GRAPHIC: Plans for new Columbia elementary school

Columbia Public Schools broke ground on a new elementary school in southwest Columbia on Monday. The school will be built on land purchased from the Sapp family for $2.8 million.

New trail to connect Cosmo Park to diverging diamond

A new trail will allow pedestrians to cross Interstate 70 and safely walk to Cosmo Park. This is the first in a series of planned new trails and trail improvements.

MAP: Best-valued pastureland is in the Northwest

In July, MU Extension researchers conducted a survey to estimate the price of pastureland per acre. Livestock graze in grassland areas. Northwestern and southeastern parts of the state were valued the highest by rural appraisers, real estate agents and brokers. There were 214 respondents. The land that was looked at was deemed “good” by the people who participated in the survey.

MAP: Best-valued cropland is in Southeast region

In July, MU Extension researchers conducted a survey to estimate the price of cropland per acre. The Bootheel, the most southeastern part of the state, was valued the highest by rural appraisers, real estate agents and brokers. There were 214 respondents who appraised land they deemed “good,” according to the survey.

GRAPHIC: NFL defensive linemen draft picks

NFL teams have drafted eight Missouri defensive linemen since 2001. Two more are expected to go pro next season — Shane Ray and Markus Golden. Ray is a redshirt junior but is pegged as a top-10 pick in most mock drafts.

GRAPHIC: Missouri 44th District map

Caleb Rowden and Tom Pauley are running for the 44th district seat in the Missouri House.

CHART: Columbia police officers spending less time community policing

Since 2010, the Columbia Police Department has maintained a roster of 160 officers, departing from a trend of adding two to four officers per year going back to the 1990s. The freeze coincides with an 18 percent decrease
in calls initiated by officers, meaning they spent less time seeking out issues in the community and more time responding to service calls. Officers try to spend a third of their time on each, and another third of their time doing paperwork associated with the service calls.

CHART: Moving up

A Missourian analysis found that the Columbia Police Department has 2.13 officers for every 1,000 calls that it receives from residents, good for fourth highest out of the nine Missouri cities and college towns examined. But Proposition 1 would add 40 officers, putting Columbia just behind College Station, home to Texas A&M., which benefited from fielding nearly 30,000 fewer service calls than the Columbia Police Department in 2013.

CHART: Proposition 1 would boost police statistics

After years of incremental hiring and a standstill since 2010, Proposition 1 would allow the Columbia Police Department to hire 40 new officers.

GRAPHIC: Missouri 4th Congressional District

In the 2014 general election, incumbent Vicky Hartzler is facing Herschel Young and Nate Irvin in the 4th Congressional District. It was redrawn in 2012, moving Boone County from the 9th District.

MAP: Proposed Snow Routes

On Monday, Columbia City Council discussed staff recommendations for 10 miles of additional roadways to add to priority snow routes. The city would have to add new signage to the roadways at a cost of $800.

Internet Harassment Experienced

Pew Research Center found 40 percent of Internet users have personally experienced harassment online. Respondents to Pew Research Center said they were the target of at least one of the following online.

Types of Harassment Witnessed Online

A new report from the Pew Research Center found 73 percent of adult Internet users have seen someone online being harassed. Users reported seeing at least one of the following occur to others online.

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.