November 26, 2013
The MU Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security combines data about a variety of factors, including poverty, race and unemployment, to determine how many households are “food uncertain.” The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, which serves Boone and 31 other counties, distributed more than 28 million tons of food in 2012.
Since it was first introduced in the 1960s, the number of Americans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the federal funding for the program have risen. In particular, since the recession in 2009, the amount spent on SNAP has increased sharply, as shown in the inflation-adjusted graph below.
The following chart shows the prevalence of food insecurity in American households for 2012. Food insecurity is defined as not having access or having limited access to enough nutrition for an active and healthy lifestyle. In 2012, households with a single female head of family had a food insecurity rate of 35.4 percent.
Since 1969, the number of Americans claiming benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rose from 3 million to more than 46 million. SNAP offers nutritional assistance for low-income individuals and families. Since 2000, the number of Americans who receive SNAP benefits has more than doubled.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service defines food insecurity as households that don’t always have access to adequate food for a healthy and active lifestyle or depend on additional financial support and other measures to obtain sufficient nutrition. Combining state averages of food insecure households over three years, the service calculated the national average at 14.7 percent. Missouri sits in the most dire category with a food insecurity rate above the U.S. average.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, black and Hispanic households were most at risk from food insecurity in 2012. Households labeled as food insecure have limited access to nutrition for a healthy and active lifestyle. The national average in 2012 for food insecure households was 14.5 percent, and more than 24.6 percent of black and 23.3 percent of Hispanic households were food insecure.
November 22, 2013
In 2012, 1,007 people were admitted to Boone County’s Division of Behavioral Health substance abuse programs. That’s down from 1,439 people admitted in 2010. In the past three years, methamphetamine and heroin are the only substances for which admissions have grown.
November 21, 2013
The Collegiate Licensing Co., charged with enforcing the copyright of MU’s logos, sent a cease and desist letter to the Green Forest School District in Arkansas. Collegiate Licensing officials argue that the district’s logo looks too similar to that of MU Athletics.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force investigates crimes committed using computers, cellphones or the Internet in Boone, Audrain, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard and Randolph counties. The crimes investigated include child pornography, trafficking of children and cyberbullying.
November 19, 2013
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November 18, 2013
Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a drop-in public meeting to gather input for the development of a new pickleball court at Albert-Oakland Park. People are invited to come from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at New Haven Elementary School. They will be able to give input on the proposed plans.
The National Weather Service received nearly 700 high wind, hail and tornado reports Sunday from across the Midwest. Of those, 87 were tornado reports. The National Weather service says the actual number of tornadoes will be closer to 30 or 40 because many tornadoes are reported multiple times. One of the most destructive tornadoes hit near Peoria, Ill. Six people in Illinois are confirmed dead.
November 17, 2013
In 2007, President George W. Bush signed a law requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year. To meet this increased demand for corn, farmers began cultivating land that had been set aside for conservation.
A 2007 law requiring oil companies to blend billions of gallons of ethanol into gasoline sparked an ethanol boom; U.S. farmers have since planted more than 15 million additional acres of corn. Some of the ground plowed up for cornfields had been lying fallow to benefit the environment.
November 15, 2013
Three new entrances to the Columbia Mall along Bernadette Drive are now open. New traffic lights have been activated at the Hutchens Drive and Knipp Street entrances.
CHART: Chancellor Brady Deaton's impact at MU
November 14, 2013
The city of Columbia has purchased thirty acres of farmland next to Battle High School. The land cost more than half a million dollars, though no funds exist to develop the land into a park.
MU’s endowment, or the pool of funds donated to the university, has increased by more than 600 percent since Brady Deaton became chancellor in 2004. In 2012, the university received its largest endowment gift, $30.1 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which funds the operation of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
TIMELINE: Looking back on Brady Deaton's life and career
Fall enrollment for MU has increased during Chancellor Brady Deaton’s tenure at MU. Since 1997, fall enrollment for undergraduates has increased by about 55 percent. Graduate and professional student enrollment increased by about 61 percent and 8 percent, respectively.