July 15, 2009
July 14, 2009
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.
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.
July 10, 2009
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.
July 9, 2009
A history of baseball card collecting and manufacturing.
A state survey has found a significant disparity between the number of employees the Boone County Circuit Clerk has and the number needed to handle the court’s workload.
Clerks keep track of nearly everything that comes through the Boone County Courthouse. As the worsening economy drives case numbers up, the number of clerks available to handle such cases remains unchanged.
Each of the hundreds of court appearances that take place in the Boone County Courthouse is made possible by the efforts of the circuit clerk and staff, who take care of most administrative tasks. A quick look at the work that goes into one consumer debt case illustrates their central role. Each step often involves numerous phone calls and minor steps too convoluted to picture here.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this map showed the location of the wrong El Pital village. The El Pital village the group visited is in the north, near the city of La Ceiba, as shown here.
Kevin Denson was one of 26 Columbia residents on a service trip in El Pital, Honduras, during last week’s coup.
July 8, 2009
A look at bat populations throughout Missouri.
July 7, 2009
Representatives of Thumper Entertainment Co. met with City Council members during a pre-meeting dinner to hash out details of the upcoming Roots 'n' Blues 'n' BBQ Festival, including proposed downtown street closures and ticketed admission areas.
MAP | Tyler Shields has not been able to leave Choluteca, Honduras, after last week's coup.
July 5, 2009
In the past 10 years, the University of Missouri System’s annual rate of return on its retirement fund has fluctuated with the ebb and flow of the stock market and the performance-calculated benchmark index.
July 3, 2009
There are several places to buy fireworks in Columbia, but also places where they are restricted.
GRAPHIC: For the second year in a row, the Columbia Public School District cut positions as part of an overall budget reduction. The total budget reduction was smaller than the previous year, but the amount eliminated from paid positions for 2009-10 was slightly higher.
GRAPHIC | Proposed street closures for the 2009 Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.
July 2, 2009
GRAPHIC | The solar house uses wooden slats, known as louvers, to regulate indoor temperatures.