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Columbia College softball player Kristin Eiken vs. William Woods [Photo]

Columbia College freshman Kristin Eiken slides safely into second base as William Woods infielder Taylor Lewis tries to tag her out.

Stadium Widening [Graphic]

The city of Columbia plans to modify the area around the Columbia Mall, including widening Stadium Boulevard to six lanes, changing the Interstate 70/Stadium intersection and adding bike lanes to Fairview Road.

Libyan cries for brother in funeral procession [Photo]

Abdul Farj, 25, cries uncontrollably on March 9 in Benghazi, Libya, during a funeral procession for his fallen brother, a volunteer fighter for the revolution killed by pro-Gadhafi forces while retreating from the oil-producing city of Ras Lanuf.

Pro-Gadhafi soldier receives treatment in Ajdabiyah [Photo]

A loyalist soldier receives emergency medical assistance at Ajdabiyah Medical Centre in Ajdabiyah, Libya, on March 2. Nine people were killed and 35 wounded during the first day of fighting in al-Brega, a key town about 50 miles from Ajdabiyah with one of the nation's largest oil refineries.

Ty Cacek self-portrait [Photo]

Columbia native Ty Cacek takes a self-portrait in Benghazi Cemetery.

Dogwoods on Brian Gill property [Photo]

Dogwoods bloom in the back yard of the home and property that Brian Gill is renovating on Lathrop Road. The property, near where Gill grew up, is 3.2 acres.

Brian Gill aims for June completion [Photo]

Brian Gill is in the process of renovating his property on Lathrop Road. The property has several unique features including what used to be a flower shop in the basement. Gill aims to have the renovations done by June, so his daughter can move in.

Brian Gill discusses property [Photo]

Brian Gill points out unique aspects of his property on Lathrop Road on April 21. Gill bought the property after different neighbors worked to keep it from getting purchased and torn down by outside developers.

Water flows over where the Birds Point levee once was [Photo]

Flowing water creates white caps where a two-mile long section of the Birds Point levee stood, at bottom, as the town of Cairo, Ill., can be seen at top right Tuesday in Mississippi County. The Army Corps of Engineers blew a the hole into the Birds Point levee Monday night, flooding 130,000 acres of farmland in Mississippi County in an effort to protect nearby Cairo and relieve flooding at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

Pinhook floods after Birds Point levee was breached [Photo]

Houses are surrounded by floodwater Tuesday in Pinhook. The town was flooded when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee Monday night in southeast Missouri, flooding 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri's Mississippi County in an effort to protect nearby Cairo, Ill.

Flood waters force move for famous festival in Memphis, Tenn. [Photo]

The Mississippi River is rising as seen Saturday in Memphis, Tenn., with Wolf River Harbor in foreground. The Mississippi continues rising toward its highest crest since 1937 this month, officials said. Rising floodwater along the Mississippi River has forced Memphis' signature barbecue contest to move from the riverbank.
Organizers of the Memphis in May International Festival announced on their website late Monday that the cooking competition May 12 to 14 has been moved from Tom Lee Park to the Memphis Fairgrounds.

Columbia hosted the Global Music Festival on Saturday [Slideshow]

Columbia hosted the Global Music Festival on Saturday. Anthony Snap, an Australian native, was the first musician to play.

Volunteers pick out their plots in the new community garden on Worley Street [Slideshow]

Volunteers pick out their plots in the new community garden on Worley Street

Boy Scouts rescued from Arkansas river region [Photo]

Parent Gene Josey, left, talks with Boy Scouts Ian Fuselier, second from left, Dylan Docte, top center, Stephen Miller, far right, and Josey's son Caleb Stutes at a campground near Langley, Ark., after the Scouts were rescued Tuesday. The boys and two adult leaders had been missing since Sunday, when rising water cut off their exit from the Albert Pike Recreation Area.

Firefighters battle flames at workshed [Photo]

Boone County firefighters respond to a fatal fire at 5214 S. Cowan Road early Tuesday morning. On arrival, a large work shed was engulfed in flames. A 72-year-old male, later identified as Robert Hudson was found dead inside, according to Sgt. David Alexander of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Officials investigate scene of fatal fire [Photo]

Boone County fire investigators and a state fire marshal investigate a fatal fire on South Cowan Road on Tuesday morning. Robert Hudson, 72, was killed in the fire that engulfed a work shed outside his home.

Firefighters remove debris from site of fatal fire [Photo]

Boone County Fire Protection District firefighters remove burned pieces of the roof and siding of a work shed during a fatal fire at 5214 S. Cowan Road on early Tuesday. No other structures on the property were damaged.

Boone County man dies in early morning fire [Photo]

Boone County fire investigators and a state fire marshal sift through rubble and the charred contents of a large work shed on South Cowan Road early Tuesday morning. An overnight fire destroyed the shed and killed Robert Hudson, 72, who was inside at the time.

Robert Hudson dies in early morning fire [Photo]

A Boone County man was killed in a fire early Tuesday morning at 5214 S. Cowan Road. According to the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Robert Hudson, 72, died in the blaze. Members of the Boone County Fire Protection District fight the early morning fire.

Cairo, Ill., Mayor Judson Childs also defended a controversial decision to break levee [Photo]

Water rises to the the entrance to Fort Defiance Park and the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers Tuesday in Cairo, Ill. At least 100 Cairo residents heeded their mayor's plea to voluntarily evacuate the southern Illinois city as the rivers rose around it, and officials said the evacuations could become mandatory if the Ohio gains a few more feet. Mayor Judson Childs also defended a controversial U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to protect his struggling town of 2,800 by intentionally breaking an upstream levee that now protects about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.
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