September 19, 2013
State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, says he is “thinking very seriously” about introducing a bill legalizing marijuana. Although only two states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized marijuana, several others have passed laws decriminalizing small amounts of the drug and allowing for medical use.
The downtown Panera Bread location will close at the end of 2013.
Pieces of the falling glass then hit the glass panel located on the mezzanine level of the stairwell, causing it to shatter as well. A deceased bird was also found on the adjacent Fifth Street sidewalk.
Around 4 a.m. Sept. 12, a Parking Utility staffer noticed the cracked glass, and cones were placed along the area. Around 5 p.m. later that day, the damaged ninth-floor glass panel fell out of its casing.
Security camera footage shows that an object struck and cracked the ninth-floor glass panel around 5 p.m. Sept. 11.
Mike Szydlowski, science coordinator for Columbia Public Schools, and Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, proposed a plan to build a nature-based school in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. The proposed school would implement nature-oriented lesson plans to teach the same subjects that public schools have.
Chronic wasting disease, a neurological disease found mostly in the deer family, spread across North America beginning in 1967. Prior to 2000, the disease was confined to parts of Colorado and Wyoming. No treatment has been found for the fatal disease, and infected animal populations are exterminated to prevent additional transmission.
Big-game-hunting ranch owners must obtain a permit from the Missouri Department of Conservation to hold captive deer behind a fence. These ranches give hunters a chance to shoot captive deer. The permits inform the department on the whereabouts of captive wildlife.
Deer breeders must obtain a permit from the Missouri Department of Conservation to breed deer on their property. The majority of captive white-tailed deer in Missouri belong to wildlife breeders.
First identified as a clinical disease in Colorado in 1967, chronic wasting disease has spread throughout the United States and Canada. Found mostly in the deer family, the neurological disease causes loss of body condition and eventual death.
Because of limited parking at Stephens Lake Park, shuttles will transport festival-goers to and from the festival this weekend. Shuttles will run continuously starting 30 minutes before festival gates open until one hour after the music ends. Included in the routes are five downtown parking garages as well as Holiday Inn Executive Center, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites, Budget Host Inn, Courtyard by Marriott and Stoney Creek Inn. Endless Shuttle passes grant unlimited round trips all weekend and are available for $5 at all stops, The Blue Note and at rootsnbluesnbbq.com.
September 18, 2013
Kickstarter was introduced to Columbia in 2009 with one successfully funded project. The number grew to 20 projects in 2012, and so far in 2013, 13 local projects have been funded.
There are many different types of Kickstarter projects. Some raise money to produce films or books; others raise money to start businesses such as restaurants or fashion stores. Each circle shows the different types of successful Kickstarter projects in Columbia and the number of each type.
September 16, 2013
Columbia resident Janet Moreland embarked on a trip down the 2,300-mile Missouri River in May. Now, four months later, she will make a brief stop in Columbia before continuing her trip to St. Louis and eventually down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.
Downtown zoning rules are about to change after the city hires an outside consultant to examine its zoning policies. Currently, developers building residential housing in Columbia have fewer restrictions than in other areas. In 2010, the Columbia City Council hired H3 Studio to make recommendations for downtown zoning. Their report designated areas for future development in the district.
September 13, 2013
Virgina Avenue South Housing is scheduled to open fall 2015. The residence hall is being built with “gender-flexible” bathrooms, in which the showers and toilets have complete privacy. This means the building could potentially house any combination of men and women. If MU decides to implement gender-neutral housing, this would be the likely site.
September 12, 2013
This text message, written by Southern Boone County senior Jacob Meadows, was sent shortly before his death. Law enforcement officials deemed it as a “credible threat.”
Map shows location of proposed symbols marking the East Campus neighborhood.
September 11, 2013
Police have reported two recent incidents of sexual misconduct at Cosmo-Bethel Park, which borders Gentry Middle School and Rock Bridge High School.
Even though Syria and Missouri are close in size, the population of Syria is 22.4 million, about 3.5 times larger than Missouri’s 6 million. Seven million Syrians have been displaced as a result of the conflict, which is one million more than the population of Missouri.