4:40 p.m. Thursday on Route WW just east of Columbia’s city limits. Howland was a freshman majoring in English at Stephens. Friends said that because she was a member of a close-knit living-learning community in Searcy Hall, her death had a major impact on people she’d known for only a few months.