April 2, 2014
The Senate Education Committee discussed Wednesday delaying implementation of the state’s Common Core Standards, though some have already been put in place. According to the Common Core website, the program is an education initiative that sets the expectations for what K-12 students should learn in mathematics and English Language Arts at each grade level. Missouri is among the 44 states to have fully adopted Common Core. This map shows the status of each state’s transition.
March 20, 2014
Deaths in Missouri due to heroin overdoses have been decreasing since 2011. After steadily climbing since 2007, heroin overdose deaths decreased in 2012 and 2013.
March 18, 2014
MU is considering its policy about what faculty and staff are required to report when a student makes a complaint of sexual harassment or other discrimination prohibited by Title IX. The Office of Civil Rights has proposed a policy for universities that would apply to all faculty.
March 16, 2014
Developers reached an agreement with the Columbia City Council to help pay for sewer connections in exchange for building permits for three new housing developments downtown.
March 13, 2014
The number of health care plans purchased on federal and state-run exchanges nearly doubled between Dec. 28 and March 1.
March 10, 2014
Hog farms in Missouri have been struck by a fast-spreading and deadly virus called porcine epidemic diarrhea. The reduced number of pigs in the market could lead to higher prices.
The number of Native American students enrolled at MU has been decreasing over the past five years. Native Americans make up less than 1 percent of MU's total student population. The bar chart shows the total number of Native American students, including undergraduate, professional and graduate students. The bottom chart shows Native Americans as a percentage of MU’s student body.
March 9, 2014
Two large oil slicks found near Tho Chu island offered the first sign that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had crashed into the ocean. The plane, which was carrying 239 people, disappeared from radar early Saturday morning.
Since 2003, residents of the University Village apartment complex submitted 226 requests for maintenance related to structural problems. Leaks and floor problems were the most frequent reasons for building maintenance requests.
According to a report from the engineering firm Trabue, Hansen and Hinshaw Inc., a concrete shear failure along the outer edge of University Village Building 707’s walkway caused it to collapse Feb. 22. The collapse resulted in the death of Lt. Bruce Britt of the Columbia Fire Department. Here's how the collapse happened.
The walkway in front of University Village's Building 707 collapsed Feb. 22, leading to the death of Columbia Fire Department Lt. Bruce Britt. University records from 2008 show a recommendation that the building be demolished because of its poor condition. This map shows each building color-coded based on the repair recommendations for the buildings' walkways from the structural engineering firm Trabue, Hansen and Hinshaw Inc.’s Feb. 23 report.
Since 2003, tenants at University Village apartment complex have made more than 226 requests for maintenance regarding structural damage, water leakage and cracked floors. Twenty maintenance requests were made for Building 707 before the walkway collapsed on Feb. 22.
February 28, 2014
Proposed plans for a new elementary school include a roundabout, several sports courts and an area for a park.
February 27, 2014
A new type of cellphone infrastructure could be under construction in the next five years in Missouri. Small antenna nodes would replace single, large cellphone towers, allowing bigger coverage areas and better signal quality. The antenna nodes could be attached to existing utility poles.
“March March,” the kickoff parade for the True/False Film Fest, begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday. The parade begins at Courthouse Square then proceeds down Ninth Street to the Missouri Theatre. There will be live music and entertainers. All members of the public are welcome to participate. For more information, visit truefalse.org.
February 24, 2014
MU, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the city are developing plans to prevent jaywalking. The preferred plans include two crosswalks and a barrier. Another plan includes adding a stoplight at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and South College Avenue.
February 18, 2014
Aspen Heights in Columbia
February 17, 2014
Thirteen ballot initiatives submitted by Show-Me Cannabis have been approved by Secretary of State Jason Kander. Here's a look at the similarities of the initiatives. Although all of the initiatives allow for various forms of marijuana, they place different limits on how much of each different form a person can possess.
Author and MU professor Jeffrey L. Pasley, is one of three finalists for the George Washington Book Prize. He was nominated for his work “The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy.”