November 17, 2013
In 2007, President George W. Bush signed a law requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year. To meet this increased demand for corn, farmers began cultivating land that had been set aside for conservation.
A 2007 law requiring oil companies to blend billions of gallons of ethanol into gasoline sparked an ethanol boom; U.S. farmers have since planted more than 15 million additional acres of corn. Some of the ground plowed up for cornfields had been lying fallow to benefit the environment.
November 15, 2013
Three new entrances to the Columbia Mall along Bernadette Drive are now open. New traffic lights have been activated at the Hutchens Drive and Knipp Street entrances.
CHART: Chancellor Brady Deaton's impact at MU
November 14, 2013
The city of Columbia has purchased thirty acres of farmland next to Battle High School. The land cost more than half a million dollars, though no funds exist to develop the land into a park.
TIMELINE: Looking back on Brady Deaton's life and career
Fall enrollment for MU has increased during Chancellor Brady Deaton’s tenure at MU. Since 1997, fall enrollment for undergraduates has increased by about 55 percent. Graduate and professional student enrollment increased by about 61 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
MU’s endowment, or the pool of funds donated to the university, has increased by more than 600 percent since Brady Deaton became chancellor in 2004. In 2012, the university received its largest endowment gift, $30.1 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which funds the operation of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
November 11, 2013
Columbia is home to 5,199 U.S. veterans, which is nearly 6 percent of the total population. Most veterans currently living in Columbia served in the Vietnam War.
November 7, 2013
Missouri’s 45th House District includes much of north-central Columbia, including the Benton-Stephens, Vanderveen, Country Club Estates, Derby Ridge, Blue Ridge, Ridgeway, Douglass and north-central Columbia neighborhoods.
A new general management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is tentatively set to be released Friday. If enacted, it would replace the 1984 plan. The current plan restricts the number of canoes and horsepower of motorboats on the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in order to reduce ecological stress. Most sections of the river have horsepower limits. Labeled below are the maximum number of canoes that can be on a certain stretch on a day Friday through Sunday. The plan limits most sections to a fewer number of canoes on weekdays.
October 30, 2013
After the city acquired three lots of land near Douglass Park, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department developed two proposals for renovations and additions. Each plan would be implemented in two phases. Phase one has been funded, and phase two would happen later if funding is secured.
October 29, 2013
Boone County's per capita burglary rate from January through September 2013 is down from the same period last year and roughly on par with the 2010 per capita burglary rate.
The aggravated assault rate for Boone County from January through September of this year is at a five-year low: 153 assaults per 100,000 residents.
From January through September of 2013, Boone County's criminal homicide rate was 2.9 per 100,000 residents.
In 2013 there were fewer crimes per capita in Boone County compared to the annual average over the past five years. The data, which is collected January through September of each year, indicates only two areas of crime have increased. Numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.
Boone County's per capita rate of larceny, or nonviolent theft, is down slightly from the rate for the same period last year.
Boone County's per capita robbery rate from January through September 2013 was at a five-year low at 47 robberies per 100,000 residents.
Boone County's forcible rape rate between January and September 2013 was 24 per 100,000 residents, a five-year high.