November 17, 2009
Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, sponsored a bill during the 2009 legislative session that, if approved, would have changed state law regarding payday loans. The bill would have required lenders that provide unsecured loans of $500 or less to obtain a license from the state's director of the division of finance; to post certain information in the lobby of the office about the loans and to charge no more than 75 percent of the initial loan amount in accumulated interest and fees. The bill was referred to the state's House Financial Institutions Committee but never reached the House floor for a final vote.
Chamber of Commerce members arrive at the Columbia Police Regional Training Facility, which officially opened Monday. The facility was created to allow for situational and in-service training in the city, instead of outsourcing training as had been the status quo.
Mayor Darwin Hindman cuts the ribbon held by members of the Chamber of Commerce, signifying the official opening of the Columbia Police Regional Training Facility on Monday. The facility houses a virtual firearm simulator and will soon be receiving a virtual driving simulator.
Brenda and Tim Norton sit on a motorcycle at Mid-Missouri Harley Davidson on Saturday. The Norton's have a Road King at home but wanted to check out a new bike. The Environmental Protection Agency is increasing emissions standards for motorcycle engines 280cc and above for 2010, which also affects some dirt bikes and scooters.
Brenda and Tim Norton sit on a motorcycle at Mid-Missouri Harley Davidson on Saturday. The Nortons have a Road King at home but wanted to check out a new bike. "I love the freedom of the ride," Brenda Norton said. "It's just the ride, not so much the destination as much as the journey."
State Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, points out that the average loan amount for Missouri payday lenders has increased 30.6 percent from January 2003 to January 2009. Still and state Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, hosted a hearing to review testimony regarding payday loan reform on Monday at the Columbia Public Library.
The most recent report from the Missouri Division of Finance indicates that payday lenders in Missouri, such as Advance America in Columbia, charge an average interest rate of 430.68 percent.
State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, left, listens to fellow State Rep. Mary Still D-Columbia, as she questions United Payday Lenders of Missouri lobbyist Randy Scherr during his testimony at Monday night's hearing at Columbia Public Library. Scherr said a significant proportion of customers of the payday lending industry are "financially savvy" individuals who are frustrated with traditional banking systems.
Latecomers fill standing room during the crowded legislative district hearing on payday loan reform held by state Reps. Mary Still D-Columbia, and John Burnett, D-Kansas City, at Columbia Public Library on Monday.
November 16, 2009
On Monday, the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts put on a Vaudevillian-style performance. The performers, known as Sutu Forte’s “Vaude Squad” began with a pre-show at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. The pre-show warmed up the crowd for a night of entertainment with drums, vocals, guitar-playing, juggling and a Charlie Chaplin impersonator.
Strength and conditioning coach David Deets keeps watch while senior Keith Ramsey lifts weights during a training session.
Missouri sophomore guard Miguel Paul lifts weights during conditioning at Mizzou Arena. The team holds conditioning sessions three times a week.
Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor moves over hurdles during a conditioning drill. The team focuses on speed when it trains in an effort to reach the level of fitness it will need to play “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” that has become a trademark for coach Mike Anderson.
Corey Brown is shown with his older son, Jailen, on the day he was born, Aug. 4, 2007. Brown was fatally shot Feb. 16, 2009, at the age of 18 behind Ballenger Liquor and C store.
Missouri's Brittany Bendoff practices her routine for the floor exercise.
Missouri freshmen gymnasts Brittany Bendoff, left, Lauren Swankoski, center, and Tori Howard chalk up their hands before working on their routines on the uneven bars during practice.
Dennis Thompson is blind with only one arm and one leg, but the Boone County Special Sportsmen's Association can help him do one of the things that he loves: hunt.
Sutu Forté, center, instructs her performers on what to do in the beginning of their show during a rehearsal on Nov. 11, at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre. From left, Irene Haskins and Hazel Kinder hug while Candace Martin smiles. Forte will perform a benefit concert Monday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.
Sutu Forté rehearses for "Sutu Forté's Vaude Squad" on Nov. 11 at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre. The show, which will be performed on Monday, is part of a benefit concert.
A T1-weighted Structural Image. The photo shows a comparison between data from new BIC 3T Siemens Trio system, left, and MU Hospital 1.5T Siemens Symphony system, right. Photo courtesy of http://clinicalneurolab.missouri.edu/BIC/index.html.