News for Saturday, February 28, 2015



Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on Feb. 28, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles each scored 18 points and top-ranked Kentucky rolled past No. 18 Arkansas 84-67 on Saturday to win the Southeastern Conference regular-season title.

Loyola of Chicago beats Missouri State, 65-51

Christian Thomas tied his season-high with 21 points and added a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Loyola of Chicago past Missouri State 65-51 on Saturday.

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Snow to continue in Mid-Missouri through Sunday

A late-season winter storm will affect central and eastern sections of Missouri starting today and continuing into Sunday.

Saturday's NHL Capsules

Games played on Feb. 28, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Jaromir Jagr made his Florida debut and Scottie Upshall scored the go-ahead goal with 5:58 left in the Panthers' 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Saturday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on Feb. 28, 2015

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Padraig Harrington is a 36-hole leader on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly five years and he knows he has a long way to go.

Book Review: Kim Gordon is more than just a 'Girl in a Band'

"Girl in a Band" (Dey Street Books), by Kim Gordon

As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980s and 1990s.

Man dies in St. Louis homeless encampment blaze

St. Louis authorities say a man died in a tent fire at a small homeless encampment near the city's downtown.

Georgia rolls past Missouri

ATHENS, Ga. — Nemanja Djurisic scored 14 points and Georgia strengthened its NCAA Tournament hopes with a runaway 68-44 win against Missouri on Saturday.

Our Opinion: Tom Schweich, ‘a devoted public servant’

News Tribune editorial

Amid the activity of public life — policy preferences, office operations, political aspiration — a tendency exists to forget that public officials are people who, like us, have hopes and dreams, fears and doubts.

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Making waves for Special Olympics

Jefferson City teacher has become a Super Plunger

Twenty years ago, Jefferson City High School (JCHS) math teacher Curt Yaeger took his first chilling dip into the waters of Public Beach No. 2 at Lake of the Ozarks State Park during the first Polar Plunge, and it literally took his breath away.

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Cole County, Jefferson City to observe tornado drill

The 40th annual Statewide Tornado Drill will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Cole County Grand Jury indicts five

The Cole County Grand Jury recently indicted several individuals, finding there was enough evidence to send their cases on to the circuit courts for possible trial.

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Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself

Residents in a remote area of southern Missouri are trying to come to grips with what could cause a man to kill seven people, including four of his own relatives, in a nighttime shooting spree that spanned four homes.

JCPS extends school bus contract

First Student, one of the largest providers of school bus services in the United States, will continue to transport students for the Jefferson City Public Schools.

CMS announces special health care enrollment period

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have a special enrollment period for those who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee when they file their 2014 taxes in states that use the federally-facilitated marketplaces.

Missouri issues licenses to grow hemp for epilepsy patients

A cannabis extract some parents believe may help treat seizures experienced by their children with epilepsy may be available in Missouri this fall.

Congressman’s staff schedules meetings

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer recently announced dates when his staff will be meeting with 3rd District constituents.

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Helias boys defeat Rock Bridge after slow start

With the offense a little stagnant, the Helias boys basketball team decided to go for a run to clear its head.

Jays fall at Rockhurst

The Jefferson City Jays wrapped up the regular season Friday with a 64-60 loss to the Rockhurst Hawklets.

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Funeral for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich set for Tuesday

A memorial service for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is scheduled for Tuesday in his hometown of Clayton.

Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate cancels campaign events

Missouri's former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has put her campaign for governor on hold following the death of state auditor Tom Schweich, who also was seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Tipton wins Class 2 District 8 title

The Tipton Lady Cardinals are moving on to the Class 2 state tournament.

Tuscumbia takes Class 1 District 9 title

The Tuscumbia Lady Lions advanced to the Class 1 state tournament Friday night with a 79-42 win against Jamestown in the title game of the District 9 Tournament.

Girls Basketball: District results for area teams

Here are results from high school girls basketball district tournaments involving area teams.

Rose expected to play again this season

After knee surgery

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery.

Nixon appoints senior adviser as temporary Missouri auditor

Missouri’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday appointed one of his senior advisers to temporarily serve as state auditor following the death of Republican Auditor Tom Schweich, who police say died of an apparent suicide.

Perspective: Protecting an open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has pushed full steam ahead with a plan to take control of the Internet.

Head injury to suspect as child could be used by defense

A fractured skull suffered by an infant nearly two decades ago at the hands of his father might become a factor as lawyers defend the now 19-year-old man against charges connected to the killing of a Las Vegas mother in a neighborhood gunbattle, his lawyer said Friday.

Prosecutor: Fake, rather than real bomb, irrelevant to plot

Prosecutors argued Friday that charges against a man accused in a plot to blow up the Wichita airport should not be thrown out, even though the explosives used in an undercover sting were fake.

Browns agree to deal with Josh McCown

To play quarterback

The Browns have yet another new quarterback, and this one has a familiar last name.

Florida brings back suspended forward Finney-Smith

Florida coach Billy Donovan will have his best player on the floor for his third attempt at win No. 500.

Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.

Unmasking of ‘Jihadi John’ as a London lad shocks Britain

The unmasking of Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” as a Londoner who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft.

California authorities crack down on cardboard theft

Investigators wearing bulletproof vests sit in unmarked cars outside a Southern California recycling center, swapping license plate details over two-way radio before dawn.

Kvapil's Sprint Cup car stolen before race

When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke.

Logano follows Daytona win with pole in Atlanta

Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after a qualifying session in which 13 drivers didn’t get on the track after failing to pass inspection.

Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech

Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran — a less provocative, closed-door session.

$150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o at Oscars reported stolen

The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars doesn’t surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion.

Northern Iowa to face Wichita State for Valley title

The most famous player ever to lace up his sneakers in the Missouri Valley Conference has been watching Northern Iowa and Wichita State for most of the season.

Pac-12 has several teams looking to solidify tourney spots

The Pac-12’s NCAA Tournament bubble is beginning to pulsate.

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Fresh off victory, Missouri hoops off to Georgia

The Missouri men’s basketball team was a little unsure of what to do with itself after ending its 13-game losing streak Tuesday against Florida.

Prep Basketball: Time changes for district title games

Due to expected bad weather

Due to expected bad weather today, the start times for several district championship games have been moved to the afterooon.

US, Cuba cite progress on restoring diplomatic ties

The United States and Cuba claimed progress Friday toward ending a half-century diplomatic freeze, suggesting they could clear some of the biggest obstacles to their new relationship within weeks.

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Anti-Islamic protesters shout at Muslims at Oklahoma Capitol

A group of supporters formed a makeshift greeting line to escort Muslims into the Oklahoma state Capitol for Friday’s first-ever Muslim Day as a smaller group of protesters heckled participants as they arrived.

Court: Colorado crime suspects can search victims’ homes

An appeals court added Colorado to the list of states that can allow criminal suspects to search victims’ homes to bolster their defense — a move that raised concerns among prosecutors and victims’ advocates.

St. Joseph board fires 1 administrator, reassigns another

The St. Joseph school board has fired one school administrator and reassigned another in response to a highly critical audit.