Hunter gathering

With the deer hunting season officially over, hunters gathered at the 16th Annual Missouri Deer Classic to extend the season by comparing trophies and techniques.

Continuing today, it features seminars and more than 200 exhibits, including trophy and taxidermy displays, hunting equipment and apparel, a kid’s archery range and a pellet rifle range.

Center promotes religious diversity awareness

For a Muslim woman, a routine visit to a doctor or a stay at a hospital can become an unpleasant ordeal if the physician treating her is unfamiliar with the customs of Islam.

A request for a nurse to point out the direction of Mecca could be dismissed as the effect of painkillers.

Mo. guard to serve across United States

More National Guard members are being deployed to active duty, but they’re not going to Iraq.

Three units of the Missouri National Guard, totaling about 170 soldiers, will be deployed this weekend to various locations in the United States.

New laundry agitates some residents

Last summer, Kathy Williams sat outside watching construction begin on a new laundry facility across the street, something she said would make her life easier.

Six months later, she now finders herself wiping the top of a shiny white front-load washing machine with a stainless-steel industrial dryer spinning behind her. A Columbia Housing Authority resident, she has been hired part time to keep up the building.

Three found dead in home

Two women and a 10-year-old girl were found dead in their beds in a northwest Columbia home Wednesday night, the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Evidence at the scene clearly indicated that carbon monoxide poisoning caused the deaths,” said Sgt. Steven Monticelli of the Columbia Police Department. “We have questions that we’re still getting answers to before we can make a final ruling on whether it’s a homicide or accidental.”

From sidelines to the spotlight

JEFFERSON CITY — Pete Adkins, legendary high school football coach. Melissa Etheridge, Grammy award-winning musician. Two paths that seemingly would never cross, but they have in Etheridge’s newest music video.

Adkins coached the Jefferson City Jays football team from 1958 to 1994, racking up the highest winning percentage in history for a high school football coach in the United States, with a final record of 405-60-4. When Etheridge began the process of figuring out a concept for her latest single, “Breathe,” she had football on her mind.

Iraqi uses talents to aid his homeland

Sewage floods the streets as Rahim AlHaj struggles to walk through the filth and stench in a ruined neighborhood southeast of Baghdad. These are the same streets where he used to play as a child.

“I was heartbroken,” said AlHaj in a phone interview. “Kids don’t even have a place to play outside.”

Bombings stun Spain

MADRID, Spain — In the most devastating terrorist attack in Spanish history, 10 bombs that detonated minutes apart ripped through crowded commuter trains at three Madrid stations early Thursday, killing nearly 200 people, wounding 1,400 and sending the capital into convulsions of shock and horror three days before a national election.

Authorities immediately blamed the Basque separatist group ETA for the deadliest wave of terrorism seen in Europe in almost two decades. But the scale of carnage went far beyond anything the separatists had ever carried out and led to speculation that other groups might be responsible.

Spain’s tragedy hits home

The Spanish community in Columbia was in shock Thursday after learning that terrorists had blown up three trains in Madrid killing more than 190 people.

Arturo Guillen Moreno, an MU doctoral student in computer sciences from Madrid, was listening to the radio Wednesday night when he first heard.

Suspects arraigned in local slaying

Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane said he will wait until the preliminary hearing to decide whether or not to seek the death penalty for Ryan William Ferguson, one of the two suspects charged in the murder of former Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

Ferguson, 19, and Charles Timothy Erickson, 19, were arraigned Thursday in Boone County Circuit Court by video link from the Boone County Jail, where they are being held without bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 30, when the men will have an opportunity to enter a plea.

Timeline of events since Heitholt’s death

Nov. 1, 2001

Deaths ruled accidental

After the Medical Examiner's Office found signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, Columbia Police have classified the death of three women found Wednesday night as accidental.

3 people found dead in northwest Columbia

Three people were found dead last night in northwest Columbia. The cause of death was unknown as of 9 a.m. Thursday, and Columbia Police have turned the investigation over to the Major Crimes Unit.

A relative called police at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday because she was concerned about her sister and her niece who had missed work and school respectively. Police found the sister, 34, and her daughter, 10, dead at the home. The female owner of the residence, 71, was also found dead.

Teens charged in '01 killing

Since Kent Heitholt was murdered on Nov. 1, 2001, in what detectives described as a “sloppy crime,” Columbia police have followed hundreds of leads, coming up empty handed at each turn.

Until now.

Permits for guns nearing reality

Residents of Boone County will be able to apply for concealed-gun permits through the Ashland or Hallsville police departments under agreements being finalized with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm said he expects the agreements with Hallsville and Ashland police to be finalized soon and the issuing of permits to begin May 1.

Radio consolidation hits home

Last July, at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on media ownership, Arizona Sen. John McCain questioned Cumulus Media Inc.’s president Lewis Dickey about the company’s decision to ban the Dixie Chicks from its 50 country radio stations.

“This is remarkable,” McCain said to Dickey on July 9. “You restrained their trade because they exercised their free speech.”

Bond bill delayed in committee

JEFFERSON CITY — Amid accusations of regional divisiveness and pork-barrel politics, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday delayed action on a bond aimed at higher education construction projects by at least two weeks.

Most of the projects in the now $350 million bond bill directly involve University of Missouri system campuses.

Poor miss out on food aid

Many low-income households do not take full advantage of food assistance available to them in their communities, according to a new study conducted by two MU researchers.

The study, conducted in the Kansas City metropolitan area from 1998 to 2001, indicates that although many low-income households qualify for both federal and private food assistance, few use both simultaneously.

Trial team heads to nationals

It was not Professor Plum in the billiard room with the candlestick this time, but rather Michael Harmon in the ice arena with a hockey stick.

Harmon, a pro hockey player, was angry in the days leading up to playoff game in which he would face rival player and rising star Tony Sturmanis, the same man he had learned was having an affair with his wife.

State leaders struggle to find funding for waste cleanup

Looking out for Missouri’s environmental health is a contact sport, especially in the case of hazardous waste cleanup.

Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources last year worried that the fees they collect to cover the state’s share of cleanup costs would go the way of the dinosaur — like the newly expired waste-tire collection fee did earlier this week. Their concern centered around debate within the legislature about how to most equitably assess the waste-disposal fees.