Columbia’s Daily Dish 9/17/2010

Smoking banned on Columbia Public Library grounds: (MU) COLUMBIA – The Daniel Boone Regional Library Board on Thursday voted  10-3 in favor of banning smoking on Columbia Public Library grounds.

Columbia Public Library Board trustee Rosie Gerding initiated the ban, which she said she thought would be good for everyone.

“I would just like to see us be a leader and out front with this,” Gerding said of the ban. “There were enough customer complaints about this issue that it was time to move forward on it.”

UM System President: More cuts coming to higher education, tuition increase likely: (MU) KANSAS CITY – Missouri universities could face a budget cut of up to $500 million next year, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee said Thursday.

The cut would amount to approximately a 10 percent drop in funding. That could put the current in-state tuition freeze in jeopardy.

Barrier could improve student safety: (CT) While consultants were visiting Columbia last year to study safety issues along College Avenue, a student was struck by a car as he attempted to cross the road near Bouchelle Avenue.

After successfully reaching the mid-street left-turn lane, he walked across one southbound lane between stopped cars only to get hit in the other lane as he tried to reach the safety of the sidewalk.

Government center work to get noisy: (CT) The $4.4 million build-out of the third floor of the Boone County Government Center and renovations to other county downtown campus buildings is one-quarter finished, and most of the work so far has taken place out of public view.

That will change next week when work begins on a project to extend the government center stairwell to the third floor.


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