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Why the Business Loop CID faltered and the tax workaround it exposed

Map of Community Improvement Districts and Registered Voters Full screen map view When property owners in commercial neighborhoods want to clean up their block, they sometimes turn to creating special tax districts. These districts use tax hikes to pay for aesthetic and safety improvements. But what happens when you cut out the public from having a voice on those taxes? That public exclusion has created a mess in Columbia’s Business Loop District and locals are irked about the process.
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Farm Your Yard: There's Always Next Year

Oct 1, 2015
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If you are a backyard gardener you are well aware that we are about to turn the last curve into the homestretch of the 2015 gardening season. If you are really on top of things, you already have all or most of your fall greens and roots planted, and if you are really on top of things, those fall veggies are already peeping out of the ground. But don’t worry, if you aren’t quite there, you still have a little time to get outside and plant your last crop of lettuce and radishes for the season. While it might seem a bit premature, let’s stop and take a fond look back at the 2015 gardening season.

  Some readers are moving away from digital reading and becoming a cross-reader: a person that utilizes both print and digital forms of material. The Association of American Publishers said eBook sales fell 10 percent within the first few months of 2015.

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 A federal watchdog said it confirmed a whistleblower's claims that St. Louis' Veterans Affairs sites wrongly marked appointments for mental health patients as completed even before the patients were seen, boosting the system's performance showing.

University of Missouri

  The University of Missouri joined a nationwide coalition dedicated to making it easier for high school students to apply for college.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Researchers from the University of Missouri are working with the Missouri Department of Conservation on a five-year study of white-tailed deer in the state. The study's goal is to find the survival differences of deer living in north east counties compared to south central counties.

The team of researchers are tracking the movements of deer using GPS collars in Nodaway, Gentry, Andrew, DeKalb, Wright, Texas, Douglas and Howell counties. Once the study is over, the Department of Conservation will use the data to reevaluate deer population management through strategies like hunting.

KBIA's Michaela Tucker spoke with Jon McRoberts, the project coordinator and wildlife researcher at the University of Missouri, about the progress of the study as it approaches the end of its first year.

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When a woman is trying to leave an abusive relationship or unsafe domestic situation, shelters offer a safe space for her to stay and get back on her feet. But leaving an abusive relationship can be difficult for any woman.

According to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline, a woman seeking help will be in and out of a shelter seven times on average, before leaving the relationship. For deaf individuals, that number doubles.

Parents Upset Over Transmission Line Project

Oct 1, 2015
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Columbia Water and Light held an open house at Rock Bridge High School on Wednesday. 

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The city of Columbia is moving back toward using red-light cameras. 

Previously, the city had used cameras from 2009 to 2013, but stopped because of unclear court rulings surrounding their use.

Last month, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled the use of red-light cameras was constitutional, which prompted the city to look back into installing cameras at various intersections.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about their efforts during 'Hunger Action Month' to educate the community and to raise awareness about food insecurities in Mid-Missouri. How did they do it? (Hint: it involved a giant orange spoon!) October 1, 2015


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