Columbia’s Daily Dish 9/16/2010

Missouri Highway Patrol starts anti-texting campaign: (Associated Press/MU) JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Highway Patrol is promoting a campaign against texting while driving by decorating its vehicles with stickers.

Missouri law forbids drivers 21 and younger from sending text messages.

Senate panel appears ready to approve nukes treaty: (Associated Press/MU) WASHINGTON — A Senate panel appears likely to recommend that the full Senate ratify a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control treaty.

It is not certain that Democrats have the votes or the time for a full Senate vote this year. But hopes for passage improved this week when a second Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee looked likely to support it. The committee was to vote Thursday.

Boone County plans tax rate hearing: (CT) The Boone County Commission will have a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on the proposed tax rate for 2010.

The hearing will take place at the start of the commission’s regular meeting in the commission chambers at the Boone County Government Center.

Library board to consider new smoking policy: (CT) The Board of Trustees for Daniel Boone Regional Library will discuss the possibility of a smoking ban on library property at its monthly meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

The library has a designated smoking area 20 feet from its buildings, but after hearing a patron’s complaint, staff members have started looking into the possibility of a smoking ban.

Business Beat: September 15, 2010: (KBIA) The Columbia City Council is considering a plan for new residential developments on the eastern side of town, but some think the area might not be ready. Plus, local businesses are increasingly using social media sites to grow and maintain their customer bases.

The Columbia City Council is considering a plan for new residential developments on the eastern side of town.

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