CDD 4/19: Two MU students charged in cotton ball incident

Columbia’s Daily Dish 4/19
Two MU students charged in cotton ball incident (CM) Two MU students arrested in connection with the Feb. 26 cotton ball incident at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center have been officially charged with littering — not a hate crime.

Legislators paint bleak revenue picture (CDT) Even though Boone County’s legislative delegates agree that a cigarette tax increase could avert further deep cuts to the state budget, the idea of a tobacco tax hike does not appear headed for debate anytime soon.

Bat in Pike County confirmed to have deadly white-nose syndrome (CM) A new fungal disease that affects bats, known as white-nose syndrome, has been found in Pike County in northeast Missouri, according to a news release from the State Department of Conservation on Monday.

Columbia launches emergency alert system (KMIZ) Residents of Columbia can receive notices of emergencies via text messages or e-mail via a new system unveiled today by the city.

City Council talking about use tax (KMIZ) Tonight city leaders will be discussing a “Use Tax” and some believe it could be a boost in revenues. Currently the city’s revenue is down more than three percent this year and city council is looking for ways to make money off your purchases from out-of-state. They’re looking at a Use Tax which is applied when you’re not charged a sales tax on purchases. City officials say this could help them regain some much needed revenue.

A somber playground (CDT) The Benton Elementary School playground normally is filled with rowdy children in the morning. Today, however, they gathered behind yellow caution tape to watch curiously as the oldest member of their school was cut down — one limb at a time.

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