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KQFX-TV rolls back news time

Starting this fall, mid-Missourians can watch their weeknight newscast at a new time and station with a new anchor. The local Fox affiliate, KQFX, plans to debut its first live newscast by late October at the 9 p.m. time slot.

The station joins more than 125 Fox affiliates across the country that broadcast their nightly news an hour ahead of the traditional networks.

Floyd affirms medical school is integral to MU

Less than a week after the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the sale of bonds to raise money for renovation at MU’s School of Medicine, UM system President Elson Floyd reaffirmed the importance of keeping the medical school in Columbia.

“It is essential that medical education and research remain an integral part of the University of Missouri-Columbia,” Floyd said in a statement released late Monday afternoon.

Former inmate lobbies against death penalty

Joseph Amrine is making good on his pledge to fight the death penalty in Missouri.

Starting his week-long speaking tour Monday in Columbia, Amrine appeared at a rally at MU’s Lowry Mall and urged the roughly 75 people attending to take a stand against capital punishment.

Healing for the heart

As a swimmer, Dongsheng Duan understands the importance of muscle strength. As a surgeon, he has seen patients suffer from muscle deterioration. As a researcher, Duan is seeking a cure for a particularly painful type of muscular dystrophy that strikes young boys.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy usually appears around age 3 and attacks the muscles in about one of every 3,000 boys. Its progression is more predictable than other forms of muscular dystrophy, at first affecting the voluntary and skeletal muscles in the arms, legs and trunk. By adolescence, heart and respiratory muscles begin to deteriorate. If the cardiac muscle is not strong enough to supply blood to the rest of the body, the patient’s life will be threatened. Not many patients survive past their 30th birthday.

Retiree’s ‘divine’ granola inspired a small business

David Prentice Allen is not on a mission from God. His intentions, though, are divine.

He moved to Columbia three years ago and decided last year to transform his favorite breakfast food — granola — into an entrepreneurial experiment.

Months after tornado, Stockton survives

On May 4, a town of 1,960 people in southwest Missouri

was leveled by a tornado. Almost as soon as its citizens

started digging out, they began asking, ‘Can we rebuild?’

Grindstone plan includes extra perks

A hiking trail. A 2-acre park. A recycling center. More than 40 acres of open space. A unique storm-water filtering system that would be the first of its kind in Columbia.

Those are just a few of the features developer Aspen Acquisitions has included in its plans in an effort to win approval of the 53-acre Grindstone Plaza development proposed for south Columbia.

Missouri earns ‘C’ at managing pain, regulating opioids

Missouri’s policies on pain management meet — but don’t yet beat — the national average, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Wisconsin. But a new council established this year by the Missouri General Assembly could change legislation that hinders patients’ access to drugs for chronic and acute pain.

Missouri earned a “C” overall for its policies on prescribing and regulating opioid drugs to control pain in a state-by-state evaluation that included the District of Columbia. That is up from a “D” in March 2000. No states scored an “A” or “F” overall.

Some catfish would get something of a reprieve

Since the late 1980s, anglers have taken an increasing interest in trying their luck at catching blue catfish and flatheads that can tip the scales at more than 100 pounds.

“Its quite a thrill catching a fish that big,” said Steve Eder, a fisheries official for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Victim awarded $5 million

Head down, short brown hair falling in her eyes, Kelly Pope sat in the witness stand of a Boone County courtroom last week. She stared at a spot between her feet and relived the worst years of her life. “I would look at the sun coming in through the window,” she said finally, “and hope that someone would come protect me from these things I didn’t ask for or deserve. I wished that God or someone would come in there and say, ‘Stop.’ ”

A few feet away, Lester Pope, seated at a table with his attorney, listened with no apparent emotion as his adopted daughter repeated the testimony that helped send him to prison in 1990.

Kemper lease proposed

The Friends of Kemper Foundation announced plans for leasing the Kemper Military School in Boonville. If the plan is accepted by the city of Boonville, the foundation hopes to reopen the school within the next two years.

The plan to lease, not buy, the school was announced at an alumni association banquet Saturday night. Steve Read, chairman of the foundation, said, “We feel the city is behind us. It’s our general impression that everyone wants to see Kemper reopen.”

MU fund raiser more than halfway to goal

When the “For All We Call Mizzou” fund-raising campaign officially went public on Friday, MU had raised more than 50 percent of its $600 million goal.

David Housh, vice chancellor of development and alumni relations, announced the totals at an opening reception in Jesse Auditorium — an event packed with alumni, donors and guests. The goal is to raise $600 million for MU by the end of 2005.

A wide gulf

Wendy Malmberg had been looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with her husband, an Army reservist serving in Iraq.

1st Lt. Jay Malmberg with the 352nd Civil Affairs Command has been separated from his family since last December.

Fall brings sewer line intrusions

Autumn is a time for football, fallen leaves, and in some older Boone County homes, a tree root clogging the sewer line.

Fixing the problem is, at minimum, a messy nuisance, but in worst-case scenarios can cost hundreds of dollars.

Outlook drab for autumn’s leaf viewing

As if the summer drought wasn’t hard enough on crops and people, now it looks as if Missouri’s fall foliage will be on the drab side.

“The dry conditions won’t help the fall color. Trees have been losing leaves already and will continue to do so before they have the opportunity to change color,” said Ann Koenig, an urban forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The spirit of survival

Young cancer survivors and their families cheered from their reserved seats near the end zone as cannons fired in celebration of MU’s first touchdown. On Saturday, these children didn’t worry about fighting disease. Their concern was another type of battle: MU vs. Middle Tennessee State University.

Before the game, families convened outside the Veteran’s Administration Hospital to attend the third annual Childhood Cancer Awareness MU tailgate party. The barbeque and other activities were organized by Children’s Hospital to recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Awkward memories of church

It seems that the most embarrassing times in my life have been at church. I spent eight years being taught by nuns in parochial schools, and daily Mass was mandatory. Back then, females had to cover their heads when entering the church. I can remember on more than one occasion forgetting to bring the standard-issue beanie that matched my navy blue uniform. And although I never found in any of the commandments that forgetting your beanie was a sin, I think the nuns had their own set of rules that they learned in the convent. There would be one nun stationed in the back of church on the lookout for little girls with bare heads. She would spring from her seat in the last pew and grab me shaking her head. Then sighing she would produce a Kleenex from her pocket and attach it to my head with a bobby pin.

Children who were late for Mass were relegated to the back pews. On one of the many occasions that I was stuck in the back of church, I was joined by another child who was also a latecomer. For some reason, the sergeant-of-arms nun had vacated her post. The two of us started talking and giggling. It was not easy to pay attention. Mass was said in Latin in the 1950s, and I only knew a few words. Back then the priest said Mass with his back turned to the congregation, so our antics went unnoticed.

Creative cacophony

Crammed in a hallway between painted white brick walls, the Columbia Shape-Note Singers sit in a traditional hollow square shape, facing each other, and belt out their parts, trying to listen to others and harmonize. They are trebles, altos, tenors and basses but both women and men sing treble and tenor, so the double octave produces the effect of six parts. Usually the group practices upstairs at Trinity Presbyterian Church but tonight they’ve been booted for a meeting. So they make do with the hallway’s odd acoustics and the fact their two tenors are missing.

  Penny and Lou Kujawinski have been members seven years, but the group was formed earlier. They think Columbia Shape-Note Singers is ten years old — it’s therefore considered a young group. Shape note singing began in the Northeast and at one time was national. It died out as a result of the “Better Music Movement” and was only preserved in the South. Now the music and singing groups are again nationwide. The local group has 10 members and is always looking for new people.

Double standards

On July 1, Wanda Saunders stared out the window of her apartment as uniformed men with German shepherds went door-to-door at Columbia Square Apartments. Saunders wasn’t sure what the men were up to, but since they didn’t come to her door she went back to watching TV.

When Saunders later found out the men and dogs were conducting random drug searches of the property, she saw it as just one more intrusion into the lives of Columbia Square residents by Yarco, the private, Kansas-City-based management company that took over the federally subsidized 128-unit complex at 1801 W. Worley St. two years ago.

Groups debate Kemper’s fate

A group dedicated to Kemper Military School in Boonville has begun discussions that could lead to the school’s reopening.

In a closed session Thursday night, the Friends of Kemper Foundation met with Boonville’s Industrial Development Authority to discuss the future of the school, which was founded in 1844.

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