Contract violations force STRIPES to relocate

Since early July, all the phones, furniture, file cabinets and even a big-screen television belonging to Supportive Tigers in Pursuit of Ensuring Safety have sat in limbo, unused in assistant director Melanie Lambert’s garage.

“I didn’t expect everything to be here for so long,” she said.

Audits reveal Mo. school expenses

Columbia public schools spent more than half a million dollars on staff and administrative travel expenses during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, according to a state auditor’s report released Wednesday.

Twilight Festival kicks off tonight

Downtown Columbia will be dancing tonight to the Swing’n Axes as the band performs in Courthouse Square to begin the September Twilight Festival.

Sheriff hopes to find good Samaritans

Sheriff hopes to find good Samaritans

After an attempted abduction of a 45-year-old woman Friday morning, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department wants to talk to a man and woman who might have helped change a tire for the victim.

Court upholds rape case’s dismissals

The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the 2000 dismissal of MU and the Delta Tau Delta fraternity from a lawsuit by a former MU student who said she was raped in the fraternity’s annex.

In its ruling Wednesday, the Eighth Circuit Court wrote that neither MU nor the fraternity “owned, possessed or controlled” the premises where the alleged assault took place. Further, the court found no fault with MU’s handling of the situation and that Emilie Ostrander failed to show that university officials had displayed “deliberate indifference” to her claims that she had been raped.

Council discusses airport, Wal-Mart

Two of the largest proposed Columbia developments in recent memory appeared on the agenda of the Columbia City Council Tuesday night: one was tabled, and the council took a small step toward further study of the other.

The council also debated the fate the Columbia Regional Airport's early-morning and late-night flights.

Jacob to seek state’s No. 2 post

JEFFERSON CITY — Two Democrats are jumping into the suddenly open contest for Missouri lieutenant governor: former Secretary of State Bekki Cook and Senate Minority Leader Ken Jacob.

Both decided to run less than a week after Democratic Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell said he wouldn’t seek a second term next year because of his wife’s poor health.

Federal standard not met on MAP

More than half of Columbia’s public schools failed to meet academic standards set forth under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to figures released Tuesday.

That’s because of tougher testing and higher proficiency standards in Missouri, said Skip Deming, assistant superintendent for the Columbia Public Schools.

One year on the books

When the new Columbia Public Library opened a year ago today, the staff expected a surge of interest — and they got it.

“That initial rush was kind of like being at McDonald’s when the school bus comes in — only on a larger scale,” library spokeswoman Kris Farris said. “We all just had to kind of come together and say, ‘How do we get this done?’ ”

Murderer’s sentence of death in question

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars the execution of mentally retarded people, Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane will continue to seek the death penalty for Ernest Lee Johnson, convicted of murdering three people at a local Casey’s General Store in 1994.

After a hearing Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court, Judge Gene Hamilton is expected to order a new penalty phase for Johnson later this week. The new jury, which will be the third to hear the facts of Johnson’s case, will only decide whether he should be executed.

City sets records for utility use

Driven by lawn sprinklers and air conditioners, Columbia set separate records in the month of August for the use of water and electricity.

Columbians used 571 million gallons of water during August, setting a new record for water consumption in a single month since such record-keeping began in 1972.

Woman gets five years in statutory rape case

A 20-year-old Columbia woman was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree statutory rape.

Courtney Ann Snyder was charged with repeated sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy between July and October 2002. The boy, a neighbor identified as B.H., sometimes baby-sat for Snyder’s son, who is now 2 years old.

Terrier rescued from house fire

Tkachuk, a 11/2-year-old north highlands terrier, was rescued Tuesday evening after his home in the 2600 block of Quail Drive caught fire.

His owner, Mike Brinker, an assistant manager at McDonald’s, came home from work about 5:45 p.m. and smelled smoke near his duplex. He didn’t know the fire was in his home until he opened the front door and smoke began to billow out, he said.

Boone County prime for mosquito breeding

Heavy rain and mild temperatures during the Labor Day weekend probably will cause Boone County’s mosquito population to mushroom this month, putting local residents in greater danger of contracting the West Nile Virus.

Waiting for takeoff

Early-morning and late-evening flights out of Columbia Regional Airport could continue beyond Nov. 1 if the Columbia City Council agrees tonight to help Trans-States Airlines cover the costs.

Trans-States, the airport’s only service provider and an American Connections affiliate, told the city earlier this summer that it would drop its number of daily round-trip flights out of Columbia from five to two. The reduction, it said, was necessary after American Airlines announced it would cut its St. Louis departures from 417 per day to 207.

Rain brings little relief

KANSAS CITY — The rain that soaked much of Kansas and Missouri in recent days made farmers happy, but most agreed that it was unlikely to save crops damaged by the lengthy drought.

“The abundant amount of rainfall will provide short-term relief for the drought-stricken areas,” said Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. “Unfortunately, it won’t end the drought. It would take months of abundant rainfall to recharge the subsoil layer.”

Man dies in hospital following hit-and-run

A suspect in a hit-and-run accident could face manslaughter charges after the death Sunday of the victim, a 73-year-old Columbia man.

Billy Ray McKinney was injured around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 23 when an SUV struck his vehicle, which had broken down on Hanover Boulevard, north of Clark Lane. Later that day, Anthony E. Hulen, 28, turned himself in to the police and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Hulen posted a $5,785 bond and was released from jail Aug. 24.

MU grad is among journalism medalists

The sense of power in shaping the news and the satisfaction of providing a service to the public was enough for Jim Ellis, chief of correspondents for BusinessWeek magazine, to get started in journalism.

Ellis is one of six recipients of this year’s Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, to be awarded Friday at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Reviving history

Bob Bauer has always had an interest in doing things the old way. Known as Dragonfly, Bauer embraces every aspect of his Native American heritage and the history of his ancestors. Cutting firewood and carrying fresh water from the spring were among his daily chores while he grew up in a log cabin. Today, authenticity remains his forte.

Dragonfly showed up Monday at Boone’s Lick State Historic Site for the Boonslick Folk Festival dressed as a longhunter or trapper, who, like Daniel Boone, spent long periods of time in the wilderness.

School for Deaf relieved at cuts

At a time when budget cuts have left many public schools struggling, the superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf has reason to feel grateful.

“We are delighted that it was not any more,” Barbara Garrison said. “We were dealing with the possibility of much more severe cuts.”