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WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Ryan Ferguson granted appeal, 2016 elk hunting season slated

Sunday, July 14, 2013 | 5:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A new appeal in Ryan Ferguson's murder conviction and the death of a Columbia resident in a motorcycle accident were among this week's most read stories.

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. Ryan Ferguson, who is currently in prison for the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, will have a hearing on Sept. 10. Ferguson has filed more than a dozen appeals to overturn the conviction. He will not appear in court, but his attorneys will be heard by three judges at the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals. (5,201 pageviews)
  2. Brandon E. Bainter, 29, of Columbia, was killed in a motorcycle accident on July 7. The accident took place shortly after 1 a.m. at Broadway and Westwood Avenue. Bainter collided with a utility pole and died as a result of serious injuries sustained in the crash. (1,017 pageviews) 
  3. An elk hunting season is predicted to begin in 2016 by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The department wants at least 200 elk in the herd before allowing a hunting season. When the herd reaches 400 elk, the department will release the full amount of 30 to 40 hunting licenses, until then only a few will be available. (895 pageviews)
  4. Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, a 19-year-old woman fell out of a window Police said the Columbia woman had been drinking alcohol before the fall at 101 Orr St. (849 pageviews)
  5. In September, the Columbia City Council amended the city's code to allow for two gender-neutral bathrooms, rather than one for each gender. The change allows businesses to install gender-neutral bathrooms, but they are not mandatory. The city's Human Rights Commission, which first petitioned the city council for the change, is providing money to pay for outreach about the availability of family-assisted bathrooms. (604 pageviews)
  6. The Detroit Pistons released Kim English, a former Missouri basketball player, on Thursday. (579 pageviews)
  7. Brennan Reynolds, 2, was killed in Holts Summit after being struck by a car in a private driveway on July 5. He was hit by a 2003 Ford Explorer on County Road 385, which was driven by Mary D. Foster, 54, of Holts Summit. (480 pageviews)

  8. There might have been an exchange of gunfire before two cars crashed on July 7. It also looked like the cars were chasing one another, according to a witness. A another vehicle was hit, but was not thought to be involved. A handgun and a shell casing were found at the scene. (451 pageviews). 
  9. Arthur Evans turned himself into police for an accident on July 2, when he drove his car into a garage at 1102 Vintage Drive after failing to execute a turn. He had a blood alcohol content level above the legal limit of .08, according to a release from police. (446 pageviews)
  10. The Missourian compiled a timeline and embedded documents from Ryan Ferguson's 14th attempt to overturn the 2005 conviction in the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. (433 pageviews)

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