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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.

COLLEGE AVENUE SAFETY

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.

MAP: Confirmed cases of enterovirus 68

In August 2014, hospital officials in Kansas City and Chicago notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an increase in severe respiratory illnesses in their emergency rooms. Enterovirus 68, a rare type of enterovirus, was identified in 19 people in Kansas City and 11 in Chicago. As of Sept. 11, the CDC has confirmed 82 cases of respiratory illness caused by the virus in six states, and six others have reported clusters of undefined enteroviruses. There have been no confirmed cases of enterovirus 68 or clusters of enteroviruses reported in Boone County.

MAP: The fair markets

If the Marketplace Fairness Act is passed, sales tax collection would be required for all products shipped to the 23 states with full membership in the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, which would establish sales taxes for most out-of-state online vendors. The U.S. Senate passed the bill in 2013, but the U.S. House of Representatives has not yet voted on it.

Location of Katy Bridge in Boonville

The Katy Bridge Coalition is raising money to restore the Katy Bridge in Boonville. Although the coalition has secured money to pave the bridge, more funding could integrate the bridge into the Katy Trail.

MAP: Locations of District Wi-Fi routers

Each day, 3,000 people connect to The District’s Wi-Fi. Eleven routers spread throughout downtown make it possible.

MAP: Land for bike path in discussion

The Missouri Bike and Pedestrian Federation wants to create The Rock Island Trail, a bike path that would span from Kansas City to St. Louis. The organization is in talks with Ameren Missouri about purchasing 120 miles of land it owns from Windsor to Union. The company will decide whether to sell by the end of the month.

Land for bike path in discussion

The Missouri Bike and Pedestrian Federation wants to create The Rock Island Trail, a bike path that would span from Kansas City to St. Louis. The organization is in talks with Ameren Missouri about purchasing 120 miles of land it owns from Windsor to Union. The company will decide whether to sell by the end of the month.

Missouri and other states undergo minimum wage changes in 2014

Thirteen states have raised their minimum wage since the beginning of 2014, and five states will vote on whether to increase the minimum wage in midterm elections in November. Missouri’s minimum wage is $7.50 and adjusts for inflation each year. President Barack Obama is asking Congress to raise the $7.25 federal minimum wage level.

Mo-99 production involves number of steps

This graphic details how the radioactive isotope goes from raw material to patients.

MAP: Missouri 4th Congressional District

In Missouri’s 4th Congressional District primaries on Aug. 5, incumbent Vicky Hartzler is running against John Webb for the GOP nomination and Randy Langkraehr is running against Herschel Young for the Libertarian nomination. Democrat Nate Irvin is running unopposed.

MAP: Missouri's 47th House District

Missouri’s 47th House District comprises parts of northern and western Columbia and parts of Howard, Boone, Cooper and Randolph counties, including the communities of Harrisburg, Rocheport, Wooldridge and Higbee. The Republican candidates in the Aug. 5 primary are Chuck Basye and Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips. The Democratic incumbent, John Wright, is unopposed in the primary.

MAP: Route B bridge demolition detour

Demolition of the Route B bridge will begin at 6 a.m. Friday and continue until Sept. 15. A portion of Business Loop 70 will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday between College Avenue and Old 63 while the bridge is being demolished.

MAP: Department of Conservation sets limits for hunters

The Missouri Department of Conservation has set the number of antlerless deer that hunters in the Columbia/Jefferson City urban zone can kill with firearms during the 2014 fall deer hunting season. Previously, there was no limit to the number of antlerless deer that hunters could kill inside the urban zone, but the limit has now been set at two. Outside the urban zone, the limit was two antlerless deer and has now been set at one.

CHART: Boone County home sales trending upward

Despite a small dip in May, home sales in the past year have shown improvement over previous 12-month periods. This is most apparent during mid-spring and early summer, when home sales typically peak.

CHART: June rainfall returns to normal

June's storms marked a comeback from droughts in the past two years, but total rainfall was only slightly higher than the 30-year average.

CHART: Missouri public defenders’ reported and estimated working hours by case type

According to a 2014 study of the Missouri State Public Defender System, public defenders are not spending enough time working on each case because they have too many cases to work on. Tasks for a case can include client communication, evidence gathering and submission, investigation and case preparation. This chart provides a comparison between the estimated time needed per case and average reported working hours.
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