September 29, 2013
The MU Museum of Art and Archaeology will be relocated to the intersection of Garth Avenue and Business Loop 70 West at Mizzou North, the site of the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The relocation is part of the $22.85 million plan to renovate Jesse, Pickard and Swallow halls.
September 27, 2013
In order to bring higher energy-efficiency standards to Columbia housing, the City Council approved an update to building codes. The Environment and Energy Commission deemed an increase in the amount of attic, wall and perimeter foundation insulation as the most important and cost-effective energy changes from the previous code. The code calls for insulation with a higher R-value, which is a measure of thermal resistance. According to the commission, the new insulation will cause an increase in energy bill savings for home owners of about 3.3 percent more than the previous code.
Mill Creek and Rock Bridge elementary schools’ Parent Teacher Associations met with School District officials Thursday to discuss possible solutions to alleviate the problem of overcrowding. Both schools have had enrollments over capacity for several years, according to Columbia Public Schools.
September 26, 2013
The Missouri State Highway Patrol keeps data on methamphetamine incidents across Missouri. An “incident” is defined as an operational laboratory, laboratory equipment (chemical and glassware) or dumpsites.
The Neosho mucket mussel and the rabbitsfoot mussel will soon get federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. It will now be illegal to possess, kill, harvest or harm them. They can be identified by growth lines, shell color and color rays. The mussels are indicators of water quality.
September 25, 2013
Some members of the North Village Arts District Board want to turn the lot at 210 Orr St. into a community art space for North Village Arts District. Ameren Missouri currently owns the lot and plans to put it up for sale after cleaning it up. The district board would move the farmers market to the lot, along with permanent art displays, but no formal plans have been made yet.
September 24, 2013
Visitor passes are now available for residents who participate in the North Village Residential Parking by Permit Only program. The Columbia City Council approved one visitor card in addition to two residential permits for each residence in the designated parking district. More than 40 permitted spaces are available for parking in the North Village.
Boone County prosecutors filed charges in almost half of the sex offense cases they received in 2012. They won a conviction in more than half of the cases in which charges were filed.
MU’s Office of Student Conduct received two reports of sex offenses in 2012, far fewer than the MU Police Department or the RSVP Center. According to national studies, many more sex offenses occur annually on U.S. college campuses than are reported.
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.