MU Homecoming decorations will be displayed Friday night

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.

MAP: 2014 MU Homecoming parade route

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.

GRAPHIC: World Café event

Columbia Public Schools is hosting a community meeting in a “World Cafe” style to discuss topics related to student achievement, enrichment and opportunity.

GRAPHIC: Columbia man arrested in connection with setting fires

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.

GRAPHIC: City Accepts 5 Acres of Donated Land

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.

Rex Sinquefield's contributions from 2008-2014

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.

MAP: Money approved for Lafferre Hall renovations

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.

CHART: Amendment 3 Campaign Contributions

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.

Ages of someone with disabilities in Missouri

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.

Homecoming blood drive by the numbers

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.

Almeta Crayton’s celebration of life to be held at Douglass Park

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.

MAP: Why Ukrainians are seeking shelter

Shooting on East Broadway

Shots were fired in the 1000 block of East Broadway early Sunday morning. A male victim was wounded in the incident.

Top 10 Causes of Death

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report Wednesday that listed America's top 10 causes of death in 2012.

MAP: Drug arrest

Police arrested a woman Thursday on suspicion of selling meth and cocaine at a home in the 1400 block of Doris Drive.

GRAPHIC: Hinkson Creek Trail detours along Rock Quarry

The Hinkson Creek Bridge is under construction to repair wear-and-tear damage. During the construction, Hinkson Creek Trail traffic will detour along the shoulder of Rock Quarry Road and Capen Park Drive.

GRAPHIC: Missouri breakdown by SEC state

Missouri’s football roster makeup has changed since the Tigers moved from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference in 2012. As part of the SEC, Missouri is now securing more recruits from the southeast United States — especially Georgia and Florida. The chart below shows the number of players on Missouri’s roster from states with SEC teams (not included is Texas, which is represented in both the Big 12 and SEC).

Man found unconscious near Hickman High School

Columbia Police responded Monday afternoon to a report of stabbing behind a house near Hickman High School. When police arrived at 801 Washington Ave, they found Walter Lige, 59, lying unconscious in the backyard of the residence. He was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m. at University Hospital.

Assault reported in Schurz Residence Hall

A woman reported a sexual assault at Schurz Residence Hall
that happened during the late evening of Oct. 2 or the early morning of
Oct. 3.

Shots fired on Boyd Lane on Monday afternoon

Columbia Police responded to a call at 4:41 p.m. Monday. A witness said the shots came from a dark-colored vehicle with two men and a woman inside.