KOMU 8 Top 5 Stories This Week

4 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Sunday, September 21 2014 Sep 21, 2014 Sunday, September 21, 2014 9:45:00 AM CDT September 21, 2014 in News
By: Hanna Battah, KOMU 8 Reporter

This week has been a busy one for mid-Missouri.  If you missed out on any of the action, KOMU 8 News has you covered.  Here are this week's top 5 stories:

5. Inauguration day for MU Chancellor Loftin

Thursday marked an event that had not been seen or experienced at MU in a decade: the inauguration of a new chief executive officer.

Scholars and other notable people walked from the MU columns to the Missouri Theatre to celebrate the inauguration of Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.  Loftin is MU's 22nd chief executive officer.  He took office in February after former Chancellor Brady Deaton retired last November.

That was one of several events commemorating the inauguration, and the university's 175th anniversary.

4. Jane Goodall speaks at MU

World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall spoke Wednesday night about her new book and her life's work.

Thousands attended the sold-out event, but KOMU 8 News got an exclusive interview with Goodall for those who couldn't make it.

3. Dropped wallet leads to MU basketball players' arrests

A Columbia police officer said freshman basketball player Jakeenan Gants' wallet helped lead to his and teammate D'Angelo Allen's arrest for assault Sunday.

Officer Latisha Stroer said officers found Gant's wallet on Elm Street where officers had responded to a call in which three men said a group of men assaulted them on the street.

Earlier in the year, KOMU 8 reported MU had the highest number of arrests of all Southeastern Conference schools.

2. Opus starts controversial construction project

Despite months of fighting, a highly-debated housing development began Monday in downtown Columbia.

The City of Columbia filed a motion Monday morning to dismiss a pending lawsuit that opposes the Opus construction project, arguing the current infrastructure doesn't support the proposed student housing.

1. Columbia City Council approves budget

The Columbia City Council approved the $428 million budget for fiscal year 2015 Monday night.

Members also voted to increase parking rates throughout the city, estimating it will generate an additional $119,040 of revenue.

The council voted to reduce the number of black trash bags provided through Solid Waste's bag voucher program to 50 per year. City Manager Mike Matthes initially proposed eliminating the vouchers for trash bags altogether.

The council members voted to increase the city's sewer connection fee from $800 to $1,200. 

The city council also voted 5-2 to provide $100,000 in funding for Columbia Access Television. 

The new budget will take effect October 1st, 2014.

 

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