INTERACTIVE: Signs aimed at save lives

GRAPHIC: Sorority asks City Council to approve demolition plan

The Alpha Chi Omega sorority is asking the Columbia City Council to approve its plan to demolish two single-family homes on Tiger Avenue and rezone the land as a parking lot. If approved, the parking would have 33 spots for sorority members.

MAP: E-cigarette bans by state

Missouri is the 41st state to ban selling e-cigarettes to minors. Among the states that have bans, 31 define an e-cigarette, two define products made or derived from tobacco or nicotine and nine do not define an e-cigarette. States define e-cigarettes by placing them in a new category of tobacco products or by adding them to existing tobacco laws. Eight states do not ban e-cigarette sales to minors.

GRAPHIC: Xenex robots emit UV-C rays to disinfect hospital rooms

The Xenex robot stands about three feet tall without its telescopic light extended and can be pushed from room to room with a handle like a pushcart. The UV light effectively kills up to 99.9 percent of germs within an 8 foot radius of the robot. Typically, the machines are arranged around a room in a few different configurations, which
ensures more surfaces are disinfected.


A burglary was reported in the 5500 block of Rocky Fork Drive early Saturday morning.

MAP: Harvest Hootenanny

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture’s fifth annual fall fundraiser featured local food, music, games and a live auction. The event was Saturday afaternoon at the Urban Farm, 1209 Smith St.

GRAPHIC: Police dispatch data for Aspen Heights

Columbia police were dispatched to Aspen Heights 326 times between Jan. 1 and Oct. 2. About 22 percent of the calls were for disturbances or noise complaints. There were two reports of shots fired. Not all of these dispatches resulted in a police report.

New gym offers speed kickboxing

A new gym in Columbia, 9 Round Fitness and Kickboxing, features speed kickboxing and offers 30-minute workout sessions. The sessions offer nine stations of exercises, which target different areas of the body. The gym is located at 901 E. Nifong Blvd.

Hanover Incident Map

On Monday afternoon, police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 1600 block of Hanover Boulevard.

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.