MAP: Four West African countries have confirmed Ebola ca

On Tuesday, the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the patient travelled from West Africa. CDC reports 6,574 cases and 3,091 deaths. Countries with reported Ebola cases are labeled.

MAP: Lots of work to do

MU vice chancellor and chief operating officer Gary Ward presented a 50-page master plan to Boone County commissioners and detailed possible construction projects across campus last week. The plan revealed that 42 percent of buildings on campus are in below-average condition or worse and that 4 percent need to be replaced.

GRAPHIC: Village Square Park to shut down

The city has declined to renew its lease with First Christian Church for Village Square Park and the parking lot north of the church. The park will be closed by the end of the year. The church owns the parking lot and will decide what to do with it.

GRAPHIC: Choosing the right plan

The University of Missouri System is offering three health care plans to its employees for 2015. The Custom Network Plan debuts next year and will offer discounted plans for employees in nine counties within range of MU Health Care facilities.

GRAPHIC: CDC recommends nasal spray influenza vaccine for some children

The CDC recommends children between 2 and 8 years old be vaccinated with the nasal spray influenza vaccine, rather than the traditional injection, for the 2014-15 flu season. The recommendation is based on studies suggesting the nasal spray is more effective in children than the injectable vaccine. Although some versions of the injection protect against only three strains of the flu, the nasal spray protects against four.

GRAPHIC: Stephens College joins the pack

Stephens College just became an official campus for, a social media site that showcases dogs. The school already allows students to keep animals in its dorm Searcy Hall, commonly referred to as “Pet Central,” and even has a day care system for pets. This commitment to animals made Stephens number six on U.S. News and World Report’s list of top 10 pet-friendly colleges in the country in 2011.

MAP: Counties eligible for Custom Network Plan

University of Missouri System employees in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Osage, or Randolph County will have access to a third health care plan in 2015. Employees covered by the plan will not pay a deductible for in-network services at MU Health Care facilities, unlike in the other two plans. All employees not in those nine counties will only have access to the Healthy Savings Plan and Preferred Provider Plan.

MAP: Location of Monday's incidents

Police arrested four teenagers early Monday morning on suspicion of robbery, assault and resisting or interfering with arrest. Police report two men were assaulted near SoCo Club and one man’s wallet was stolen. Police arrested the suspects on Broadway near the Walgreens.

GRAPHIC: Equipment the Columbia Police Department procured from federal government

Since 2001, the Columbia Police Department has received $40,279.08 worth of free, surplus military equipment from the Department of Defense through the Defense Logistics Agency’s 1033 program. A visual breakdown of the items the Columbia Police Department procured is below. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this graphic incorrectly stated who paid for the equipment.

GRAPHIC: How to safely hang a hammock from trees

Using trees as the anchors for a hammock can damage bark and even kill trees. In order to safely hang hammocks in parks and other wooded areas, use the following tips to preserve the health of anchoring trees.

GRAPHIC: Utility bills to rise

The city will boost monthly bills for electricity and sewer in fiscal 2015.

MAP: City hopes to improve Cosmo-Bethel Park

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of proposing a $150,000 project that would improve Cosmo-Bethel Park. The project would add lighting at four of the park’s 12 tennis courts and pave the gravel trail around the lake.

CHART: MU journalism faculty make slightly less than overall average

The average salaries for professors, associate professors and assistant professors at MU are slightly higher than the salaries for Missouri School of Journalism faculty. On average the overall MU faculty salaries were $5,842 more than their journalism counterparts.

MAP: Gerbes fuel station site

On Thursday evening, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on a request from the owners of Gerbes market on Broadway to set up a fuel station.

MAP: Biological conditions of Hinkson Creek

Four of 11 test sites (in red) at Hinkson Creek are considered unable to fully support aquatic life​, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

GRAPHIC: Tobacco purchase age is 21

First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick proposed an ordinance increasing the age of tobacco purchase in
Columbia to 21. Four states have counties and towns where 21 is the minimum age to purchase tobacco products. A bill in the New Jersey Senate would increase the age of purchase to 21 statewide.

MAP: Shots fired near Gentry Middle School

Shortly before the students at Gentry Middle School were released Thursday, shots were fired at nearby Cosmo-Bethel Park.


The map shows the recommendations for changes in traffic operations, which might occur due to prohibition of left-turns.

MAP: Local historians try to preserve Boone's Lick Trail

Boone’s Lick Trail played a pivotal role in the westward expansion of America. The 0.6 mile piece shown in the map is the only remaining stretch of the original Boone’s Lick Trail. David Sapp and other local historians are trying to preserve it.

MAP: Mizzou Quick Care Clinics

MU Health Care and Hy-Vee, one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains, are opening three Mizzou Quick Care clinics to provide convenient care for common illnesses seven days a week. The clinic at the Conley Road Hy-Vee opened Sept. 8, the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee location opened Sept. 9 and the location at the West Broadway Hy-Vee opens Sept. 15.