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Witnesses testify in favor of autism bill [Photo]

State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, (presiding and seated center) listens to witnesses testifying in favor of a state Senate bill on Tuesday in the statehouse. The bill would require health carriers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders under certain conditions. Missouri state Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, is sponsoring the bill.

Opponents speak against the autism bill [Photo]

William Shoehigh, lobbyist for UnitedHealthcare Inc., speaks against the state Senate bill about health insurance for autism spectrum disorders at the Missouri statehouse. Shoehigh said that UnitedHealthcare Inc. was in opposition to the legislation.

MU's J.T. Tiller hits rough spot [Photo]

Missouri senior guard J. T. Tiller, center, scrambles for a loose ball. TIller, the Tigers' only four-year player this season, has 11 turnovers and five assists in his first three Big 12 Conference games this year.

Lobbyist speaks against health bill [Photo]

UnitedHealthcare lobbyist William Shoehigh speaks against the state Senate bill about health insurance for autism spectrum disorders on Tuesday at the Missouri statehouse. Shoehigh said that UnitedhHealthcare was in opposition to the legislation.

Daryl Dudley [Photo]

Fourth Ward councilman candidate Daryl Dudley.

Sewer extension near new high school site [Graphic]

A sewer line that would serve the new high school site and the surrounding area was up for public hearing and a vote by City Council on Tuesday. If approved, the Boone County Regional Sewer District would cover up to $600,000 of the estimated $1.37-million sewer.

Showing support for Brown [Photo]

Matt Paturzo, a supporter of Massachusetts state Senator Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, rides a high-wheeler Tuesday in Wrentham, Mass. Brown won a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left empty by the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., defeating Democrat Martha Coakley.

Brown watches election night returns [Photo]

Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, watches election night returns with family and supporters Tuesday in his room at election-night headquarters in Boston. Brown won the special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. He ran against Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent and not related to the late Sen. Kennedy.

Brown supporters show enthusiasm [Photo]

From left, Barbara Ann O'Neill of Wrentham, Mass., and Jacob Porter of Bucks County, Penn., both supporters of Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, wave flags before results are announced at Brown's election night headquarters Tuesday in Boston. Brown was on the ballot of a special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. He ran against Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and won.

Coakley supporters react to vote tally [Photo]

From left, Maureen Kelly and Donna Gagnon, supporters of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, react to a vote tally displayed at Coakley's election-night headquarters Tuesday in Boston. Coakley, a Democrat, was on the ballot of a special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Coakley ran against Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, and a Libertarian running as an independent and not related to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Iris scanners to compliment fingerprinting [Photo]

Steve Ruch, a representative of SureScan Technology, demonstrates how to use an iris scanner. Iris scanners will be used by the Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Department for identification purposes. Each eye has 240 points used for identification. The scanners will be used as a complement to fingerprinting.

State senate holds autism bill hearing [Photo]

Erica Alvarez of Wentzville fills out her witness form on the back of her eight-year-old daughter Yzabel on, after speaking in support for the state Senate bill. Alvarez said she has a son with autism.

Bleu holds Haiti-relief charity event [Photo]

A donation container for Haiti-relief charity fills up during the lunch hours at Bleu Resturaunt and Wine Bar, during the restaurant's Tuesday charity event. The event included a menu featuring an all-Haitian selection, and the wait-staff and hourly workers donated their wages and tips. "I hope this will inspire other members of the community to see what they can do to make a contribution," house manager Desmond Peters (right) said.

Columbia remembers Martin Luther King Jr. [Slideshow]

Residents held services throughout the town to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Kansas State basketball player Jamar Samuels [Photo]

Kansas State's Jamar Samuels celebrates moments after the Wildcats beat top-ranked Texas

Kansas State men's basketball coach Frank Martin celebrates win over Texas [Photo]

Kansas State coach Frank Martin wears a fake beard during a postgame interview after beating Texas Monday night in Manhattan, Kan. The beards were given to the first 1,000 fans at the game to support Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen, who has grown a similar beard.

MLK Day: Drinks [Photo]

Left to right: Rama Secka and Khadija Tejan pass out drinks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday. Both are Mizzou students and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Their organization is very involved in public service, Secka said. The woman on the right declined to give her name and said, "I'm not doing anything significant. I'm just a community helper."

MLK Day: Serving food [Photo]

Keon Jordan waits for his plate of food during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Jordan attended the breakfast with his cousins Deautrey Jordan and Eric Cravens.

MLK Day: Breakfast [Photo]

Wanda Cason enjoys visiting with members of the community during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast held at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Monday. Cason says she has attended the breakfast every year since she moved to Columbia about 17 years ago. She says her reason for attending the breakfast has remained the same. "When you grow up with Dr. King as one of your idols, the chance to memorialize him keeps the dream alive," Cason said.

MLK Day: Serving line [Photo]

Gary Craig, Kedar Boyce and Phillip Simpkins serve an attendee of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday. The men are members of the Mizzou Black Men's Initiative, an organization that "helps us academically and socially," Craig said.
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