August 30, 2013
The northern half of Missouri is experiencing drought conditions, with some counties in the northernmost part of the state undergoing severe drought.
August 29, 2013
For the past eight months, fast-food workers across the nation have been striking for higher wages.
In 1978, the minimum wage was $2.65, or $9.49 in 2013 dollars. The current minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since 2009.
On its face, it looks as if the federal minimum wage has been rising steadily since 1978. But a 1978 dollar and a 2013 dollar aren’t the same. When it’s adjusted for inflation, the value of minimum wage has been in decline for the past 30 years.
August 28, 2013
The Rome, an Italian restaurant in downtown Columbia, is currently closed, and owner Cory Hodapp applied for a demolition permit on Monday.
A new smartphone application developed by MU students offers an easy way to alert emergency officials in dangerous situations. The app, called SafeTrek, is still in the works but will be available to citizens for free upon its release.
August 27, 2013
Columbia residents who park on main roads during the winter may soon need to find somewhere else to park. In an attempt to improve snow removal efforts during inclement winter weather, members of the Columbia City Council are considering a proposal to designate more streets as priority snow routes. If the forecast indicates 2 or more inches of snow, the city would enact emergency tow zones on the streets, allowing crews to clear snow more quickly.
August 26, 2013
The Interstate 70 and Stadium Boulevard diamond interchange that began in March is the first of its kind in Central Missouri. The interchange is part of an improvement plan intended to alleviate traffic in the area. The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to complete the interchange sometime this fall.
August 25, 2013
The Columbia Public Works Department will present its plan for a new sidewalk at a public meeting Sept. 9. The sidewalk, which is marked in red, would run along Ashland Road between Stadium Boulevard and East Campus Drive.
August 24, 2013
Will Columbia get a new CVS at the corner of Broadway and Providence? Numerous city officials have denounced the project, saying it would disturb downtown Columbia’s aesthetic and threaten nearby historic sites.
August 23, 2013
Columbia Public Schools students' scores on the state's biology end-of-course exam rose nearly 15 percent over last year. Biology end-of-course exam scores are up from last year among public school students statewide.
Eighth-grade students scored lower on the math section of last year's Missouri Assessment of Progress than in years past. District administrators say that's because high-achieving eighth-graders who take Algebra 1 are no longer a part of the MAP testing pool.
CPS students made slight gains over last year on the 2013 science MAP. Those gains mirror similar gains among public school students statewide.
August 20, 2013
Every spring, fifth- and eighth-graders across the state take the Missouri Assessment Program test in science. The statewide scores are in, and they are up over previous years.
August 14, 2013
The Columbia Police Department has spent almost $1.9 million in overtime pay since Fiscal Year 2008, with the largest increase between FY 2010 and FY 2011. The overtime expenditure in FY 2012 was the highest yet, at $557,123.
July 29, 2013
Columbia bus ridership has been decreasing since 2011, with stabilizing gas prices and increased fares contributing to the decline. Columbia Public Works is planning to overhaul the system with measures including increasing route coverage, lengthening hours of operation and decreasing wait times.
July 2, 2013
The Columbia City Council recently approved changes to Providence Road between MU and the Grasslands neighborhood. The council voted to remove a stoplight at Rollins Street and install two new stoplights at Turner Avenue and at Burnam Road and Burnam Avenue. The lights, along with an extended right turn lane from Providence onto Stadium Boulevard, are intended to improve the flow of traffic to better allow Grasslands residents to enter and leave their neighborhood. A sidewalk along Burnam Road and a median between Burnam and Rollins on Providence will also be installed.
May 16, 2013
A look at events of Columbia Public School District.
In the past decade, MU has targeted out-of-state students to boost enrollment growth and revenue. However, recent forecasts predict a decline in the number of high school graduates in some states targeted by MU. The map below includes the states with more than 100 undergraduate students enrolled at MU in fall 2012 and the chart shows the projected percent change in the number of high school graduates in those states over the next decade.
May 15, 2013
While state support decreases, the percentage of MU's budget that is funded by tuition (a product of enrollment growth) has increased.
May 14, 2013
The number of HIV-related deaths has dramatically decreased since 2009, according to data compiled by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In 2009, 216 deaths were reported to have been caused by HIV. Full-year data for 2012 was not yet available; 45 HIV-related deaths in 2012 through the first half of the year were reported as of Sept. 30.