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.
Before the conflict in Syria began about two and a half years ago, the population was about 23 million. Since then, about 7 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes because of the conflict, one million more than the population of Missouri. The number of Syrians who have been killed in the conflict is more than 110,000, just slightly less than the population of Columbia.
The Dobbs Replacement Project, which was approved June 13 by the UM System Board of Curators, includes renovations to the area of campus comprising Dobbs Pavilion and the Jones, Lathrop and Laws residence halls. Tentatively set to begin in 2015, the first phase of the project consists of demolishing Jones Hall and Dobbs Pavilion and replacing them with two residence halls and a dining hall.
September 10, 2013
Members of the Boone County delegation will join the rest of the Missouri House and Senate on Wednesday as both chambers vote on proposed overrides of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes from the past legislative term. Find out how he voted in the past and how he plans to vote on whether to override the governor’s veto of three key bills.
September 9, 2013
MU announced increases in scholarships for incoming freshmen, including ones for in- and out-of-state residents. A new scholarship, titled the Chancellor’s Award, will also be available for in-state residents.
Columbia Public Works Department will mill and overlay asphalt on St. Charles Road, resulting in lane restrictions. The work will begin 7 a.m. Tuesday and is scheduled to end by 3:30 p.m. Friday.
September 6, 2013
Missouri Department of Transportation’s construction program funding has decreased by almost half in the past four years. In its December report, the Missouri House Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee said funding levels are barely enough to maintain existing roads.
September 4, 2013
2012 had the highest number of calls and reports of shots fired in the past five years. Based on projections, this year’s total number of calls will be lower than 2012. Police only take a report from a call if they can confirm through witnesses or evidence that shots were actually fired.
City Council rejected Harpo’s proposal to close Cherry Street and waive open container laws in front of the bar during four football weekends this year at its meeting Tuesday night. Instead, the bar owners were invited to request one weekend that council would consider as a trial. Four other bars have also requested street closures. Five others will file requests, according to a letter to City Council from the owners of Bengals. The letter said the bars in question oppose Harpo’s request to close Cherry Street because the same privileges could not conceivably be granted to all downtown bars.
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.
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.
The emerald ash borer beetle, a wood-infesting insect, is endangering ash trees across North America. First discovered in the United States in 2002, the emerald ash borer has now spread to 20 states. To prevent the spread of the insect, the USDA requires permits for the transport of wood products from the infested areas.
September 2, 2013
GetAbout Columbia has several proposed plans to create more sidewalks and trails throughout the city. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and GetAbout Columbia staff have prioritized these trails and sidewalks as the top five projects.
The intersection of Locust and Hitt streets will be partially closed beginning Thursday for the installation of a fiber-optic cable. The intersection will reopen by 5 p.m. Sept. 12.
Trittenbach Development will re-propose a new development near U.S. 63 and Discovery Parkway on Tuesday. The new proposal contains more retail space than the last time it was proposed in May.
September 1, 2013
Columbia City Council will vote Tuesday on a revised proposal for a subdivision north of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. The proposal now includes larger buffer areas for both the park and a stream. The subdivision, Parkside Estates, would include a stormwater retention area to prevent stormwater from flowing into creeks.
Columbia City Council will hear plans for a 5-foot wide sidewalk along Garth Avenue near Parkade Elementary on Wednesday. The sidewalk, which would include a crosswalk with pedestrian-activated flashing signals, would be part of Missouri’s Safe Route to Schools Program.
August 30, 2013
Missouri Department of Transportation will close a portion of I-70 Drive. Southwest for construction beginning Tuesday. The road will remain closed for 30 to 60 days while MoDOT widens Stadium Boulevard and connects I-70 Drive Southwest to the new interchange.
Old Route K will be closed between the entrances to the MU Recreation Trail and the Providence Hill Apartments during every home football game. Both driveways will be accessible. Blockades will go up three hours before kickoff and will remain through the duration of the football game.