megan johnson

Business
9:39 am
Wed June 20, 2012

'Columbia Imagined' forum focuses on downtown 'density'

Columbia's community development team members say they will work to set a clearer definition of the term "density" as it refers to growth downtown.
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The “density” of Columbia’s downtown areas was a key topic emerging from the fourth phase of the city’s public-input program known as “Columbia Imagined.” A slightly smaller crowd than usual gathered at Columbia city hall last night (Tuesday) to discuss the fourth phase of the planning program. Called “Where are we headed?” the discussion drew Columbia community development planners and a crowd of about 20 participants to discuss possible options for Columbia’s growth.

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Agriculture
9:03 am
Thu June 7, 2012

The rural crime of cattle theft resurfaces in Missouri

High cattle prices and a struggling economy are to blame for a rise in cattle thefts throughout the state.

In late May, thieves stole thirteen cows from a Walnut Grove, Missouri farm. Rural Greene County in southwest Missouri has reported at least four cattle rustling cases with more than 100 missing cows this year. Kelly Smith is marketing and commodities director of the Missouri Farm Bureau. She says cattle rustling is a problem that has recently resurfaced: "It kind of peaked itself out probably in 2008 and 9, went away and has come back again. Where we see cattle rustling take place, typically is Southwest Missouri, where we see it happen a lot.”

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