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Weekend round-up: Local, state and sports headlines from April 17-18

Monday, April 19, 2010 | 12:52 p.m. CDT

Start off your Monday 'in the know.' This weekly feature wraps up some of the content Missourian staff found most interesting from around the state.

Did you read something else this weekend you'd like to share with others in Columbia? Post a link in the comments with your reason for sharing.

Here's what the Missourian and others wrote about this weekend:

LOCAL:

Plan being considered would keep west Broadway at two lanes (Columbia Missourian) Another plan previously considered would expand the street to four lanes.

Former Boone County Community Partnership employees allege racial bias in lawsuit (Columbia Daily Tribune) Employers say suit was brought by a disgruntled former employee who was fired for cause.

Volunteers served as interpreters for immigrants who toured local farmer's market (Columbia Missourian) Sustainable Farms and Communities sponsored an event to introduce local immigrants to the Columbia Farmer's Market.

STATE:

Construction starts are up in the Kansas City area (Kansas City Star) The number of construction permits issued during the first two months of 2010 increased 32.2 percent over the same period in 2009.

Law change would require state employees to contribute to pensions (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) The state Senate gave first-round approval last week to a bill that would require future state employees to contribute to their pensions and work longer to earn them.

Dogs and cats compete in showdown (Kansas City Star) Kansas City's Pet Expo featured pets showing their talents to benefit area animal shelters and adoption centers. Here is a slide show that accompanied the event.

SPORTS:

MU mens' basketball coach Mike Anderson staying at MU after job offer at Oregon (Columbia Missourian) Anderson said talk with family confirmed desire to remain at MU.

Former MU wide receiver Alexander used to challenges (Columbia Missourian) During one of the practices at the Senior Bowl former MU wide receiver Danario Alexander landed strangely. The result was a piece of chipped cartilage and a trip to a Miami surgeon for the fourth operation he’s had on his left knee in less than three years.


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