News for Saturday, May 14, 2011

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Your Opinion: Photo reflects threat to Adrian's Island

Build up Adrian’s Island? Don’t build up Adrian’s Island? That is the question.

Your Opinion: Reconsider aid to Pakistan

Stemming from bin Laden’s death are a plethora of renewed policy debates, one of which being the U.S.’s association with Pakistan.

Your Opinion: Right-to-work good for Missouri

I was surprised to read in the May 11 edition of the News Tribune the AP article “Efforts to curtail private-sector unions faltering” and in the first paragraph of the article plainly insinuating right-to-work is an attempt to break up union shops.

Our Opinion: Studying state pay is fine, but test is doing something

Studying state pay invites a dilemma.

Falcons face tough task at district baseball tourney

Entering the district tournament with two-state ranked teams staring down at you could make some teams change their plan of attack. That’s not the case for the Blair Oaks Falcons.

3 straight losses have Helias focused for game with Osage

Suffering three straight losses isn’t the ideal way to enter a district tournament.

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Parents helping spread understanding about syndrome

In the harried moments after a child is born, parents find themselves waiting to simply hear their child is OK.

Science, romance blend in ‘Language of the Sea’

“The Language of the Sea” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press), by James MacManus

In his second book, and first novel, James MacManus blends science and romance, producing a gripping combination for readers in “The Language of the Sea.”

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Nuclear bill runs out of steam

With just 40 minutes left before their 2011 legislative session had to end, Missouri state senators began debating a compromise bill allowing Ameren Missouri or other utilities to seek, and win, a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission early site permit, then charge consumers for up to $45 million of the application costs.

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Jays set sights on another district title

The Jefferson City Lady Jays have been winning district titles for the last 15 years.

Nixon not ready to call a special session

Gov. Jay Nixon barely had finished talking about the good things from the just-completed legislative session when he was asked if he’s thinking of calling a special session because the economic development and tax credits issues didn’t get passed.

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Family marks anniversary of teen’s disappearance

It’s been a year since a 16-year-old juvenile detainee in the custody of the Division of Youth Services apparently jumped or fell into the Missouri River in Jefferson City.

District 10 baseball pushed back

First-round games in the Class 4 District 10 Baseball Tournament scheduled for today have been postponed due to wet field conditions in Camdenton.

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Helias teams struggling after some rough weeks

The Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders would like to turn back the clock about three weeks.

Robots get their groove on in CA student orchestra

They can defuse bombs, help decontaminate nuclear power plants, even vacuum the living room floor without bashing into the furniture or knocking over a vase. One thing you don’t see robots doing, though, is jamming with a live, human orchestra.

Oral history about overlooked living legend Musial

“Stan Musial: An American Life” (Ballantine Books/ESPN Books), by George Vecsey

In 22 seasons, Stan Musial had a career batting average of .331, hit 475 home runs, compiled 3,630 career hits, was three times the National League’s Most Valuable Player and retired with 17 major league records. Yet his remarkable accomplishments have been overshadowed by those of the other two great hitters of his era, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio.

The great government fire sale is on

As 2010 drew to a close, the mayor of Newark, N.J., was staring into a budget abyss so deep that he sold 16 city buildings to pay the bills. They included the architecturally significant Newark Symphony Hall and the police and fire headquarters.

New sculpture marks 'Iron Curtain' speech

Towering 13 feet, a new sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill now welcomes visitors to the entrance of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College.

Eyewitness to Churchill's speech returns for dedication

Robert L. Hawkins Jr., a retired Jefferson City attorney, had a special reason for wanting to attend the dedication Friday of a sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill commemorating his famed “Sinews of Peace” address at Westminster College.

Fulton receives bids for landfill closure

The city of Fulton opened bids for closure of its landfill Thursday, and the bids yielded a pleasant surprise for city officials.

Plant's performance on test lauded

The final results won’t be known for another three months, but federal officials say the preliminary results of a disaster-response test at the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant shows the state of Missouri has done “an outstanding job.”

Official: Army post not gunman's target

The gunman who broke onto a Missouri Army post Thursday and later fired on police during an interstate highway shootout was not targeting the military installation, officials said Friday.

Concealed gun age lowered

Missouri residents old enough to legally drink alcohol also could get permits to carry concealed guns under legislation given final approval Friday in the last hour of Missouri’s annual legislative session.

House passes March presidential primary bill

Missouri’s 2012 presidential primary would take place on March 6 instead of the currently scheduled Feb. 7, under legislation sent Friday to the governor.

SERVE braces for big hits to financial resources

Already facing issues with increased demand, SERVE Inc. is dealing with the possibility of significant cuts that will affect several of the organization’s key services.