The West Boulevard, Garth Avenue and Range Line Street I-70 bridges are set to be reconstructed by the end of 2016. The project will cost $18 million.

Scott Boulevard construction to begin this year

The $11.6 million construction project along Scott Boulevard includes bike lanes, a new bridge over Mill Creek and a roundabout at Route KK.

Water and electric project expected to cause traffic restrictions on Business Loop 70 West

Columbia Water and Light will be replacing a 12-inch water line Wednesday on Business Loop 70 West from Jefferson Street to Garth Avenue. In conjunction with this project, an electric line conduit will be installed to transition the overhead lines underground. The project is expected to take several weeks, and the utility work will possibly prevent motorists from heading east because work will take place on the south side lane of the Business Loop.

Colleges of Missouri Senators

The Washington Post recently reported that MU is one of the “most represented colleges” in the U.S. Senate. But in Missouri, only two out of the last 10 senators graduated from MU.

Nous sommes tous Charlie

The Missouri School of Journalism will host a panel exploring issues of free expression in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack in France. It will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Gannett Hall.

Function of copper grounding wire

Copper grounding wires, which run from transformers into the ground to avoid an electrical surge, were stolen from more than 200 electrical poles in Columbia.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission plans to bridge gap between Grindstone and Stephens Lake Park

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission is considering four options for a trail that would connect the Grindstone Nature Area to Stephens Lake Park. PedNet, an active transportation advocacy group, has recommended to the commission the development of options 1 and 3. Check out the proposed trails for the project.

Diesel exhaust fluid locations around Columbia

The Environmental Protection Agency requires diesel vehicles to use diesel exhaust fluid, injected into the exhaust stream, to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides into the air. Diesel exhaust fluid is available in
Columbia, typically at outlets close to highways.

GRAPHIC: How does an SCR System work?

Selective Catalytic Reduction systems are a new kind of emissions control system for diesel engine vehicles.The system uses diesel exhaust fluid, an ammonia-based liquid, to turn nitrogen oxide — a pollutant — into nitrogen, oxygen and a small amount of carbon dioxide. The diesel exhaust fluid tank is stored where a spare tire would go in a normal car. This system can reduce emissions in diesel vehicles to meet 2010 Environmental Protection Agency standards.

GRAPHIC: Most crashes in the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F fit into one of six categories

Many of the fatal crashes in the 13 counties that Troop F patrols follow six trends in 2014. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, inattention is the leading cause of accidents. Drivers veer off and over-correct into the opposite lane or on the side of the road. Accidents also commonly happen when merging onto the highway or when drivers fail to notice slowed or stopped traffic ahead. About 70 percent of fatal accidents fall into one of those categories.

With new assistant physician designation, the differences are in the details

A law that passed in the last legislative session created a new position in the medical field between a physician assistant and a medical doctor. The position is intended for students who graduate from medical school but don't get a residency. It's designed to be a non-permanent position.

Armed robbery happens in Denny’s

A man with a handgun robbed the Denny’s restaurant on Knipp Street early Saturday morning. The gunman ran away and nobody was hurt, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

CHART: MAUI Invitational Championship Round

MAP: Gathering at the Second Missionary Baptist Church

GRAPHIC: Plans for new Columbia elementary school

Columbia Public Schools broke ground on a new elementary school in southwest Columbia on Monday. The school will be built on land purchased from the Sapp family for $2.8 million.

New trail to connect Cosmo Park to diverging diamond

A new trail will allow pedestrians to cross Interstate 70 and safely walk to Cosmo Park. This is the first in a series of planned new trails and trail improvements.

MAP: Best-valued pastureland is in the Northwest

In July, MU Extension researchers conducted a survey to estimate the price of pastureland per acre. Livestock graze in grassland areas. Northwestern and southeastern parts of the state were valued the highest by rural appraisers, real estate agents and brokers. There were 214 respondents. The land that was looked at was deemed “good” by the people who participated in the survey.

MAP: Best-valued cropland is in Southeast region

In July, MU Extension researchers conducted a survey to estimate the price of cropland per acre. The Bootheel, the most southeastern part of the state, was valued the highest by rural appraisers, real estate agents and brokers. There were 214 respondents who appraised land they deemed “good,” according to the survey.

GRAPHIC: NFL defensive linemen draft picks

NFL teams have drafted eight Missouri defensive linemen since 2001. Two more are expected to go pro next season — Shane Ray and Markus Golden. Ray is a redshirt junior but is pegged as a top-10 pick in most mock drafts.

GRAPHIC: Missouri 44th District map

Caleb Rowden and Tom Pauley are running for the 44th district seat in the Missouri House.