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.

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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.

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

Houses rebuilt by Columbia Community Development Corp.

The Columbia Community Development Corp. is a consortium of seven local banks that buy vacant or dilapidated properties in Columbia’s older neighborhoods and build new houses on the lots. The corporation has built 29 homes and renovated three. Their locations are shown in the map. See the graphic on»