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Our Opinion: Turn off city government contribution to JCTV

News Tribune editorial

The Jefferson City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to shut off its contribution to the public access channel, JCTV. We encourage council members to do so.

Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Ryan Evans scored 16 points to help No. 22 Wisconsin upset No. 3 Indiana 68-56 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday.

Saturday's NBA Capsules

NBA ROUNDUP: Spencer Hawes had 18 points and career highs with 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

NHL ROUNDUP: Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots to break a tie for Pittsburgh's career shutout record with 23, and the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 3-0 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory.

Cougars' perfect season ends with loss in quarterfinals

The Columbia College Cougars saw their undefeated season come to an abrubt halt Saturday night in the NAIA National Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

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Stewart scores OT goal, Blues beat Ducks 2-1

Chris Stewart scored 45 seconds into overtime and rookie Jake Allen made 27 saves, helping the St. Louis Blues end the Anaheim Ducks' five-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.

Rock Bridge tops St. Joseph’s Academy for title

Sophie Cunningham scored 16 points and Cierra Porter grabbed 11 rebounds to help Rock Bridge defeat St. Joseph’s Academy 45-38 for its second consecutive Class 5 girls championship.

Saturday's MLS Capsules

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Patrice Bernier and Marco Di Vaio scored first-half goals and the Montreal Impact beat Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday to improve to 3-0.

Game on: Early GOP auditions for 2016 election

Just three months into President Barack Obama’s second term, Republican leaders are lining up to diagnose the GOP’s ills while courting party activists — all with an eye on greater political ambitions.

Palin urges GOP to broaden message

Returning to the national stage, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday that the Republican Party must broaden its message to grow.

Central Oklahoma sweeps doubleheader with Lincoln

One a blowout, the other a walk-off. Both were losses for the Lincoln baseball team Saturday afternoon, as the Blue Tigers were swept by Central Oklahoma.

Missouri downs Mississippi in softball

No. 8 Missouri broke open a tie game in that inning to topple Mississippi 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Tigers split doubleheader

Missouri got shut out, then threw a shutout.

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Ogletree lifts Jays over Helias

The first 7 1/2 innings were a series of jabs between the Jefferson City Jays and Helias Crusaders. In the bottom of the eighth Saturday, Brenden Ogletree finally got the knockout blow.

Chen gives up 4 homers in KC loss to Cubs

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has compared Javier Baez's bat speed to that of nine-time All-Star Gary Sheffield's vicious swing.

Saturday's Golf Capsules

PRO GOLF ROUNDUP: Kevin Streelman figured a good round Saturday would at least get him in the mix at the Tampa Bay Championship.

Fire, Sporting Kansas City tie 0-0

The Chicago Fire managed to earn their first point in three games this year despite remaining scoreless, tying Sporting Kansas City 0-0 on Saturday.

Rockhurst beats DeSmet 73-59 in Class 5 title

Kyle Wolf scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Rockhurst to a 73-59 win Saturday over DeSmet in the Class 5 Boys Championship.

Crews recover man's body from icy S. Dakota river

Crews on Saturday recovered the body of a second person who drowned in an icy South Dakota river while trying to save a 6-year-old boy, authorities said.

No. 7 Kansas beats No. 11 K-State for Big 12 title

Kansas wasn't about to share this title with Kansas State.

Dixie Chicks' Maines moving on as solo artist

Natalie Maines is starting out nervous on stage, almost 10 years to the day that the Dixie Chicks spitfire slammed then-President George W. Bush and forever changed the fate and fortunes of the country superstars.

Incarnate Word beats Webb City for Class 4 girls title

Napheesa Collier scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the undefeated Incarnate Word beat Webb City 63-22 Saturday in the Class 4 Girls Championship.

Chen gives up 4 homers in loss to Cubs

Alfonso Soriano connected for one of three first-inning homer against Bruce Chen and a Chicago Cubs split squad beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Saturday.

Republic beats Normandy for Mo. Class 4 boys title

Cody Geiger scored 20 points, including two last-minute free throws, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Republic past Normandy 54-51 in the Class 4 Boys Championship on Saturday.

Suspect in NY slaying, child rape, beaten in jail

A man accused of killing a Syracuse woman and raping her 10-year-old daughter during a carjacking was beaten and suffered a broken nose on his first day in jail, authorities said.

Pa. lacrosse team bus crashes; pregnant coach dies

A road trip by a college women's lacrosse team came to a horrifying end Saturday when the team bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child, and the driver, and injuring numerous others, authorities said.

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Smart Spending: Lifting the veil on store brands

Supermarkets including Kroger, Safeway and Whole Foods are improving the image of their store brands with better packaging and more distinctive offerings. But where exactly do these products come from?

Revelers worldwide start to mark St. Patrick's Day

Crowds cheered and bagpipes bellowed as New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade kicked off Saturday, and people with a fondness for anything Irish began a weekend of festivities from the Louisiana bayou to Dublin.

Saint Louis beats Butler 67-56 in A-10 semifinals

His Saint Louis teammates have a simple explanation for Dwayne Evans' sophisticated low-post moves: He can't dunk.

Ole Miss beats Vandy 64-52 in SEC tourney semis

Marshall Henderson scored 23 points as Mississippi beat Vanderbilt 64-52 Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals, putting the Rebels just one more win away from making sure their NCAA tournament berth is automatic.

Tigers' Rondon has 4th straight scoreless outing

Detroit manager Jim Leyland hasn't decided on his closer. And he's starting to get tired of talking about it.

’Smash’ star Hilty delivers unexpected CD debut

Last week, singer-actress Megan Hilty wrapped her second, and possibly final, season of the TV musical “Smash.”

Texas' McClellan scratched from Sunday start

Texas Rangers right-hander Kyle McClellan could miss the first month of the season because of a strained lat muscle.

Blues activate Tarasenko off injured reserve

The St. Louis Blues got another member of their second line back, activating rookie Vladimir Tarasenko off injured reserve from a concussion, but lost another forward with T.J. Oshie placed on IR.

49ers sign safety Dahl to three-year deal

The San Francisco 49ers have signed safety Craig Dahl to a three-year contract, finding a replacement in the secondary after Dashon Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay.

Mo. House considers Guard tuition aid proposal

A plan being considered in the Missouri House aims to use state funds to help members of the state National Guard who would lose their federal tuition assistance as a result of automatic federal spending cuts.

Lawmakers seek to renew Mo. Sunshine Law exemption

Efforts to renew a security-related exemption to Missouri’s open records and meetings law could bolster attempts to make additional changes to the Sunshine Law.

Country music's Jack Greene dies in Nashville

Jack Greene, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star who earned fame with the hit "There Goes My Everything," has died in Nashville at 83.

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VIPs visit Russellville schools

On Friday, the Russellville PTO hosted Very Important Person Day, allowing students in kindergarten through fifth grade to invite an adult visitor to their classrooms and a musical assembly in the gymnasium.

DNR study advances proposed sewer extension

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has found a proposed sanitary sewer extension project at Route B and Tanner Bridge Road will have no significant environmental impact.

Missouri GOP leaders happy with Session

Missouri Republicans are pleased with the progress of their priority bills during the first half of the General Assembly’s session. Lawmakers are on their spring break until March 25.

New rule allows high-school teams to add games to their schedules

The Missouri State High School Activites Association instituted a rule beginning this season to allow baseball teams to play additional games on up to five non-school days. For example, Saturdays, such as today when Jefferson City and Helias will face Glendale in a tri-header at Vivion Field.

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Could global warming change tornado season, too?

With the planet heating up, many scientists seem fairly certain some weather elements like hurricanes and droughts will worsen.

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Crusaders looking foward to playing on real grass as season opens

Mid-Missouri’s recent bout with snow had the Helias Crusaders improvising to find places for baseball practice. Not one of them has been an actual baseball field. “We’ve been on the parking lot, we’ve been out at 63 Sports Complex, where we can a least get some space for things like working on cutoffs and things like that,” Helias coach Chris Wyrick said as the Crusaders prepared to open the season with a doubleheader today against Springfield Glendale and Jefferson City at Vivion Field.

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Jays hope to build on lessons learned last year

The fate of Jefferson City’s baseball season a year ago was pretty well determined after just nine games. An early eight-game losing streak was tough for the Jays to overcome during an 11-15 season. So it’s no surprise this year the Jays are focusing on their first set of games as a way to build up some confidence. “I think the key for us is to get off to a quicker start,” Jefferson City head coach Brian Ash said. “I think if you get off to a quicker start, the confidence level gets there.” The Jays, who open the season today with a doubleheader against Springfield Glendale and Helias at Vivion Field, started to play more consistent baseball at the end of last season, but it was too late to erase a slow start.

Gay marriage: Senator’s shift, GOP soul-searching

A Republican senator’s embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics — and views on emotional issues — are changing fast.

Vatican criticizes campaign against pope

The honeymoon that Pope Francis has enjoyed since his remarkable election hit a bump Friday, with the Vatican lashing out at what it called a defamatory and “anti-clerical left-wing” media campaign questioning his actions during Argentina’s murderous military dictatorship.

St. Louis-area man guilty of sex trafficking

A St. Louis County man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking for forcing two women into prostitution, including a mentally disabled woman.

Missouri parents accused of keeping child in cage

A Missouri couple accused of keeping their severely autistic, 6-year-old son in a makeshift cage soiled with urine and feces was charged Friday with endangering the welfare of a child.

Club offering three scholarships

The Jefferson City Cosmopolitan Club is awarding three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to graduating high school seniors in Cole County under the John A. and Helen R. Cowley Scholarship program.

Church launches home repair ministry

A new home repair program will be available to low-income homeowners within a 15-mile radius of Jefferson City.

Capital City Cookoff set April 26-27

The annual Capital City Cookoff is slated April 26-27 at Jaycee Cole County Fairgrounds. See www.capitalcitycookoff.com for more information.

Judge rules secret FBI letters unconstitutional

They're called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They're sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.

Fanning inspires look at 5 great child actresses

Elle Fanning does some incredible work as a teenager caught up in the anti-nukes activism of 1960s London in the new coming-of age drama "Ginger & Rosa."

Trader gets 5-year term for securities fraud

A securities trader from St. Louis County has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for defrauding clients.

Gomez in an ’awkward’ transition with ’Breakers’

“A little awkward” is how Selena Gomez describes her transition from Disney girl to Disney girl gone wild in the new R-rated independent film “Spring Breakers,” in which she plays a bikini-clad and heavily armed college student bent on a good time with three friends and some drugs, sex and violence.

Young actor says stage soothes Tourette symptoms

One day last fall, Clara Faile cut her shoulder-length hair short, pageboy style. Then she had the stylist dye the bleached-blond strands back to their original light brown. A week later, on the day of auditions for her school musical, she tramped down the hardwood stairs from her bedroom wearing green leggings and a green dress.

Police: No foul play in Hannibal man’s death

Officials in Hannibal now say foul play is not suspected in the death of a man found at a hotel.

Boeing aims to wrap up 787 testing in 2 weeks

Boeing unveiled its fix for its troublesome 787 battery on Friday and is aiming to wrap up testing within two weeks.

Puig hits 2-run HR as Dodgers beat Royals 8-1

Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer in the first inning Friday night, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in a split-squad game for both teams.

Friday's NHL Capsules

Games played March 15, 2013

NHL ROUNDUP: Matt Read and Claude Giroux both scored goals in the shootout to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Man sentenced to 75 years for St. Joseph murder

The 18-year-old triggerman in a 2011 shooting death in St. Joseph has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Woman killed, child raped in NY mall carjacking

A man previously charged with having child pornography cut an electronic monitoring device off his ankle before carjacking a woman, fatally stabbing her and raping her 10-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Donor in rabies cases was Air Force recruit

A Maryland man died from a transplanted, rabies-infected kidney from a donor who wasn’t known to have the disease, and the rare death has prompted authorities to treat three others who got organs from the same donor, federal health officials said Friday.

Worker who set fire to sub sentenced to 17 years

A shipyard worker who set fire to rags aboard a nuclear submarine because he wanted to go home was sentenced to a little more than 17 years in federal prison Friday for the blaze that transformed the vessel into a fiery furnace, injured seven people and caused about $450 million in damage.

Iditarod dog dies after being dropped from race

A dog in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was found dead in the snow Friday morning in the coastal town of Unalakleet, where it was waiting to be flown back to Anchorage.

Chiefs add OL Schwartz

The Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz on Friday in an attempt to bolster their depth.

Obama needs to charm skeptical Israelis in visit

Barack Obama’s vow to take his message straight to the public during his first presidential visit to Israel will be a tough sell with many Israelis who consider him naive, too soft on the nation’s enemies and cool to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Hungary: Snowstorm strands thousands in their cars

A snowstorm in Hungary brought drifts 10 feet high and violent gusts of wind, forcing thousands of people to spend the night in their cars or in emergency shelters after being stranded on a major highway.

Ex-SF drug tech pleads guilty to misdemeanor theft

A former San Francisco police technician accused of skimming cocaine from a crime lab pleaded guilty on Friday to misdemeanor theft.

UN: 28 percent of NKorean children malnourished

More than a fourth of all North Korean children are stunted from chronic malnutrition, and two-thirds of the country’s 24 million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, the United Nations said Friday.

Boeing boosted CEO’s 2012 pay 15 percent

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s compensation rose 15 percent last year to $21.1 million, as the company rewarded him for better-than-expected profits and faster airplane production.

Boss at ailing Calif. nuke plant made $2M in 2012

The top executive overseeing the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast received compensation valued at nearly $2 million last year, according to a regulatory filing released Friday.

‘Breaking Bad’ brings tourists to Albuquerque

A fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque has become an international tourist attraction as people come from all over the world to see the spot where a fictional drug trafficker runs his organization. A pastry shop sells doughnuts topped with blue candy designed to resemble crystal meth. A beauty store has a similar product — crystal blue bathing salts.

Few protests on 2nd anniversary of Syrian uprising

On the second anniversary of Syria’s uprising, there were only small protests and a few firecrackers defiantly popping in the capital of Damascus — a grim contrast to the early days when crowds of demonstrators danced to the drums of rebellion against President Bashar Assad.

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Hugo Chavez coffin parades past Venezuela’s ills

The road from the military academy where Hugo Chavez’s body has been lying in state to the hilltop museum where he’ll be displayed indefinitely is lined with some of the most dangerous slums on the planet. It runs under bridges in dire need of repair and past grocery stores with few groceries.

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Crews recover teen’s body from icy S. Dakota river

Crews have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl who drowned after a fast-moving, icy river in South Dakota dragged her and another man away as they tried to save her 6-year-old brother, authorities said Friday.