News for Thursday, March 29, 2012



Former President GHW Bush backs Romney in GOP race

George H.W. Bush is formally supporting Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican nomination for president.

Sources: Ryan expected to endorse Romney

The House Budget Committee chairman, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, is expected to endorse Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Maxey tosses gem as Blair Oaks tops Versailles

Kyler Maxey threw a five-inning no-hitter as the Falcons cruised to an 11-0 victory Thursday over Versailles.

Stranded man survives 10 days on snow; friend dies

A 76-year-old diabetic Colorado man survived 10 days in the remote Nevada desert by melting snow and using skills he learned as a Boy Scout, but a friend who was with him and ventured away to get help died.

Blues fail to clinch division after shootout loss to Chicago

Dave Bolland scored the only goal in a four-round shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Thursday night to move closer to clinching a playoff berth.

Lance Lynn allows one run in five innings

Anibal Sanchez put to rest any questions about the Miami Marlins’ rotation. Sanchez allowed a run in five innings, including Carlos Beltran’s second homer, and the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Thursday.

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Calvary Lutheran remains close in 6-3 loss to Tipton

The game was effectively decided after one inning, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of intrigue left after that.

KU great Danny Manning to become Tulsa head coach

Danny Manning has agreed to become the head coach at Tulsa, the second assistant from Kansas coach Bill Self’s staff to announce their departure during the week of the Final Four.

Hy-Vee to sell beef with and without pink slime

Hy-Vee says some customers were unhappy with the grocery chain's decision not to sell ground beef with the ingredient known as pink slime, so the company now plans to offer beef with and without the ingredient.

Senate committee backs 2 nominees for Fed’s board

A Senate committee on Thursday approved President Barack Obama’s two nominations to fill vacancies on the Federal Reserve’s board. But prospects for a quick confirmation in the full Senate are uncertain.

Millennial Media shares nearly double in debut

Shares of Millennial Media nearly doubled in the mobile advertising company’s market debut Thursday.

BlackBerry maker to focus on business customers

Struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. said Thursday that it plans to return its focus to its corporate customers after failing to compete with flashier, consumer-oriented phones such as Apple’s iPhone and models that run Google’s Android software.

Author Harry Crews dies in Florida at 76

Author Harry Crews, a hell-raiser and cult favorite whose hard and crazy times inspired his brutal tales of the rural South, died Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. He was 76 and had suffered from neuropathy, said his ex-wife, Sally Ellis Crews.

Mo. Senate passes birth control coverage measure

The Missouri Senate has approved legislation letting employers refuse to provide health insurance coverage for birth control in some instances.

Mo. Senate votes to override veto on workers’ comp

The Missouri Senate has voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto on a bill to change the state’s workers’ compensation laws.

Nike sues Reebok over Tebow apparel

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike went to court Wednesday to prove that Reebok is no shoo-in to promote New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow on apparel.

Cole Co. judge upholds prayer ballot summary

A Missouri judge has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment on public prayer.

Cole Co. judge strikes down Mo. voter ID ballot summary

A trial judge has struck down the ballot summary for a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would have cleared the way for requiring voters to show photo identification.

Report: US cancer rates continue downward trend

Cancer rates in the U.S. continue to fall, according to a report released Wednesday.

Movie Review: Mythic mayhem resumes in ’Titans’

There aren’t many pleasures in “Wrath of the Titans,” the 3-D sequel to the 2010 “Clash of the Titans” remake. But surely one is seeing Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson bounding around together as brothers, the gods Hades and Zeus.

Your Opinion: Food 'tweaking' safe

I realize that a lot of people are scared of what they eat, but GMOs are not the Frankenfoods that Robert Allen would lead you to believe.

Your Opinion: Tax hikes keep coming

Every time I picked up a newspaper in the last few months, I read nothing except this organization or that promoting a tax of some kind.

Your Opinion: McCarty Street progress

The Jefferson City Public Works Department would like to respond to the issues raised in the March 18 opinion section of the newspaper concerning the East McCarty project and its progress.

Our Opinion: Difficulty diagnosing complex health care

Some problems are so extensive and so complex, solutions are elusive.

Survivor of North Korean labor camp tells story

“Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West” (Viking), by Blaine Harden

Hitler’s death camps, Stalin’s gulag and Pol Pot’s killing fields are now the stuff of history, but the unspeakable horrors they evoke still endure in the labor camps of North Korea.

Home intruder shot, killed in St. Charles County

St. Charles County authorities say an intruder was shot and killed by the homeowner.

Mo. autistic boy’s drowning another tragedy for family

The body of a 6-year-old northeast Missouri boy has been found in a pond about 200 yards from where he disappeared.

Fired Mo. police chief wants job back

A small-town police chief in southeast Missouri wants his job back after being fired earlier this month following the shooting of a dog.

Mo. House OKs restrictions on foreign laws

The Missouri House has approved legislation that would limit the use of international law in state courts.

Warm weather could boost Mo. turkey population

The Missouri Department of Conservation says a mild winter and early spring could help turkey hunters in the long run.

Mo. lawmaker wants jumping jack as state exercise

Just in time for spring, Missouri may be getting an official state exercise: the jumping jack.

Grand jury hands down indictments

The Cole County grand jury met this week and handed down a number of indictments, sending cases on to the circuit division for possible trials.

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More than 150 protest Limbaugh honor

Boxes filled with 35,000 signatures stacked in a pyramid at the Capitol’s north side Wednesday made the backdrop for the “Rally Against Rush and For Women’s Health.”

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Trayvon Inc: Fla teen’s case turns into brand

From the T-shirt and hoodie sales to trademarking slogans like “Justice for Trayvon” to the pass-the-hat rallies that bring in thousands, the case of an unarmed black teenager killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer is quickly turning into an Internet-fueled brand.

Holts Summit woman charged in assault

A Holts Summit woman was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault in connection with a Tuesday afternoon stabbing.

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Helping doctors balance human touch and gadgetry

As the nation moves to paperless medicine, doctors are grappling with an awkward challenge: How do they tap the promise of computers, smartphones and iPads in the exam room without losing the human connection with their patients? Are the gadgets a boon, or a distraction?

’The Killing,’ tense and gripping, back for year 2

When “The Killing” returns for its second season on Sunday, it will arrive with just a fraction of the hoopla and hysteria that greeted another AMC show, “Mad Men,” the week before.

Beetem, Barnes, Bernskoetter challenged

Two Jefferson City lawmakers and a Cole County circuit judge picked up election opponents this week, before filings closed Tuesday.

Races set for both Cole County commissioner seats

The list of candidates was finalized Tuesday for Cole County offices that will be up for election later this year.

Two men seek office of mayor of New Bloomfield

New Bloomfield Mayor Terry Shaw faces opposition from Michael Lowe Sr. in the April 3 city election.

Event to feature computer technology careers

The 11th Annual Computer Professionals on Demand scholarship program will be June 17-20 at Linn State Technical College.

Oklahoma court strikes down ultrasound abortion law

An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday struck down the state's law requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them and to listen to a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure.

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Heisinger Easter event Saturday

Heisinger Bluffs Auxiliary invites you to its Easter Spring Festival Bazaar in Jefferson City from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Beyonce the tiny puppy fit into spoon at birth

A very tiny puppy is sitting inside a coffee mug, trying without success to escape by scratching its little paws against the slippery surface.

Hit song carries Eli Young Band to ACMs, beyond

Count the guys in Rascal Flatts among the fans of “Crazy Girl,” the song that took the Eli Young Band to the top of the country songs chart and earned the Texas quartet three nominations at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.

Cleanup plan formed for polluted Columbia creek

A polluted Columbia creek found to be in violation of the federal Clean Water Act more than a decade ago has a new cleanup plan.

Watchdog: Housing regulator should be more active

A government watchdog says the top U.S. housing regulator should take a more active role in overseeing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have received huge infusions of taxpayer cash.

House OKs changes to sex offender registry

The Republican-led Missouri House gave first round approval Tuesday to legislation that would allow some people eventually to be removed from the state’s sex offender registry.

Budget chairman challenges generals on defense

The chairman of the House Budget Committee said Thursday he doesn’t believe the nation’s commanders gave Congress a budget based on military strategy, prompting a push back from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

JetBlue pilot's rant puts focus on medical exams

The case of the JetBlue captain who came unglued at 35,000 feet has focused attention on what some aviation experts say is a flimsy system for detecting psychological problems in pilots.

Pope urges greater openings in vast Cuban Mass

Pope Benedict XVI demanded more freedom for the Catholic Church in communist-run Cuba and preached against “fanaticism” in an unusually political sermon before hundreds of thousands at Revolution Plaza, with President Raul Castro in the front row.

Hemingway shows soft side in newly public letters

Ernest Hemingway shows a tenderness that wasn’t part of his usual macho persona in a dozen unpublished letters that became publicly available Wednesday in a collection of the author’s papers at the Kennedy presidential library.

Oracle, Google gird for trial on Android dispute

Oracle and Google are digging in their heels as they prepare for an upcoming trial. Two of Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies, they haven’t agreed on much since Oracle filed its lawsuit against Google 19 months ago, and there appears to be little chance for a settlement before the trial is scheduled to begin April 16.

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Cultures clash in commonwealth over Kentucky Louisville game

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — This Bluegrass State rivalry runs deep, and the divide is wide.

Mattel CEO 2011 compensation even with 2010

The former CEO of Mattel Inc., the largest U.S. toy maker, received compensation valued at $10.8 million in 2011, the same as he received in 2010, according to an Associated Press analysis of a company regulatory filing.

New GM phone app may replace car navigation system

General Motors soon will sell a $50 smartphone application that could replace your dashboard navigation system.

Will Ferrell announces 'Anchorman' sequel

Will Ferrell's swashbuckling newscaster Ron Burgundy had his own breaking news to announce Wednesday night: A sequel to "Anchorman" is finally happening.

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Kansas State embarks on search for new coach

John Currie knows he faces the biggest task of his professional career in replacing Frank Martin, the now-former basketball coach of Kansas State whose bigger-than-life aura and on-court success made the Wildcats relevant again.

Plan moves forward for Atlantic seismic research

The U.S. Interior Department said Wednesday it is seeking comment from the public on a plan to allow energy companies to begin seismic testing to find oil and natural reserves in the Atlantic Ocean.

Amazon CEO wants to raise sunken Apollo 11 engines

For more than four decades, the powerful engines that helped boost the Apollo 11 mission to the moon have rested in the Atlantic. Now Internet billionaire and space enthusiast Jeff Bezos wants to raise at least one of them to the surface.

Group surveys items from SS United States

The SS United States Conservancy is planning to compile an inventory of the furnishings, equipment, ephemera and other artifacts of the legendary ocean liner that still exist.

Holland surrenders 2 homers in Rangers win

Derek Holland yielded two-run homers by Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler, but the Texas Rangers rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals in 10 innings on Wednesday night.

GOP-run House easily rejects bipartisan budget

The House voted decisively late Wednesday to reject a bipartisan budget mixing tax increases with spending cuts to wring $4 trillion from federal deficits over the coming decade.

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Royals' Paulino headed to the disabled list

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow.

Yahoo shareholder blasts company for board snub

A major Yahoo shareholder passed over for a seat on the troubled Internet company’s board is blasting the decision as “illogical.”

Lady Antebellum to play for tornado-hit Indiana town

The country music trio Lady Antebellum will put on a benefit concert for a tornado-wrecked southern Indiana town after holding a prom event for the town’s high school juniors and seniors.

Wednesday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

MLB SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP: Adam Wainwright struggled for 4 2-3 innings in his final tuneup against big league hitters as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5 on Wednesday.

Clear Channel to delay inserting ads into iHeart

Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman says that the radio company will keep part of its iHeart Radio online service ad-free for at least a few more months, explaining that a consumer backlash against ads on Pandora Media Inc.’s competing service serves as a “cautionary tale.”

Wednesday's NHL Capsules

NHL ROUNDUP: Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto each had a goal and an assist, and the New York Rangers moved to the top of the NHL standings with a 4-2 victory over the fading Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

NBA ROUNDUP: Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks climbed above .500 for the first time since mid-January in overwhelming fashion, scoring 21 straight points in the third quarter and routing the Orlando Magic 108-86 on Wednesday night.

Bobby Brown charged with DUI in Los Angeles

Bobby Brown was charged Wednesday with three misdemeanor charges including drunken driving, two days after his afternoon arrest in suburban Los Angeles.

Williams running for Eastern District seat

The man who led the opposition to the Jefferson City Transformation sales tax has filed to run as a Democrat in the Cole County Eastern District commissioner race.

Kretzer files for Cole circuit judge

Attorney Steven M. Kretzer filed for Circuit Judge in Cole County today. Kretzer, a Republican, takes on incumbent Jon Beetem in the Aug. 7 primary.

Brad Paisley endows scholarship at Belmont Univ.

Brad Paisley’s country music career started in earnest at Belmont University. He’s taking steps to make sure someone else gets the same chance.

PBS’ ’Masterpiece’ gets $1 million gift from donor

Even the landed gentry of “Downton Abbey” would be impressed: A philanthropist is giving $1 million to PBS’ “Masterpiece,” U.S. home of the British upstairs-downstairs drama series.

Spike Lee apologizes for retweeting wrong address

Spike Lee has apologized to a Florida couple who say they were forced to leave their home when a Twitter posting that the director helped spread listed their address as that of a man who shot an unarmed teenager.

ConocoPhillips CEO received 7pct. raise in 2011

ConocoPhillips CEO and Chairman Jim Mulva received a 7 percent raise in pay in 2011, his final year at the helm of the Houston petroleum company.

Google offers new way to track usage of services

Google is offering to provide a monthly report to people who want to keep track of their activities on some of its most popular services.

Former CVS Caremark CEO left with $58M pension

Former CVS Caremark Chairman and CEO Thomas M. Ryan headed into retirement last year with a $58.5 million pension payment and $33.7 million from stock and option awards, according to a regulatory filing from the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager.