WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: The Missourian's website will move away from its 24-hour paywall system

Sunday, June 8, 2014 | 7:27 p.m. CDT; updated 7:21 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 9, 2014

COLUMBIA — The week's most-read story was a Dear Readers column from executive editor Tom Warhover that informed readers of the Missourian website's transition away from the 24-hour paywall system to a Google survey system for non-digital members. Conservationists hope to protect paddlefish populations from threats coming from sport fishing and egg harvests for caviar.

Most of the links provided are to stories available only for Missourian digital subscribers.

Here are the 10 most popular stories last week on, according to Google Analytics.

  1. Tom Warhover, executive editor of the Missourian, explained in a Dear Readers column that will move away from its previous 24-hour paywall model to Google surveys system. Digital members will be able to read the news without taking the surveys. (2,341 page views)

  2. Paddlefish populations are suffering not only because of the species' popularity as a source of caviar but also in sport fishing. Conservationists are trying to protect the fish from the same harsh fate as similar species, which were harvested for their eggs. (1,138 page views)

  3. A 28-year-old Columbia man drowned May 30 at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Adam Pedego and two others had jumped in to save another man, who was rescued, but Pedego did not resurface.. (664 page views)
  4. Former Missouri star E.J. Gaines must get used to the St. Louis Rams' training schedule in a hurry. He and other rookies fight during the offseason to make the team's roster. (598 page views)
  5. After Wednesday's thunderstorm tore the roof from Prairie Home R-V School, the community gathered to clean up the damage and offer support. The local restaurant donated food, and community members showed up without being asked to help. (555 page views)
  6. The Missourian outlines everything we know about the controversial Opus Development for downtown student housing. We explain what agreements between the Columbia City Council and the developers have already been in place and the statuses of community petitions, among other key points. (545 page views)
  7. Wednesday's storm that swept through Columbia and Boone County left damage, including flooding, fires and power outages. It even left one man trapped in his bedroom under a fallen tree. (502 page views)
  8. Casey Stangel, former Missouri softball pitcher and a rising sophomore, announced her transfer to the University of Washington via Twitter on May 31. She was expected to be part of one of the best pitching duos in the country along with former teammate Tori Finucane. (471 page views)
  9. Former San Antonio Spurs staffer Matt Herring will join the Missouri basketball staff as the director for Athletic Performance. Herring held a similar position with the Spurs for two years. (447 page views)

  10. Read and watch West Middle School eighth-graders answer the question, "What do you hope you can say about yourself in four years?" Warning: Cuteness ahead. (442 page views)

Supervising editor is Ben Kupiszewski.

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