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2010 city budget 2

GRAPHIC | The relative distribution of funds to departments for the proposed 2010 city budget.

Draft regulations for urban chickens

Using other Missouri cities' recently changed ordinances as a guide, some Columbia residents are pushing for a new ordinance that would allow people to keep chickens in their backyards.

Students escape violence in Nigeria

Student from UMKC and Lincoln University were performing research in Nigeria when violence erupted in the area. They escaped and are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. on Monday.

Downtown development map

After years of discussions about the need to revitalize and redevelop parts of downtown, some projects are well under way, others are breaking ground and still more are in the works.

Correction: The Daniel Boone City Building is located between Seventh and Eighth streets on Broadway. An earlier version of this map showed it in an incorrect location. The 10-story garage will take up half the block between Fifth and Sixth streets on Walnut Street.

Most of downtown doesn't pay much property tax

Government and educational institutions, as well as private parking lots, cover about 62.5 percent of Columbia’s downtown while paying relatively little or no property tax.

City: TIFs would bring revenue

As part of their push for tax increment financing downtown, City Manager Bill Watkins and Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine have distributed numbers showing how TIF-funded construction would increase projected tax revenues from The Tiger Hotel and the proposed development at Tenth and Locust streets. The numbers were originally contributed by the developers as part of their application and have been vetted by city staff.

Downtown in decline?

Columbia officials, including City Manager Bill Watkins and Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine, have said that economic indicators suggest downtown is in trouble. Specifically, they cite data showing that the number of new business licenses issued in the central business district has stagnated and that the citywide drop in sales tax revenue is particularly dramatic downtown.

Demolition Derby Safety

How to construct your car and protect your person if you plan on entering a demolition derby.

Commerical zipline course

Eagle Falls Ranch Zipline Adventures in Eminence is Missouri's first commercial zipline course. The course features five zipline routes, some of which over look Jacks Fork River.

2009 Urban Pioneer

Sixteen high school students were selected to participate in the 39th annual workshop. Together with University of Missouri students and industry professionals the students put out a publication about the economy.

What's in a game?

The Show-Me-State Games, which kicked off on Friday, bring together athletes from a variety of sports. Though all the games are popular, they are not necessarily well known by the masses — and their names don’t always help. Disc golf doesn’t use clubs and pickleball isn’t about batting cucumbers.

Here is a primer on some of the games so that as players and fans gather in Columbia for the events, those not as familiar with the rules of the sport can get excited, or at least educated, too.

PedalingPastor

Pastor John Yonker’s four-day trip will carry him 380 miles from Columbia’s New Haven Elementary School parking lot to Indianapolis. The purpose of the ride is to raise funds for the First Christian Church’s mission of racial reconciliation. He has already raised more than $3,000 in gifts and pledges. In an effort to keep him off interstate highways, Yonker’s course will mostly consist of state highways and routes.

Show-Me State Games Participation

The Show-Me State Games have grown to become the largest state games in the nation and have enjoyed a rich history of promoting fitness for Missourians.

Communications allocations

The Public Communications Resource Advisory Committee has proposed project funding for 11 applicants. Columbia Access Television (CAT TV) has since withdrawn its application, leaving $1,150 to be redistributed among remaining applicants.

Lost funding for Columbia Public Schools

How Missouri cell phone laws compare

After six attempts to pass legislation limiting drivers' use of cell phones, Missouri legislators have passed a bill banning text messaging while driving for people 21 and younger.

Spray and strikes in high numbers

Columbia Police Department use of force

GRAPHIC | Between January 2002 and March 2009, the Columbia Police Department reported and investigated 1,027 use-of-force incidents. Of the 1,027, two were found to be improper.

Science over softball

When the Lights Go Down in the City

GRAPHIC | Columbia Water and Light has proposed replacing a large number of mercury vapor lamps with high-pressure sodium bulbs because they have been shown to be more efficient.
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