October 26, 2014
A Missourian analysis found that the Columbia Police Department has 2.13 officers for every 1,000 calls that it receives from residents, good for fourth highest out of the nine Missouri cities and college towns examined. But Proposition 1 would add 40 officers, putting Columbia just behind College Station, home to Texas A&M., which benefited from fielding nearly 30,000 fewer service calls than the Columbia Police Department in 2013.
After years of incremental hiring and a standstill since 2010, Proposition 1 would allow the Columbia Police Department to hire 40 new officers.
in calls initiated by officers, meaning they spent less time seeking out issues in the community and more time responding to service calls. Officers try to spend a third of their time on each, and another third of their time doing paperwork associated with the service calls.
Since 2010, the Columbia Police Department has maintained a roster of 160 officers, departing from a trend of adding two to four officers per year going back to the 1990s. The freeze coincides with an 18 percent decrease
October 25, 2014
In the 2014 general election, incumbent Vicky Hartzler is facing Herschel Young and Nate Irvin in the 4th Congressional District. It was redrawn in 2012, moving Boone County from the 9th District.
October 24, 2014
On Monday, Columbia City Council discussed staff recommendations for 10 miles of additional roadways to add to priority snow routes. The city would have to add new signage to the roadways at a cost of $800.
October 23, 2014
Pew Research Center found 40 percent of Internet users have personally experienced harassment online. Respondents to Pew Research Center said they were the target of at least one of the following online.
A new report from the Pew Research Center found 73 percent of adult Internet users have seen someone online being harassed. Users reported seeing at least one of the following occur to others online.
October 21, 2014
Campus Decorations will be on display at MU Greektown Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be skits centered around this year’s theme “Oh, the places you’ll go!” Vendors will be located throughout Greektown, including Dip ‘N’ Dots, D Dee’s Kettle Korn and Playing With Fire: Woodfired Pizza.
Saturday is MU’s 103rd Homecoming. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at the corner of Tiger Avenue and Rollins Street and ends at Sixth and Elm streets.
Columbia Public Schools is hosting a community meeting in a “World Cafe” style to discuss topics related to student achievement, enrichment and opportunity.
October 20, 2014
According to a Columbia police news release, Willis Stokes III, 54, confessed to setting six fires around downtown Columbia between early Sunday and early Monday morning. His bond was set at $27,000.
October 19, 2014
The city of Columbia accepted a recent donation of five acres of land adjacent to the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. The city plans to use the land as a neighborhood park for a nearby subdivision. The park will also provide the subdivision’s residents with public access to the 89.5 acres of land in the Bonnie View Sanctuary.
October 16, 2014
Rex Sinquefield, Missouri's most prolific political donor, has contributed $800,000 to Catherine Hanaway's 2016 gubernatorial campaign. His contribution to Hanaway is his largest since 2008 to a candidate for a public office, but he has given more in support of conservative interest groups and ballot initiatives.
MU College of Engineering’s Lafferre Hall will receive $38.5 million in bonds for renovations and repairs. The Board of Public Buildings approved the bond after Gov. Jay Nixon toured Lafferre Hall on Thursday.
In the battle over Amendment 3, which would implement new teacher evaluations tied to promotions and dismissals, supporters of the Committee in Support of Public Education ended April with $1.76 million less than the Rex Sinquefield-backed Teach Great. But while the pro-amendment group stopped raising money after the spring, money raised by Missouri teacher groups has skyrocketed during the past three months.
The Ability Exhibit, a traveling exhibition that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities, was at MU from Oct. 14 to 16. According to a 2012 report, 14.1 percent of people of all ages in Missouri have disabilities. Of that number, the percentage of people with disabilities varies by age group.
Donors have given more than 100,000 pints of blood through the Homecoming blood drive since 1985, according to Daphne Mathew, communications director for the American Red Cross. Donations increased by about 55 percent between 2010 and 2013. The goal for 2014 is 5,250 pints.
October 14, 2014
A celebration at Douglass Park in honor of Almeta Crayton will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Douglass Park. Crayton died Oct. 21, 2013. Crayton served as First Ward councilwoman from 1999-2008, and started Everybody Eats!, a program that provides Columbia residents a free Thanksgiving meal. The program continues as Almeta Crayton's Everybody Eats.
October 13, 2014
October 12, 2014
Shots were fired in the 1000 block of East Broadway early Sunday morning. A male victim was wounded in the incident.