VA Hospital Expansion

GRAPHIC | On Monday, Truman Veterans Hospital will break ground on a new addition. Construction at the hospital will unfold in three phases — construction of the new building, followed by two phases of renovations within the old.

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Breaking with the Party

GRAPHIC | Sen. Kit Bond has voted with his party 78.1 percent of the time since the 111th Congress convened in January.

VA Construction Timeline

GRAPHIC | Construction plans for the addition to and renovation of Truman Veterans Hospital.

Online enrollment

Advances in technology and a rise in demand has enabled an increase in online classes offered by Missouri schools, with MU, Stephens College and Columbia College leading the way. Columbia College, in particular, has seized the opportunity and now runs online and satellite campuses across the country.

Same book, different prices

Textbooks are becoming more readily available in alternative formats to help students cope with book costs. “Exploring Business,” by Karen Collins, is one textbook offered in multiple formats. An open source version is also available free online.

Radiofrequency ablation

RF Ablation is a treatment for a precancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus. The treatment consists of inserting and then inflating a balloon at the end of a scope within the affected area of the esophagus. A rapid (less than one second) burst of energy removes a very thin layer of the diseased esophagus, allowing healthy underlying tissue to surface.

Recording red-light renegades

The city’s first red-light cameras, at Providence Road and Broadway, are up and running, though violators will not be ticketed until the end of a 30-day warning period. A second set of cameras should be installed on the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street sometime next week.

Missouri River 340 Race and canoe designs

2010 City Budget

GRAPHIC | Although the proposed city budget for 2010 is down from the 2009 budget, the distribution of funds to departments remains similar.

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.