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Panels transported from Fulton to Columbia for new parking garage [Photo]

Wayne Shoemaker watches as the construction crew begins to hoist the prefabricated panel with a crane at the new parking garage in downtown Columbia. The 42 by 10 feet panels are 10 inches thick and are transported from Fulton one-by-one to be positioned and attached to the structure.

Panels to be attached to parking garage [Photo]

Wayne Shoemaker, an employee for Mid America Precast Inc. in Fulton, unstraps one of the prefabricated panels that will be attached to the new parking garage in downtown Columbia. The 42 foot long panel is at least the 90th that has been brought to the garage.

Writers seen as improving [Photo]

Principal Ben Tilly and members of the Boys Writers Club listen to Byron Toalson read his prompt during a Boys Writers Club meeting at Ridgeway Elementary School on Tuesday. "It's really encouraging to see them grow as writers," said Tillly.

Listening to other writers [Photo]

Jaden Torbet, 8, and fellow second- and third-graders listen to Jacob Jenson, 7, read his prompt during a Boys Writers Club meeting at Ridgeway Elementary School on Tuesday. Principal Ben Tilley said he has seen some of the students grow over the past two years. "I see a lot of improvements in their writing," he said. "They do a good job."

Checking their work [Photo]

Second- and third-graders, from left, Cullen Scott, Jett Wooten and Bobby Smithburg take a look at Jaden Torbet's writing prompt during a Boys Writers Club meeting at Ridgeway Elementary School on Tuesday. Principal Ben Tilly said it is the second year he has run the boys writers club and members meet once a week to work on writing skills.

Boys writers Club members work on plot line for story [Photo]

Principal Ben Tilley watches second- and third-grade boys work on writing a prompt during a Boys Writers Club meeting at Ridgeway Elementary School on Tuesday. "They've got some great ideas," he said. "Getting them down in writing is the difficult part."

Boys' and Girls' Writing Score Differences [Graphic]

Based on the results from both the National Assesment of Educational Progress and the SAT, boys are earning lower scores than girls in sections based on writing skills. Data represented here is based on grade 12 scores.

Columbia College men's basketball player Jordan Dressler [Photo]

Columbia College's Jordan Dressler, right, guards teammate Blake Walker during practice. Dressler, a former Rock Bridge standout, transferred to the Cougars from Toledo University after the Rockets went through a coaching change. “I figured if I was going to keep playing, I wanted to come home so my parents could see me play more,” Dressler said.

Ebner set to return from injury [Photo]

Missouri's Will Ebner tackles Texas Tech's Aaron Crawford. Ebner missed Missouri's win against Kansas State because of a neck strain he suffered against the Red Raiders.

Cigarette taxes by state [Graphic]

Currently, Missouri has the lowest tax on cigarettes in the U.S., costing residents 17 cents per pack. In comparison New York charges its residents $4.35 per pack. Missouri law requires that a large tax increase be put to public vote, but a marginal increase could be voted on and decided in the state legislature.

Potter's wheel at the Craft Studio [Photo]

MU sophomore Rachel Krause shapes her piece on the potter's wheel during her pottery class at the Craft Studio on Monday, Nov. 15. Krause took beginning pottery last fall.

Pottery class at the Craft Studio [Photo]

MU sophomore Rachel Krause sculpts her piece at the MU Craft Studio on Monday, Nov. 15. Krause has been taking pottery classes since last fall.

'24-Hour Comic Day' [Photo]

A view of Scott Ziolko's completed pages at the 5th annual '24-Hour Comic Day'. The concept is to create a 24-page comic in 24 hours

'24 Hour Comics Day' draws local artists [Slideshow]

The Mid-Missouri Comics Collective held its 5th annual "24 Hour Comics Day" at the Artlandish art gallery in Columbia. At the event, local comics artists tried to create 24 comics pages in 24 hours straight.

Surveillance photo from Regions Bank robbery [Photo]

Columbia police released this surveillance photo showing the robbery in progress Monday afternoon at Regions Bank, 2114 Paris Road.

Leaving volunteers on Mars [Photo]

Dr. Paul Davies, of Arizona State University, is one of two scientists that is proposing we send volunteers to Mars and leave them there. Dr. Davies says the mission would mark the beginning of long-term human colonization of Mars, with numerous follow-up trips.

Sending volunteers to Mars [Photo]

Dr. Paul Davies, of Arizona State University, holds a book on Mars as he stands in the atrium of the Biodesign Institute building on the ASU campus. Davies is one of two scientists that are proposing we send volunteers to Mars and leave them there.

Food production remains a strong industry [Photo]

Annette Eigenberger watches shredded cheese come out of a chute at the Sargento Cheese Company Friday in Plymouth, Wis. While the sluggish economy has taken a toll on manufacturing and related industries, one sector has remained a bright spot over the last few years: food production.

Tossing cheese at Sargento Cheese Company [Photo]

Dennis Schaefer tosses some slices of cheese at the Sargento Cheese Company Friday in Plymouth, Wis.

Cheese inspection at Sargento Cheese Company [Photo]

Samantha Hansen inspects slices of cheese at the Sargento Cheese Company Friday in Plymouth, Wis.
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