Columbia Water and Light is taking this weekend’s Sustainable Living Fair as an opportunity to talk about the city’s progress in renewable energy usage. Columbia currently has a requirement that 2 percent of the electric portfolio include energy generated from renewable resources.
U.S. Representative and Senatorial candidate Todd Akin said Friday he plans to recover his campaign after the criticism over his comments about rape and abortion. He addressed this at the Columbia Pachyderm Club.
Heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac provided relief to some – but not all – farmers and ranchers in the drought-stricken Midwest, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report, which came out on Thursday.
Fulton’s Westminster College has received license approval from Arizona to open a campus in the state’s third largest city of Mesa. President Barney Forsythe says that after the city of Mesa completed its marketing study research, researchers found that there was an under representation of private residential higher education in Arizona.
Forsythe says that the school’s intent is to hire mostly locally in the Mesa and Phoenix area for the new campus.
Some Columbia homeowners are taking advantage of packed hotels this year by renting out their properties on home game football weekends. MU’s transition to the SEC has inspired a number of homeowners to open their homes for a weekend to visiting fans.
Dan Reidt, local property owner, decided to join the bandwagon after hearing about the money other renters were hoping to earn.
The University of Missouri football team will host its first Southeastern Conference game on Saturday night, but Delta Airlines is preparing for the occasion as well.
Delta has added an extra, one-time direct flight from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday, ahead of Missouri’s matchup with the University of Georgia. An extra, nonstop flight returning to Atlanta has also been scheduled for Sunday morning.
The flights are in addition to the regular, daily flights between the airports that began in June.
Missouri has tapped a state reserve fund for cash flow purposes for the second consecutive month. The Office of Administration said Wednesday the state has borrowed $100 million from the Budget Reserve Fund, the same amount borrowed the previous month. The funds must be repaid by next May 15.
Missouri State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the reserve fund can be used if monthly revenue collections do not meet monthly expenditures.