A horse course

Columbia, a city known for its top journalism school, its low unemployment rate and its consistent rank ing as one of the most livable places in the country, is also home to a top equestrian program. Surprised?

The Equestrian Management Program offered by Stephens College boasts one of the most well-known programs in the United States, helped by having one of the oldest continuous riding clubs in the country, the Prince of Wales Club.

Conference promotes women's health

When former Democratic Texas Gov. Ann Richards noticed that the collars of her shirts no longer fit properly, she went to visit her doctor. She learned that her spine had compressed and she had lost a half-inch in height.

Suit aims to block gun law

JEFFERSON CITY — Opponents of Missouri’s new concealed-gun law are trying to shoot it down before it takes effect. They plan to file a lawsuit today claiming it violates the Missouri Constitution.

The lawsuit seeks both an injunction blocking the law from taking effect Saturday and a permanent declaration striking it down.

Davis out, Schwarzenegger in

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seething over taxes and red ink, voters dumped the unpopular Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with political novice Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood action star who now faces the colossal challenge he asked for: jump-starting California's flagging economy.

Davis, the Democrat who presided over California's economy as it careened from boom to bust, was recalled Tuesday less than a year into his second term. According to partial returns, more than 54 percent of voters called for his ouster.

How to obtain a permit to carry concealed weapons in Boone County

Information on how to get a concealed weapon once the new law goes into effect.

MU receives $10 million math grant

MU has been awarded a $10 million grant to find ways to improve math education across the country. The grant from the National Science Foundation will run over five years and will be used to fund a new Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum.

The center, scheduled to start operating in January at Townsend Hall, will have three goals, said Barbara Reys, professor of mathematics education and director of the center:

Winterize your home and garden early

Although warm weather has not fully turned its back on Missouri, now is the ideal time to prepare your home for the cold months ahead.

No complete background gun checks

Friends and family might be the only thing standing between mentally incompetent Missourians and a gun-carrying permit.

While the background check for Missouri’s new conceal-and-carry law provides a look into the applicant’s criminal history, there are a few items that won’t be checked.

Brown lawns still need care

As the leaves change color and begin to fall, many Columbians are more than ready to leave lawn care behind. However, experts say the next several weeks are actually the most important to resurrect and prepare your lawn for next year.

Tourists could bunk at old prison site

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Penitentiary, once home to the likes of gangster Pretty Boy Floyd and boxer Sonny Liston and one of the country’s longest-running gas chamber units, may be the state’s next tourist trap.

Three 250-room hotels are just a few of the amenities being proposed in the master plan for the 167-year-old complex, which will close in 2005.

Rediscovering classicists

Michele Ronnick’s loyalty to the late Meyer Reinhold — MU professor emeritus and, later, Ronnick’s Boston University dissertation adviser — caused her to bring her photo exhibition, “12 Black Classicists,” to MU on Tuesday.

A Haven for Hummingbirds

Troy Gordon has been interested in birds since his freshman year in college, when he took a trip to Squaw Creek National Refuge and saw his first eagle.

“I was just enthralled that you could see a real-life eagle out in the wild,” he said.

Council approves Wal-Mart plan

Another Wal-Mart is coming to town.

After tabling the issue three times in the past two months, the Columbia City Council voted 6-1 Monday to approve a rezoning that will put a new Wal-Mart Supercenter on the city’s south side. The 53-acre shopping plaza, along Grindstone Parkway, will include other commercial developments.

Rolling on the river

Each year, Steve Witzig anxiously awaits December, when the air is bitingly cold and the wind rips through Columbia. On icy winter weekends, Witzig gets out of bed and bundles himself in a thick sweater and his favorite pair of swim trunks. Witzig is going kayaking.

Witzig, an MU graduate student, started the MU Canoe and Kayak club, better known to members as MUCK, in 2001. The idea stemmed from the closure of the MU Wilderness Adventure Program, which had left more than a dozen canoes and kayaks sitting unused at the MU Student Recreation Center.

Gun law to bar names from public records

Missouri’s new concealed-gun law prohibits law enforcement from releasing the names of people with permits to carry hidden handguns, and Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm doesn’t like it.

“This is completely opposite of other laws that are on the books,” Boehm said. “If they’re going to open one up for public record, they need to open them all.”

Recall? What recall?

CALIFORNIA, Mo. — Political bus tours haven’t made their way here yet, and this town’s 20 churches have more clout than anything produced in Hollywood. The biggest political spat in this California is whether the new city hall should be built within city limits.

To residents of California, Mo., population 4,005, today’s recall vote on embattled California Gov. Gray Davis is a farce. It’s something they keep half an ear on — if that — and harumph when reporters come to call.

Population of deer creating concern in city

John George, a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, sees the overpopulation of Columbia’s urban deer population as something that can’t be ignored.

“There’s a trend here, and it’s not going away,” George said during a presentation he made to members of the Columbia City Council before its Monday meeting.

Feeding your nest egg

With the future of Social Security in doubt and company pensions becoming increasingly rare, many employers are taking a more active role in helping workers plan for retirement.

Even smaller companies are implementing savings programs, such as the 401(k). Savings programs allow employees to contribute to their own retirement funds, with some employers offering matching contributions.

Who does that job?

After working 39 years and three months as the Athletic Department’s food service manager, Charles Eubanks just cannot get enough of working around MU sports.

Eubanks, 66, now owns and operates Eubanks Cleaning Service, the company that cleans Memorial Stadium after all home football games; a job that Eubanks said has its game-time advantages amid the mess that is left behind.

Helicopter search yields no new leads

Investigators will meet this morning to decide whether to call off their search for a downed helicopter after spending more than two days combing for clues in soybean fields in western Boone County.

The search began Saturday night after an anguished caller told 911 dispatchers his helicopter, westbound from North Carolina, had crashed while carrying him and six other people.