August 15, 2014
This graphic details how the radioactive isotope goes from raw material to patients.
July 23, 2014
In Missouri’s 4th Congressional District primaries on Aug. 5, incumbent Vicky Hartzler is running against John Webb for the GOP nomination and Randy Langkraehr is running against Herschel Young for the Libertarian nomination. Democrat Nate Irvin is running unopposed.
July 22, 2014
Missouri’s 47th House District comprises parts of northern and western Columbia and parts of Howard, Boone, Cooper and Randolph counties, including the communities of Harrisburg, Rocheport, Wooldridge and Higbee. The Republican candidates in the Aug. 5 primary are Chuck Basye and Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips. The Democratic incumbent, John Wright, is unopposed in the primary.
July 9, 2014
Demolition of the Route B bridge will begin at 6 a.m. Friday and continue until Sept. 15. A portion of Business Loop 70 will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday between College Avenue and Old 63 while the bridge is being demolished.
July 7, 2014
The Missouri Department of Conservation has set the number of antlerless deer that hunters in the Columbia/Jefferson City urban zone can kill with firearms during the 2014 fall deer hunting season. Previously, there was no limit to the number of antlerless deer that hunters could kill inside the urban zone, but the limit has now been set at two. Outside the urban zone, the limit was two antlerless deer and has now been set at one.
July 2, 2014
Despite a small dip in May, home sales in the past year have shown improvement over previous 12-month periods. This is most apparent during mid-spring and early summer, when home sales typically peak.
July 1, 2014
June's storms marked a comeback from droughts in the past two years, but total rainfall was only slightly higher than the 30-year average.
June 29, 2014
According to a 2014 study of the Missouri State Public Defender System, public defenders are not spending enough time working on each case because they have too many cases to work on. Tasks for a case can include client communication, evidence gathering and submission, investigation and case preparation. This chart provides a comparison between the estimated time needed per case and average reported working hours.
June 24, 2014
Survey statistics in the Diversity in Medical Education report from the Association of American Medical Colleges shows the overall number of white students graduating from medical school has fallen since 1980, but they still outnumber the closest minority by almost 3 to 1. Asians have seen a rise in graduation rates while African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics and Native Americans have remained relatively flat. The chief diversity officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges said the best way to increase diversity is to focus on strengthening K-12 public education in the United States, particularly in rural and urban areas.
June 13, 2014
June 12, 2014
The total carbon dioxide emissions from non-biogenic sources decreased from 2010 to 2012. During the same period, carbon dioxide emissions from biogenic sources, or organic materials, have increased. This chart shows the amount of forest acreage that would be necessary to capture carbon dioxide emissions.
June 2, 2014
Search and arrest rates during traffic stops involving black drivers were higher than those involving white drivers for Columbia-area police departments in 2013.
Columbia City Council approved two sewer projects located off of Stewart Road on Monday. Residents of that area have been experiencing sewer stoppages and backups for years. The two sewer projects will cost approximately $2.5 million in total.
May 31, 2014
The "disparity index" measures the likelihood drivers of a given race or ethnic group are stopped relative to their proportion of the residential population. Values greater than 1 indicate over representation in traffic stops. The values in the graph below show the disparity index of blacks in Missouri.
May 30, 2014
The city plans to spend $1 million to extend a new power line into downtown Columbia from the Rebel Hill electric substation. The line would increase electric capacity downtown by 7 to 8 megawatts.
May 26, 2014
May 22, 2014
May 15, 2014
A 2012 survey from the American College Health Association found that in the past year, more than 8 in 10 students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do. About half reported feeling “overwhelming anxiety” during the past year.
Missouri requires offenders convicted of sexual assault to complete the Missouri Sex Offender Program before they can be considered for probation or parole. Data from 2004 through 2013 show a higher percentage of sex offenders who failed or refused the program had new convictions after their release compared to offenders who completed the program.
In December 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, the unemployment rate for 20 to 29-year-olds who earned a bachelor’s degree in May 2011 was 13.5 percent. The unemployment rate for those who earned an advanced degree that same year was 8.6 percent. Women who earned a a bachelor’s degree in May 2011 had a slightly lower unemployment rate than that year’s male graduates.