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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.

CHART: Diversity in Medical School Graduation Rates 1979-2011

Survey statistics in the Diversity in Medical Education report from the Association of American Medical Colleges shows the overall number of white students graduating from medical school has fallen since 1980, but they still outnumber the closest minority by almost 3 to 1. Asians have seen a rise in graduation rates while African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics and Native Americans have remained relatively flat. The chief diversity officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges said the best way to increase diversity is to focus on strengthening K-12 public education in the United States, particularly in rural and urban areas.

CHART: VA wait times

CHART: Forestry needed to capture carbon emissions from biogenic and non–biogenic sources

The total carbon dioxide emissions from non-biogenic sources decreased from 2010 to 2012. During the same period, carbon dioxide emissions from biogenic sources, or organic materials, have increased. This chart shows the amount of forest acreage that would be necessary to capture carbon dioxide emissions.

CHART: Search and arrest rates at traffic stops in Missouri

Search and arrest rates during traffic stops involving black drivers were higher than those involving white drivers for Columbia-area police departments in 2013.

MAP: Fourth ward sewer improvement projects

Columbia City Council approved two sewer projects located off of Stewart Road on Monday. Residents of that area have been experiencing sewer stoppages and backups for years. The two sewer projects will cost approximately $2.5 million in total.

CHART: Racial disparity at traffic stops in Missouri

The "disparity index" measures the likelihood drivers of a given race or ethnic group are stopped relative to their proportion of the residential population. Values greater than 1 indicate over representation in traffic stops. The values in the graph below show the disparity index of blacks in Missouri.

MAP: Proposed power line extension from Rebel Hill substation

The city plans to spend $1 million to extend a new power line into downtown Columbia from the Rebel Hill electric substation. The line would increase electric capacity downtown by 7 to 8 megawatts.

GRAPHIC: Recycling drop-off center to replace old Fire Station No. 7

Comet to create meteor shower visible in northern sky

GRAPHIC: College students share feelings of anxiety

A 2012 survey from the American College Health Association found that in the past year, more than 8 in 10 students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do. About half reported feeling “overwhelming anxiety” during the past year.

GRAPHIC: Missouri sex offenders who fail to complete program more likely to reoffend

Missouri requires offenders convicted of sexual assault to complete the Missouri Sex Offender Program before they can be considered for probation or parole. Data from 2004 through 2013 show a higher percentage of sex offenders who failed or refused the program had new convictions after their release compared to offenders who completed the program.

GRAPIC: Unemployment rates for 2011 college graduates

In December 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, the unemployment rate for 20 to 29-year-olds who earned a bachelor’s degree in May 2011 was 13.5 percent. The unemployment rate for those who earned an advanced degree that same year was 8.6 percent. Women who earned a a bachelor’s degree in May 2011 had a slightly lower unemployment rate than that year’s male graduates.

GRAPHIC: Percentage of students graduating with debt

Sixty-three percent of college graduates in Missouri graduated with debt. The average amount of debt for those graduates was $23,030. Nationwide, 70 percent of students graduated with debt. Their average amount of debt is $29,400.

Where Columbia Public Schools receives its funding

In 2013, Columbia Public Schools received about 67 percent of its funding from local revenue sources, a slight increase from about 62 percent in 2004. Since that year, the percentages of revenues from federal and state sources have decreased by about 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Columbia Public Schools’ student-teacher ratios

Elementary, middle and high schools had relatively consistent ratios of students per classroom teacher in 2013. The average student-teacher ratio for elementary schools was 19 students per classroom teacher. For middle schools and high schools, the average ratios were 18 and 17.5, respectively, though Douglass and Battle high schools had much lower ratios than Hickman and Rock Bridge.

Hickman, Rock Bridge ACT scores top state average

The average composite ACT score for members of the class of 2013 at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools was higher than the Missouri state average of 21.6. Douglass High School is an alternative public high school in Columbia with a score lower than the state average. Muriel Battle High School, which will graduate its first class in 2015, does not yet have information available

Columbia Public Schools free or reduced-price lunch enrollment

The percentage of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program in Columbia Public Schools in 2013 increased by nearly 9 percent in 10 years. From 2004 to 2013, the enrollment percentage for Columbia Public Schools has been about 10 percentage points lower than the state average.

Columbia Public Schools MAP scores reflect achievement gap for minority students

Each year, students in grades three to eight in Missouri take a test called the Missouri Assessment Program. In 2013, the percentage of Columbia Public Schools students passing the English language arts and mathematics tests varied for different racial and ethnic groups.

Graduation rates lag for low-income and limited English proficiency students

Fewer than three in 10 students with limited English proficiency graduated from Columbia’s public high schools in 2013. For students who qualified for free or reduced-price lunch, the rate was more than seven in 10.
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