House fire kills woman

The first time employees at the Humane Society of Central Missouri heard of Elouise Sipe was when they received a call Wednesday from a woman who had bought a puppy from her. The caller said her puppy died shortly after she made the purchase.

When a Humane Society investigator went to Sipe’s rural residence later that day, they found dozens of dogs with no water, not enough food and minimal shelter.

Initial talks on merger concluded

Northwest Missouri State University is one big step closer to becoming the fifth campus of the University of Missouri system.

On Thursday, the UM system Board of Curators approved a 15-point memorandum of understanding addressing some of the concerns related to bringing the Maryville school into the system. The UM system currently has four campuses — Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis.

$200 million name deal rejected

JEFFERSON CITY — A deal that would give the University of Missouri system roughly $200 million for building construction fell through Thursday morning on a technical ruling.

Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, attempted to strike a deal Wednesday night that would have given UM roughly $200 million to help finance the construction of a hotel, convention center and performing arts center on the MU campus.

Detective plans to quit

Boone County Sheriff’s Detective Ken Kreigh has accused Sheriff Ted Boehm of “political subterfuge” related to an investigation of an October drug bust and said he plans to resign from the department.

Kreigh, who announced his candidacy for Boone County Sheriff last September, claimed Thursday that Boehm went against departmental policy when he convened an outside review panel to investigate an Oct. 23, 2003, drug operation.

Subdivision proposal raises concerns

Plans for a 940-home subdivision and golf course east of Columbia are taking shape, and a representative for developer Billy Sapp said neighbors will get to see drawings of the proposed development within the next few weeks.

Sapp spokesman Don Stamper said the project will have a “country club feel” and a mixture of single-family homes and condominiums.

Chasing Kerry, Dean takes on role of aggressor

Howard Dean supporters in central Missouri will finally get to rally for their candidate as the Vermont Governor will make a brief appearance in the St. Louis area today.

Mid-Missouri Dean campaign organizers said about 22 volunteers from Columbia and Jefferson City will attend a 2:30 p.m. town hall meeting at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Dean will participate in the event.

MLK views frame events

The Rev. Martin Luther King began his quest for civil rights for all Americans a half century ago. This week, MU is revisiting King’s legacy and discussing his past and future influence on American public policy.

On Thursday, MU hosted two events that focused on education and public policy. The Rev. L. Charles Stovall, a former King colleague and United Methodist Church leader from Texas, played a key role in both presentations.

Construction stops due to pollution fear

Twenty-two developments — including a Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for south Columbia — are on hold while the state sits on land-disturbance permits out of fear the projects could further pollute Hinkson Creek.

Hinkson Creek has been considered impaired by unknown pollutants since 1998 by the Environmental Protection Agency. While construction in the watershed has continued unabated until now, officials with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are worried that further development could compromise the creek. Until a solution is found, land-disturbance permits are on hold.

Review clears Harvey

MU athletic department officials said Thursday that an internal review has found no evidence that Tony Harvey, assistant head coach, broke university rules by trading football and men’s basketball tickets for painting work on his house.

“We have reviewed the situation and we’ve found nothing to substantiate any of the allegations (against Tony Harvey),” said Tim Hickman, associate athletic director of business operations. “We reviewed ticket requests plus what employees purchased. I know he’s bought both football and basketball tickets.”

Festival for goddess of art

There is no formal Hindu temple in Columbia where Hariprasad Trivedi can take his 9-year-old son Aditya to learn about his religion and culture.

However, on Saturday the Knights of Columbus Hall will be transformed into a place of learning, worship and celebration that mirrors the temples of Trivedi’s native India.

Faulty wiring linked to Sturgeon fire

Investigators believe that a fire that severely damaged a Sturgeon home Thursday morning started in the ceiling and was probably caused by faulty electrical wiring.

Firefighters with the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to the blaze, at 411 W. Canada St., at around 10 a.m. The fire was under control in about 35 minutes, said Rob Brown, chief of staff for the fire protection district.

Wheels roll on in bad weather

The roads may be clear, but slick sidewalks and driveways were a challenge to navigate Thursday as volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program made their rounds.

In the morning, when the temperature remained below 20 degrees, Cherie Campbell picked up four hot meals going to Meals on Wheels clients and set off on her route.

Loosening stress' grip

Lania Knight used to feel powerless over the stress in her life.

Her busy schedule as an MU graduate student, graduate instructor, writer and mother was the main contributor to her stress. Then Knight began to experience trouble sleeping. She would toss and turn at night.

Muslims observe Celebration of Sacrifice

Sunday marks the end of a holy time in the Islamic faith. Muslims all over the world are taking part in the celebration of Eid al Adha, a festival that commemorates the sacrifices and hardships faced by the prophet Abraham.

Heart Fair will offer free health exams

Boone Hospital will hold the third edition of the Heart Fair on Feb. 5, during which community members can receive four free screening exams, such as glucose and total cholesterol screening, blood pressure check and Body Mass Index calculation.

A historic future

There’s been talk for several years in Hartsburg about creating land-use guidelines for the small town in the Missouri River bottoms.

“Things don’t happen very fast in Hartsburg,” said Jeff Kays, a lawyer who lives in the town of just more than 100 people.

Filibuster centers on renaming

JEFFERSON CITY — The University of Missouri system could gain roughly $190 million under an agreement between two top state senators.

The agreement, still being discussed, was brokered after a six-hour filibuster by Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau.

Wal-Mart traffic worries neighbors

When Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School opened its doors in the Park De Ville neighborhood in fall 2002, the area was a quiet, residential section of Columbia.

That’s changing quickly.

Democrats swarm into Missouri

ST. LOUIS — Almost immediately after Tuesday’s primary election wrapped up in New Hampshire, three candidates for the Democratic nomination flew to St. Louis on Wednesday, underscoring Missouri’s importance in the Feb. 3 primaries.

John Kerry came into St. Louis as the front-runner Wednesday evening in his last-minute campaign rally here, showcasing powerful endorsements and slanting his speech against President Bush and toward his own electability.

A grant to grow

After three years of hard work, La Escuela Latina, a consolidation of Centro Latino’s eight education programs, is coming to fruition.

Currently, the programs are run in a room flanked on one side by a row of computers and on the other side by two folding tables. The free space in the room is not much wider than an average hallway.