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Public defender budget dollars per employee [Graphic]

The Office of State Public Defender allowed three more districts to begin turning away cases on Oct. 1, saying attorneys are taking on too many cases.

Public Defenders: The cost of a case [Graphic]

The Office of State Public Defender allowed three more districts to begin turning away cases on Oct. 1, saying attorneys are taking on too many cases.

Kathy Steinhoff reviews a geometry quiz [Photo]

Jefferson Junior High School teacher Kathy Steinhoff reviews a geometry quiz with her class on Sept. 17. Steinhoff was selected as a recipient of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

Public Defenders Annual Budget [Graphic]

The Office of State Public Defender allowed three more districts to begin turning away cases on Oct. 1, saying attorneys are taking on too many cases.

Kathy Steinhoff teaches geometry class [Photo]

Jefferson Junior High School teacher Kathy Steinhoff teaches a geometry class on Sept. 17. Steinhoff was selected as a recipient of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

Tough Trikes toddler tricycles recalled [Photo]

Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs regarding safety concerns. The Tough Trikes toddler tricycles were recalled due to a protruding ignition key near the seat that the commission say could cause genital bleeding.

Tough Trikes toddler tricycles recalled [Photo]

Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs regarding safety concerns. The Tough Trikes toddler tricycles were recalled due to a protruding ignition key near the seat that the commission say could cause genital bleeding.

GRAPHIC: Columbia's property crime rate fluctuates; violent crime stays flat [Graphic]

Except for a spike in 2007, Columbia's violent crime rate has stayed at roughly 48 incidents per 10,000 residents since 2000. Property crime, though, has varied.

Cougars' Reyna on a roll [Photo]

Columbia College’s Edgar Reyna dribbles downfield with Harris-Stowe's Leonardo Paterno in pursuit. After scoring game-winner twice last week, Reyna scored three goals in the Cougars' 5-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Rock Bridge edges Hickman boys soccer [Photo]

Rock Bridge defender Patrick Bromstedt, left, tries to prevent Hickman forward Spencer Miller from getting the ball in Rock Bridge's victory Wednesday night at Hickman.

Columbia College soccer player Jimmy Herrman [Photo]

Columbia College senior midfielder Jimmy Herrman sends the ball downfield in the Cougars' 1-0 victory Saturday over Friends University. Herrman's teammates call him "The Body," a nickname he earned for the model-like appearance he has obtained from a regular work-out routine.

3M Urban Ecology Restoration Project restoration site on MKT trail [Slideshow]

The Columbia 3M plant is working with the city on the 3M Urban Ecology Restoration Project that includes a new trail that would parallel the existing MKT Nature/Fitness Trail.

GRAPHIC: Percentage of incarcerated nonviolent offenders on June 30, 2009 [Graphic]

As the result of two revisions, judges in Missouri will have the knowledge of how much it will cost to imprison a person prior to sentencing as well as a formula to predict the likelihood of an inmate being arrested after release. Ultimately, these revisions are being used to create consistent punishments across counties. This map details the differences that existed in 2009 across counties in percentage of nonviolent offenders in prison.

Man finishes rappel [Photo]

Participant Jerry Cupp (left) high-fives his belayer, Marcus Floyd, (right) after touching down to the ground level for the Over the Edge fundraiser on Wednesday. Special Olympic athlete and friend Shirlene Treadwell asked Cupp to participate in the event.

MAP: Road Closing and Parking For Roots ‘N’ Blues [Graphic]

The closest available parking garages for the event in downtown Columbia are located at Eighth and Cherry streets, Sixth and Cherry streets, and Eighth and Walnut streets. The marked streets will be closed from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m. from Friday through Sunday. Shuttle service will run from Reactor Field and the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau on Providence Road to Elm Street. The cost for adults is $3, and kids ride for free. The shuttles will run from 4 to 11:45 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Participants raised at least $1,000 [Photo]

Cecily Dallar rappels off the top level of the Tiger Hotel on Wednesday morning. Each participant had to raise at least $1,000, which will be donated to Special Olympics Missouri athletes.

Equipment ready to go [Photo]

A series of belay devices are set up for a practice rappel on top of the third level of the Tiger Hotel during the Over the Edge fundraiser on Wednesday. Twenty-two participated in the event, and over $22,000 has been collected thus far.

Dorm room charred remnants [Photo]

The charred remnants of the replica dorm room sit on display after the live burn Fire Factor event. This display is to show students what could happen to an average dorm room three minutes after the fire alarm goes off. Steven Sapp, fire marshal for the Columbia Fire Department, said that on average the Fire Department won't arrive at the scene until five minutes after the alarm sounds.

Participant prepares to rappel [Photo]

CORRECTED CAPTION: Belayer Caleb Bentsen, left, slowly lowers an Over the Edge participant, Valerie Metherne, during the practice run three stories up at the Tiger Hotel on Wednesday. Participants who raised more than $1,000 for the Special Olympics were able to rappel off the building. An earlier version of this caption misidentified Metherne.

Battling a live burn [Photo]

Firefighters Joel Pauley, left, and Klif Bullard of the Columbia Fire Department spray down the flames of a replica dorm room Wednesday at Speakers Circle. The goal of the live burn was to show the speed at which fire spreads and the unpredictability of its nature.
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