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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Stadium construction; downtown gateways planned

Monday, July 1, 2013 | 11:20 a.m. CDT
Workers replace sod at the rock M hill Wednesday. The grass was torn up during the expansion of Memorial Stadium.

COLUMBIA — Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics. The links provided are to stories available for Missourian digital subscribers.

  1. The most read story was about construction at Memorial Stadium and Faurot Field. The rock M hill was given a new layer of sod on Wednesday after the hill was moved closer to Faurot Field. The move allows for the expansion of the main concourse, which will include more seating and upgraded features. Renovations are expected to cost $60 million.  (2,246 pageviews)
  2. One of the first projects using money from a half-cent sales tax approved in 2011 is beautification to the city's gateways. The Downtown Community Improvement District has picked three finalists in its search for a gateway project designer. The locations and designs for the project will be determined by the designer. The costs have not been discussed. (1,071 pageviews)
  3. Two people were arrested in connection to the June 23 drug-related shooting in a shopping center parking lot on Conley Road. The victim was Anthony Unger, 25, of Jefferson City.  (1,003 pageviews)
  4. A Friday wire story from St. Louis reported that a man was attacked when helping a traffic accident victim on Thursday night. (997 pageviews)
  5. A crash on I-70 near Warrenton killed a Kentucky man on June 22. Joseph Wiechert, 55, was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by Alyssa Crawford, 19, who was driving her car. Wiechert was pronounced dead on the scene. (883 pageviews).
  6. Former Missouri Department of Transportation community relations employee, Elaine Justus is 64 years old. She is suing MoDOT for age discrimination. (Page Views: 787). 
  7. The Museum of Art and Archeology, home to thousands ancient artifacts and paintings, will be moving the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center as a part of the Renew Mizzou project. Curators and collection managers at the museums say the move will be difficult and expensive. (Page Views: 676)
  8. Brookside Apartments has already built seven complexes along Tenth Street and at College Avenue and Walnut streets, and more additions from other companies are coming, bringing hundreds of students to downtown Columbia. But some believe more is not always better(Page Views: 644)

  9.  New models for higher education funding, based on performance, is becoming more popular throughout the country. This year, that idea didn't make it through the Missouri General Assembly. But Sen. David Pierce said he will bring it up again next year. (Page Views: 542).

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