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McDavid listens to question about taxes related to IBM deal [Photo]

Mayor Bob McDavid fields a question from Councilman Jason Thornhill about the type and allocation of taxes related to the recently-announced IBM deal during Monday's special council meeting. The project will bring a new IBM facility to Columbia with a projection of new jobs and increase in tax revenues for the city, all of which were under scrutiny during the public forum.

Skala addresses the council [Photo]

Former councilman Karl Skala addresses the council and audience during Monday's public forum held to discuss concerns and sing praise for the IBM deal announced on May 17 that will bring at least 600 jobs to a new facility in Columbia.

Resident voices concerns about new project [Photo]

Columbia resident Joan Beard voiced her concerns about the new IBM project coming to Columbia, including cost for the city, property taxes, the $1 proposed rent and the lack of transparency on the deal. "I'm glad IBM is coming," Beard said, "but is this the way?"

Business director organizes CDs at KCOU [Photo]

Chase Rother, business director of KCOU, organizes CDs at the radio station. KCOU is currently located in the basement of Pershing Hall but is moving to the new MU student center in December.

Hip-hop artist Brother Ali performs [Photo]

Hip-hop artist Brother Ali performs at KCOU on April 29.

Brother Ali performs at KCOU [Photo]

Hip-hop artist Brother Ali performs at KCOU radio station April 29. KCOU is a student-owned and operated radio station that has been broadcasting at MU since 1963.

Bridge construction on the MKT Trail [Photo]

Construction on Bridges 12 and 13 of the MKT Trail has been delayed at least two to four weeks due to rainy weather.

Mother mourns daughter's overdose [Photo]

Sue Tayon poses for a photo on April 22 in her home holding an urn containing her daughter Nikki Tayon's ashes in Overland, Mo. Tayon's 28-year-old daughter, Nikki, died of an overdose on heroin that was 90 percent pure, her mother said.

Mexican tar heroin [Photo]

Mexican tar heroin seized in different raid operations is seen during a news conference by the County of Ventura District Attorney's officials on March 29 at the Ventura County Sheriff's Department Jail Annex Building, in Ventura, Calif.

Woman dies of heroin overdose [Photo]

Nikki Tayon died last April of an overdose on heroin that was 90 percent pure. A decade ago, she helped lead the high school softball team from Winfield to second place in the state. But it wasn't long after high school that she began using drugs such as marijuana and meth. A couple of years ago, she turned to heroin. She was 28 when she died.

Father dies of heroin overdose [Photo]

William Henderson, a 29-year-old welder from rural Missouri, left his wife Amanda and three small boys destitute in 2009 when he died in his sleep hours after snorting heroin.

Missouri softball players leave field after defeating Illinois [Photo]

MU junior Rhea Taylor, left, and freshman Ashlie Ortega celebrate with teammates while walking off the field after playing against Illinois on Sunday. Missouri beat Illinois 4-2.

Taylor slips past Illinois player [Photo]

MU junior Rhea Taylor slips by Illinois sophomore Kelley Wedel in the first of three runs in the third inning of Sunday's softball game. Missouri beat Illinois 4-2.

Missouri softball beats Illinois 4-2 [Photo]

MU softball sophomore Kristin Nottelmann pitches another full game against Illinois on Sunday. Nottelmann has pitched 13 games this season and in all three games of this weekend's NCAA Regional event. Missouri beat Illinois 4-2.

Ground broken for new regional Catholic high school [Photo]

The new regional Catholic high school broke ground Sunday at the new site off Gans Road. Students are scheduled to start at the new school in the fall of 2011.

Site blessed for new regional Catholic high school [Photo]

Members of the Executive Committee of Father Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School and prominent members of Columbia listen as the Rev. Thomas Saucier blesses the site where ground was broken Sunday for the new school.

Cable TV providers try to improve customer service [Photo]

In this Feb. 2, 2009 file photo, a Time Warner Cable truck is parked in New York. Facing increased competition from other subscription TV services and online video, some cable companies are trying to improve customer service to retain subscribers.

Five-year study to cover management of Missouri River system [Photo]

This Sept. 18, 1946 aerial view taken from a U.S. Army airplane flying over Fort Peck Lake, near Glasgow, Mont. shows operational tests of the mile-long concrete lined spillway of the Fort Peck Dam, the first of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dams to be completed in the Missouri River basin. Congress authorized a $25 million, five-year study to determine whether changes need to be made in the 1944 law that sets eight purposes for the dams, reservoirs and lower free-flowing river.

Summer school endangered by state budget woes [Photo]

A student waits at the front doors of Raymore-Peculiar High School in Peculiar. About 2,500 of the Raymore-Peculiar district's 6,000 students enrolled in a free summer school program last year that combined traditional subjects with enrichment classes such as music. Now, with state funding uncertain, the district will focus on about 800 students who need to make up credits to graduate or are struggling to keep up with classmates.

Congress authorizes five-year study of Missouri River system [Photo]

In this March 29, 2005 file photo, Joe Gill throws out a line on the Missouri River below Hauser Dam near Helena, Mont. Congress authorized a $25 million, five-year study to determine whether changes need to be made in the 1944 law that sets eight purposes for the dams, reservoirs and lower free-flowing river: flood control, navigation, hydropower, irrigation, water supply, recreation, water quality, and fish and wildlife.
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