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Columbia Armory has standing

The Armory Sports and Recreation Center at 701 E. Ash St. made the National Historic Register in 1990 as a National Guard Armory, but it does not qualify as an early Cold War armory because it was built too early. The recreation center is used for basketball, volleyball, meetings and various other programs.

New Columbia Public Schools boundary map

The Columbia Public School District is currently working to readjust its boundary lines, adding in Beulah Ralph Elementary School. The boundary lines, including the new seventh school, are below. Fairview Road South and Chapel Wood road have been added back to the Fairview Elementary boundary, from which they had initially been removed.

Existing Columbia Public Schools boundary map

The Columbia Public School District is working to readjust several school boundary lines, adding in Beulah Ralph Elementary School. The lines of the six schools that will be affected are below.

GRAPHIC: Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission supports trail options backed by PedNet

The trails would connect the Grindstone Nature Area to Stephens Lake Park. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission supports options 1 and 3, which were recommended by PedNet, an active transportation advocacy group.

Hydrogen leak prompts evacuation at MU

Firefighters shut off a leaking hydrogen tank at the MU Animal Science Research Center after an employee failed to properly connect the full tank to an empty one. Center staff evacuated the building, and no one was injured in the accident.

GRAPHIC: CoMO Connect to introduce new bus shelters

CoMO Connect plans to introduce 30 to 40 new bus shelters at various bus stops around the city over the next two years. The city of Columbia partnered with MU students to design a sustainable shelter while also fulfilling the needs of riders.

GRAPHIC: Commercial use of hemp

A new bill would allow the production of industrial hemp in Missouri. The introduction of hemp production could result in the manufacturing of these products.

GRAPHIC: Hemp production in the US

Missouri House of Representatives Bill 830 would allow the legal production of industrial hemp. According to a Congressional Research Service Report, nine states have already legalized the cultivation and research of industrial hemp. CORRECTION: An earlier caption for this map said the bill had passed the House; it hadn't as of March 19.

GRAPHIC: Body found in Hinkson Creek

The body of Cyle Crowley was found Tuesday morning in Hinkson Creek east of Providence Road and south of Mick Deaver Memorial Drive.

GRAPHIC: Chronic Wasting Disease found in Cole County

The state announced that a case was found in Centertown, Missouri. This is the first case that has been found outside the six-county “Chronic Wasting Disease Containment Zone.”

GRAPHIC: Timeline of Mack Rhoades' career

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announces Mack Rhoades as MU's athletics director following the resignation of Mike Alden. Here's a look at events in Rhoades' career leading up to the announcement.

GRAPHIC: Rhoades to lead MU Tigers

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Mack Rhoades as MU's new athletics director Monday. Rhoades, who was Houston's athletics director from 2009 to 2015, will succeed 17-year MU veteran Mike Alden in April. Here's a comparison of Rhoades' new program to his old one:

Park Hills water bills lost in the mail

Postal officials in the small town of Park Hills said they don't know where residents' water bills have gone. Park Hills is located in Southeastern Missouri.

Annexation of the battle school properties

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission held public hearings Thursday night on the proposed annexation of the Battle High School, Battle Elementary School and Battle Avenue Park properties, which comprise a total of 146 acres. The properties would be zoned R-1. Annexation of the school properties is required under a development agreement approved by the Columbia City Council in 2014.

INTERACTIVE: 911 calls increase in Boone County

COMO Connect to offer free bus rides for True/False

The city of Columbia and COMO Connect have adjusted the bus routes for this weekend in anticipation of the True/False Film Fest. COMO Connect will offer free rides on its regular bus routes and on a special True/False route between venues.

GRAPHIC: Four-day school week gains popularity among rural districts

The Miller school board voted for shorter school weeks on Monday. Miller officials believe the shorter school week will help the district save thousands of dollars. Eight rural districts in Missouri have adopted the four-day school week, including Pierce City on February 18.

GRAPHIC: MidwayUSA sewer connection agreement map

A city of Columbia sewer extension from the Henderson Branch would serve MidwayUSA. The sewer project would extend the city sewer out to the Midway area and allow for the elimination of many wastewater treatment facilities in the area

GRAPHIC: Proposed community improvement district on Business Loop 70

Property owners along Business Loop 70 are trying to establish a community improvement district in hopes of revitalizing the area. City Clerk Sheela Amin said she expects a public hearing to discuss the proposal to be held April 6.

GRAPHIC: Proposed bus shelter eligibility areas

COMO Connect public transit system plans to add 30 to 40 new bus shelters over the next year or so. The bus shelters do not have exact locations yet, but they must fall in the boundaries designated by the Community Development Block Grant.
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