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Processing venison [Photo]

Bill Crane shows an example Wednesday of what processed deer meat looks like in the end after running through the wrapper machine at his meat processing plant. Crane processes meat that hunters donate before he gives it to the Central Missouri Food Bank through the Share the Harvest program as well as processing for customers.

Hoping for good health [Photo]

Lindsey Cathey, 25, who works as a bartender at D. Rowes Restaurant and Bar, doesn't have health insurance and has been without it since the age of 18. She has the option of getting insurance through D. Rowes, but because it has private ownership, half of the $500 a month coverage would be out-of-pocket from the owners. "I want there to be a way that there could be a universal health care system that wouldn't destroy small businesses," she said.

Composed practice [Photo]

Anthony Hernandez is an undergraduate composer who will have his most recent composition played by the Columbia Civic Orchestra at the Missouri Theatre for the Arts on Sunday. Composing music can be a long process that can sometimes take anywhere from six to seven months, he said.

Copper bullets [Photo]

From left, a bullet made of homogeneous copper and a bullet with a lead core and copper jacket next to each other on the counter at Powder Horn Guns and Sporting Goods in Columbia on Tuesday Both weigh the same, but lead bullets are denser and therefore smaller. The homogeneous copper bullets hold together better but are more expensive than the lead-core bullets.

Hunters take aim at deer season [Photo]

K.J. Houser takes a look at a double-barreled shotgun at Powder Horn Guns and Sporting Goods in Columbia on Tuesday. Houser and his friends have prepared months in advance for the opening of rifle season this Saturday by setting out salt and mineral blocks to attract the deer. This will be Houser's first deer season, and he hopes to get his first kill.

Math scores increase in Missouri [Graphic]

The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress study shows Missouri is one of 10 states with a significant increase in mathematics proficiency scores at both the fourth- and eighth-grade levels from 2005-2009.

State poverty level standards [Graphic]

Gov. Jay Nixon announced $32 million in cuts to Medicaid. The proposed health care reform bills will increase the percentage of the federal poverty level required for eligibility to receive Medicaid. Missouri has one of the lowest Medicaid eligibility rates in the nation.

The Beat: Looking at Missouri grade school standards [Audio]

Missouri volleyball team celebrates win [Photo]

Missouri assistant volleyball coach Deng Yang, right, offers Tigers player Brittney Brimmage a word of congratulations after Missouri's victory Wednesday over Oklahoma.

Missouri volleyball player Lei Wang-Francisco [Photo]

Missouri's Lei Wang-Francisco sets a shot during the Tigers' victory against Oklahoma on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.

Aldon Smith makes a sack [Photo]

Missouri defensive lineman Aldon Smith, left, pulls down Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen for a sack in the Tigers' victory on Oct. 31 in Boulder, Colo.

Searching for victims' notes [Photo]

Crime scene investigators dig around a tree line as they look for evidence on a rural property in western Missouri on Wednesday in Bates City. Crews were scouring several acres of a land in connection with the arrest of five men charged with sexually abusing children.

Missouri football player Aldon Smith [Photo]

In nine college football games, Aldon Smith has totaled nine sacks. His teammates say his work last year as a redshirt is the reason for his success.

MU wrestling gets ready for first match [Photo]

Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith uses senior Nick Marable for a demonstration on a wrestling move during practice Oct. 23. Smith said, “We’ve been beating each other up in the room for the past month, so to get to go out and compete for the first time, and at home, it will be fun."

Veterans Day March [Photo]

Servicemen and women of the Color Guard prepare to lead the Veteran's Day Parade along it's Eighth Street route Wednesday. The MU ROTC Color Guard features members from each branch of the military.

Veterans Day Parade [Slideshow]

For Veterans Day, Boone County paid tribute this morning to U.S. service personnel and veterans with a parade and an honors ceremony that ended at the Boone County Courthouse

Family charged with sex crimes [Photo]

In this photo released by the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, from left, Jared Leroy Mohler, 48, of Columbia, David A. Mohler, 52, of Lamoni, Iowa, Burrell Edward Mohler Sr., 77, of Independence, Burrell Edward Mohler Jr., 53, also of Independence and Roland Neil Mohler, 47, of Bates City. All were arrested Tuesday and charged with forcible sodomy, rape and use of a child in a sexual performance.

The Beat: Inside "Today's Question" [Audio]

Extreme runner enjoys camaraderie of running after retiring [Photo]

Andy Pele, a 42-year-old Columbia resident and retired athlete, has competed in a wide range of athletic events including Ironman triathlon competitions and inline-skating races. He said the most extreme event he ever participated in was a 100-mile trail run in Utah. He's considering running another.

Vigil of honor [Photo]

Robert Nelson marches as part of a two-person detail Tuesday in front of the war memorials by the Boone County Courthouse. The detail was for a vigil in honor of local veterans.
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