MAP: Columbia power outage affects hundreds

Between 500 and 1,000 customers were without power Sunday morning after the aerial ladder of a fire truck came in contact with a high voltageelectrical transmission line at Columbia Fire Station 4.

MAP: Shots fired at Sideline Bar

Sidelines Sports Bar is located north of I-70 on the 700 block of Big Bear Boulevard. Shots were fired outside the bar early Sunday morning.

CHART: Columbia experiences dramatic temperature changes

The average temperature for the past three days has ranged from eight degrees to 33 degrees Fahrenheit. Although Sunday’s high was 56 degrees, the National Weather Service predicts it will drop to 13 degrees Monday.

CHART: Columbia to experience high wind speeds

Wind speed has fluctuated this past week. Wind speeds this coming Monday and Tuesday are expected to peak at 18 mph and 9 mph, respectively.

MAP: Tax-increment financing plan

In order to fund sewer and electric improvements downtown, officials have proposed a tax-increment financing plan for an area in central Columbia. Until improvements can be made, a moratorium has been placed on new development downtown, and a number of projects are now on hold.

MAP: Aspen Heights community forum

The Aspen Heights housing complex in Columbia is holding a community forum in February to discuss crime in the area.


This 2013 photo released by the Arkansas State shows NCAA college football player Markel Owens. Authorities said Thursday that the junior defensive lineman was one of two men shot to death during a home invasion robbery in Jackson, Tenn., Wednesday night.

Decline in Russian adoptions

Since 2003, U.S. adoptions from Russia have declined more than 85 percent.

GRAPH: Number of low-income students in AP courses grows

Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch come from households with an income at or slightly above the federal poverty guidelines. During the 2012-13 school year, 133 students who qualified for free or reduced-price lunch were enrolled in AP courses. The following year, that number nearly tripled: 395 qualifying students were enrolled.

GRAPH: CPS sees increase in minority students who enroll in AP classes

The number of minority students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement course more than doubled between the 2012-13 academic year and the 2013-14 academic year. Individual minority groups saw significant increases; the number of black students more than quadrupled, the number of Hispanic students doubled, and the number of multiracial students more than doubled.

CHART: Minority students' share in AP courses grows

Nearly twice as many Columbia Public Schools students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2013-14 school year compared with the previous academic year. Minority students made up 24 percent of enrolled students during the 2012-13 school year and 31 percent of enrolled students the following year. The share of black students grew the most: from 6 percent in 2012-13 to 13 percent of enrolled students in 2013-14.

ILLUSTRATION: Before and after knee replacement surgery

When a patient goes in for a knee replacement it’s usually because eroded cartilage has made walking painful. There is no cure for this type of arthritis, so doctors insert an artificial knee. The doctor attaches metal alloy caps to the thighbone and shinbone, then places a plastic spacer between the metal caps. The plastic spacer acts as artificial cartilage.

GRAPH: More Title I preschool students take part in full-day program

During the 2013-14 school year, less than a quarter of Title I preschool students stay the full day. The portion of students enrolled in the full-day program has grown since 2003, when only 4 percent participated for the full day.

CHART: Academic gains among Title I preschool students

Title I preschool tests assessed the students’ ability to write their own name and to recognize uppercase letters. In the fall of 2012, about four out of 10 students could recognize uppercase letters and about five out of 10 students could write their name. By the end of the academic year, those rates had increased to more than eight out of 10 and nine out of 10, respectively.

CHART: Extra year in Title I bumps student test scores up

Students who stayed an extra year in a Title I preschool program tested better than those who participated for just one year in all but one area upon entering kindergarten.

CHART: Full-day enrollment grows among Title I preschool students

During the 2013-14 school year, less than a quarter of Title I preschool students stay the full day. The portion of students enrolled in the full-day program has grown since 2003, when only 4 percent participated for the full day.

CHART: The facts about E15

The facts about E15

ILLUSTRATION: Anatomy of a healthy knee

Everyday use of the knee can cause osteoarthritis in the joint. A healthy knee has cartilage on the thighbone, shinbone and kneecap to cushion the hinge.

CHART: Calls to Columbia Police Department

Every time a burglary alarm is triggered in Columbia, it makes an automatic phone call to the Columbia Police Department. About 96.5 percent of alarm calls are false alarms, slightly lower than the national average of 98 percent.

CHART: Guide to academic regalia- the gowns

During commencement, students and faculty wear traditional academic regalia according to what degree they are receiving or have received.