Ryan Ferguson continues quest for freedom

These six court documents explain each side’s argument in the contentious Ryan Ferguson murder case. I’d suggest starting with Ferguson’s habeas corpus petition, filed in January 2013.

“Neglect” a threat for Missouri State Penitentiary

I’ve been following the triumphs and troubles of the Missouri State Penitentiary since I did an extensive investigation on it a year ago. At first I was cheered to see the tourism board implementing a few of the funding solutions I had come across in my reporting. (Not that I believe that had anything to do with my reporting, obviously, I just think it shows that I managed to hit upon some truths.) Now, unfortunately, it looks like MSP is shutting down due to mold problems. The deterioration continues apace. I’m re-linking to my radio series here, which was broadcast on KBIA in May of 2012, and is sadly still relevant today:

“Neglect” a threat for Missouri State Penitentiary

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The oldest state prison west of the Mississippi sits dilapidated and crumbling in Jefferson City, Missouri. Despite its value as a tourist destination and historic landmark, the Missouri State Penitentiary might deteriorate to the point of shutting down permanently. Listen to the story on KBIA.org»

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One man’s historic building is another’s nightmarish living conditions. Former MSP inmate Joshua Kezer talks about what it was like to be incarcerated for 10 years in one of the oldest prisons in the U.S. Listen to the story on KBIA.org»
Other ancient prisons
The Missouri State Penitentiary is one of the oldest prisons in the country, but there are even older ones that survived both centuries of inmates and decades of decay. Learn about the variety of funding sources other groups came up with to keep other ancient prisons intact.

MU Student Activity Fee increases by 50 percent

The MU Student Activity Fee, a required payment for all students, has increased by 52 percent in the past five years. In fall 2012, it will cost $164.88 per semester for undergraduates.

Try out the interactive graphic on The Columbia Missourian website»

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Columbia’s blight debate: Old data used to examine poverty, population

Some citizens are concerned that 12-year-old demographic data might paint an inaccurate portrait of Columbia and Boone County. The city’s population has grown about 30 percent from 2000 to 2010.

This map shows the population change and poverty rate in the various parts of Boone County. Poverty data is from the 2006-2010 file of the American Community Survey, which is administered by the U.S. Census Bureau.

See the interactive graphic on columbiamissourian.com»

Sources: American Community Survey and the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis