Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:40 Published in National News
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Competition at the Sochi Olympics was officially starting Thursday, 32 hours before the opening ceremony.
Early starts are needed with 12 men's and women's medal events added since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying runs - without American star Shaun White, who withdrew Wednesday - were beginning 10 a.m. (0600 GMT) at X-Treme Park in the mountains above Sochi.
Women's qualifying runs were following in the afternoon, and women's moguls qualifying was scheduled to start freestyle skiing events at 6 p.m. (1400 GMT).
Men's slopestyle and women's moguls are among the first medals to be awarded Saturday.
Down in Sochi, the new team figure skating competition begins 7.30 p.m. (1530 GMT) at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
The men's short program is to be followed by the pairs.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 03:51 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri men's basketball fan who over four seasons regularly traveled with the team to NCAA tournament games has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy involving cocaine and marijuana distribution.
Online court records show that Levi McLean Franklin Coolley pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to attempting to sell more than 88 pounds of cocaine and an unspecified amount of marijuana between 2005 and 2011.
Coolley owns a car stereo shop in Columbia.
Coolley was arrested by FBI agents in March 2012 while at the Missouri team hotel in Omaha, Neb., hours before the Tigers' NCAA Tournament second-round loss to Norfolk State.
An internal review by Missouri found no improper influence by Coolley. He was on the team flights as a guest of Columbia real estate developer and prominent Missouri donor Jay Linder.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The winter weather spreading across much of Missouri has caused the cancellation of a few afternoon House committee hearings.
Hearings on budget proposals for education, mental health, public safety and social services were called off Tuesday after snow blanketed Jefferson City.
The House Chief Clerk also officially closed House operations at 1:30 p.m. because of the weather. A House Insurance Policy Committee dinner scheduled for tonight at Jefferson City Country Club was also called off.
The afternoon snow didn't halt all legislative activity. Two Senate committees met, and evening House hearings were still scheduled.
Both the House and Senate are scheduled to resume work Wednesday morning.