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Columbia ponders increased use of popular public financing method

Although Columbia has two ongoing tax-increment financing projects downtown, city officials have expressed a desire to increase its use in the First Ward. Statewide data suggest many considerations need to be made before branching out.

City, Old Southwest Columbia residents compromise on fate of trees

On Thursday, the Columbia city arborist presented his reasons for designating eight sweet gum trees for removal on Westwood Avenue.

UPDATE: City Manager Matthes says he stands behind Police Chief Burton

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said he is standing by Police Chief Ken Burton following a call for Burton's resignation by a local police organization.

Spirituality not controlled by one "God spot" in brain, MU researcher finds

MU researchers found multiple parts of the brain are more active when a person is involved in religious practices. 

Across Missouri, cities use tax-increment financing for a variety of purposes

City and county officials are pondering a more expansive use of tax-increment financing to address a variety of public projects. Here's a look at how the method is being used by other cities across Missouri.

A timeline of tax-increment financing from the 1950s to today

City and county officials are discussing the increased use of tax-increment financing, a public funding method pioneered in California in the early 1950s. The method was legalized in Missouri in 1982, though its use in Columbia has only picked up in the past three years.

Missouri softball team didn't go far to find offensive standouts

Freshman Ashtin Stephens and sophomore Mackenzie Sykes, two of the Tigers' best offensive players this season, attended Blue Springs High School, where they led the Wildcats to an undefeated state championship season in 2009.

Fourth Ward residents discuss the future of Columbia's bus system

Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit sponsored the event to push for transit expansion.

New website allows Columbia residents to rent their houses for game days, graduation

Homeowners can rent out their homes through a new website, giving people who come to Columbia for football games and graduations a choice other than having to stay at hotels.

UPDATE: Mo. House passes whistleblower, work comp bills

Missouri's House passed two business bills Thursday that could overcome previous vetoes by the governor. While one of the bills would reduce protections for whistleblowers, the other would bar employees from suing their co-workers for on-the-job injuries.

Finalists chosen for public art to accompany Short Street garage

Two of the three finalists are Columbia residents. If the Columbia City Council approves the finalists, the artists will be paid $2,000 to create a design.

Missouri infielder works through injury setback after earning starting spot

After earning a spot in the starting lineup with a breakout at first base, Mike McGraw is confined to the dugout after injuring his thumb in practice. The sophomore, who is in his first year with the Tigers, hopes to return before the season is over. 

Ballhawk snags stray balls at Missouri baseball games

MU student Phil Joens collects an average of seven or eight balls a game at Taylor Stadium despite team assistants' efforts to get to them first.

Missouri golf recruit achieves on many levels

Missouri women's golf recruit Katherine Hepler has an impressive game, but that's not all. She has a 4.0 GPA, a 35 ACT score, plays several musical instruments and tutors chemistry and algebra, "just for fun." 

MU international students to get a taste of college football

The Missouri football team will host 150 international students Saturday at a clinic to help them understand the traditions and workings of the game.

Hickman pitcher Jonathan Jones gets complete-game victory

Jones' consistency helped the Kewpies, who have used as many as four pitchers per game so far this season, defeat Blue Springs 8-2 on Thursday at Hickman. 

Clutch hitting leads Royals to victory

Kansas City broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with consecutive two-out hits by Jeff Francoeur, Mike Moustakas and Brayan Pena, and the Royals won 4-2 over the Indians on Thursday in Cleveland.

MU will host a symposium on Rwandan genocide

Carl Wilkens, a missionary to Rwanda who stayed after Americans were evacuated, is speaking Friday evening on why he chose to stay.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Enhanced Enterprise Zone is not the answer

Mayor Bob McDavid may believe calling half the city "blighted" as just semantics, but an Enhanced Enterprise Zone would cause more harm than good for Columbia.

Missouri House passes workers' comp bill

The bill will now move to the Senate after being passed by a 99-47 vote.

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