News for Saturday, December 20, 2014



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ABLE helps newcomer learn how to read English

A Christmas Wish Part 4: Learning language No. 5

English is Uwizeyimana Judith’s fifth language. And she’s been working with ABLE — the Adult Basic Literacy Education program — to learn how to read better in her newest tongue.

ABLE tutors help people learn to read

Private sessions fit the student's schedule

With so much debate about education these days, it may be hard to believe some adults still don’t know how to read. That’s where ABLE comes in.

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Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off Lafayette Street project

State and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lafayette Street interchange project in Jefferson City on Friday.

Jefferson City schools tap new superintendent

Maryville educator to succeed Mitchell

Larry Linthacum was a Jefferson City High School business teacher and assistant coach for football and basketball in the 1995-96 school year.

State approves LU plans to offer graduate ag degree

Lincoln University will offer a new master of science degree in Integrated Agricultural Systems starting next summer.

LU approves undergraduate recruiting contract

Lincoln University Curators this week approved a new, one-year contract with Royall and Company of Richmond, Virginia for marketing and undergraduate recruitment services.

IC choir will sing at Vatican on New Year’s Day

A week from now, more than 60 Mid-Missourians will be in the heart of the Roman Catholic Church.

Generous caroling group nears end of season

The Missourians, a Dickens-style caroling group, is nearing the end of its season, but the public still has one more opportunity to enjoy a performance.

Pintos win title at Linn Invitational

The California boys basketball team beat Fatima 54-37 in the title game of the Linn Invitational on Friday.

Cole County Grand Jury indicts five this week

This week, the Cole County grand jury handed down several indictments, finding there were enough evidence in these cases to send them onto the circuit courts for possible trial.

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Lady Crusaders bounce Lady Bulldogs, 43-13

The Helias Lady Crusaders made their first shot Friday night, then missed missed their next 15 the remainder of the first quarter.

Falcons finish third in Linn Invitational

The Blair Oaks boys basketball team defeated Linn 57-39 to finish third in the Linn Invitational.

Two injured in Friday Osage County wreck

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 7:27 a.m. Friday on U.S. 63 at Castle Rock Road in Osage County.

Senator: Holder will review Iowa man's drowning

At Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will personally review the case of an Iowa man who drowned while in a Missouri state trooper's custody at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Opponents of new Columbia smoking law start petition drive

Opponents of three new ordinances limiting the sales and use of tobacco and e-cigarettes have launched a petition drive to erase the new laws.

T-Mobile to pay Missouri $280K for text charges

Missouri will get more than $280,000 from T-Mobile US following claims that the company unfairly charged customers for third-party text message subscriptions.

Calvary uses balanced attack to rip Higbee

When you score 85 points in a basketball game, odds are you’re going to have a lot of players get in on the action, and the Calvary Lutheran Lions were sharing the wealth Friday night.

Lady Lions battle back from rough start before falling to Lady Tigers

When the Calvary Lutheran girls basketball team found themselves down 11-0 less than four minutes into Friday’s game against Higbee, it looked as if it might be a long night for the Lady Lions.

Missourian looks back at Cuban experiences

The thawing relationship between Cuba and the United States has left a Jefferson City native who scooped ice cream at Central Dairy as a teen and later helped uncover hidden Russian missiles in Cuba more than a little circumspect.

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.

Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn’t expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.

Late 3-pointer dooms Crusaders

In loss at Branson

BRANSON — Helias fell Friday night after Branson’s Colby Sutton drilled a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left, sending the Pirates to a 47-44 victory.

Boys Basketball: Chamois 56, Prairie Home 46

Behind 18 points from Aaron Brandt, Chamois defeated Prairie Home on Friday, 56-46.

Missouri man among those granted clemency

A southeast Missouri man's prison term will end April 15 after he was granted clemency this week by President Barack Obama.

State economic development ranked No. 1 agency

Missouri’s Department of Economic Development has been named the No. 1 economic development agency in the country.

Pakistan executes militants, bombards tribal areas

Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren.

Boys Basketball: Vienna 65, Newburg 51

Jordan Garnett and Isaac Weider each scored 20 points as Vienna defeated Newburg on Friday, 65-51.

Boys Basketball: Jefferson City JV 62, Cuba 47

The Jefferson City JV boys basketball team defeated Cuba 62-47 in the fifth-place game of the Linn Invitational.

New trial possible in shaken baby case

A St. Louis-area woman accused in the shaking death of a 13-month-old girl may get a new trial date.

Former boxing champ Terrell dies at 75

Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.

Royals sign Rios

The Royals have been so busy this offseason, they gave out two No. 15 jerseys in one week.

Missouri college moves forward on Greek housing

Southeast Missouri State University is moving forward on its plans to establish a housing option specifically for students in Greek organizations.

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Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

It’s time to go bowling

In college football

The College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year’s three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one.

Tigers, Illini to play Braggin’ Rights game today

When Kim Anderson was asked to recall his favorite memory from the Missouri-Illinois Braggin’ Rights series, the first-year Missouri basketball head coach didn’t hesitate.

Missouri secretary of state touts smaller budget

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says he is reducing the amount of state tax revenue needed for his office.

Supreme Court won’t stop gay marriages in Florida

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.

New York mayor caught between protests, police

Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community.

Actor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview

Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins declares he's not a pedophile, and insists he has molested a minor on just one occasion and engaged in sexual misconduct with only three girls in all.

Powdered alcohol? Not so fast, lawmakers say

Powdered alcohol hasn’t even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go.

Five Rams give back to Ferguson

‘Hands Up’ players donate to residents at holiday event

JENNINGS — The St. Louis Rams players who did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture treated residents of nearby Ferguson to some holiday cheer Friday.

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Rams’ Mason wants to forget about first fumble

ST. LOUIS — Tre Mason averaged just 2.5 yards per carry last week. A critical lost fumble hurt the most for the St. Louis Rams rookie running back, and he is looking for a bounceback game against the New York Giants.

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Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement.

Theater shooter’s parents plead for his life

The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.

Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn’t complete.